As someone who enjoys a wide variety of music, it should be of no real surprise that I enjoy many musicals. Pair in my love of holiday films and there’s no question that I’d love to watch Holiday Inn and White Christmas.
Holiday Inn has been a favorite of mine for years. I love the variety of music and all the fun dances. Plus, I dreamt of a lovely ‘white christmas’ at an inn like the one featured. For those that haven’t seen this one, it’s a gem and the first time the song White Christmas made an appearance in a film. Bing Crosby definitely wins out over Fred Astaire in this movie for me. The original is black and white (which I love) and they’ve done a color version of it now as well. As for me, I’d stick with the black and white with all the awesome shadows!
Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover have been vaudeville partners for many years but when Ted announces that he and Jim’s girlfriend, dancer Lila Dixon, are going to set off on their own, Jim decides the time has come to retire. He buys himself a farmhouse in New England and settles into the country life but soon realizes that he has an opportunity to do something special. He decides to open his inn to the public, but only on major holidays. Things are going well for him until his old partner Ted shows up and sets his sights on Jim’s new friend, Linda Mason. The film introduced the song White Christmas. (from IMDB website.)
White Christmas is one that so many friends and family raved about for years before I watched it. It is a long movie compared to many out there with plenty of fun included. A few years ago, my sister Sara gave me a copy on DVD to watch. Now I feel a little tug to dig it out and watch it sometime in this next month. Although, if push came to shove I’d watch Holiday Inn first!
After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. (from IMDB page.)
For my readers that have viewed either or both, what are YOUR impressions of the films? Favorite songs or scenes??
This post has been submitted for inclusion in The Christian Home Issue 41 hosted here.
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Feel free to leave suggestions for me as well that are family friendly or uplifting for adults. While I have movies and some music selections in mind, I’m always on the lookout for other great choices.