White Christmas (1954)

The movie starts with two soldiers Phillip Davis and Captain Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) putting on a show during Christmas Eve for their fellow men. In particular, the second number we hear and the penultimate song of the show is Wallace singing "White Christmas." With a change of command, they soldiers sing a final song as a farewell to their former general, General Waverly. Soon after, however, the area finds itself under fire and Davis saves Captain Wallace (Bing Crosby) from a collapsing wall, injuring his own arm in the process. For saving his life, Wallace puts himself in Davis's debt. Immediately, Davis requests to perform a duet with Wallace when they get back to the states, since Wallace is a famous entertainer.

The captain is reluctant at first, saying he's a single act. Wallace, however, gives in upon seeing Davis sitting sorrowfully with his injured arm. Back in the states, the two perform and become a hit: Wallace and Davis. We see, in a span of a montage, their popularity grows and eventually they go on to producing musicals. The montage ends with the duo performing in Miami, where they see to a letter from an old army friend, asking them to give his sisters an audition. They oblige and go see the Haynes sisters perform.

We soon learn in a conversation between the sisters, Judy and Betty, that it was in fact Judy who wrote the letter. In any case, the two perform a number and then sit to talk with Wallace and Davis. As Davis and Judy stand up to dance, Betty admits to Wallace what Judy did. While Wallace doesn't think much about it, the two find themselves in a bit of an argument. In any case, after a dance number between Davis and Judy, the sisters find themselves in some trouble with the sheriff over money, and Wallace and Davis help them flee.

Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye)

While Wallace is intent on heading back to New York, the Haynes sister are headed to Vermont, and Davis does his best to convince Wallace to go there with them. Successful, the four head up to Vermont, where Wallace and Davis run into their former general, now the owner of the inn at which the Haynes sisters are to perform.

Unfortunately for Major General Waverly, there hasn't been any snow, very strange for Vermont at that time of year, and the hotel has trouble with business. Coming up with a temporary solution, Wallace and Davis bring their rehearsal crew up to Vermont and rehearse at the inn.

Eventually, Wallace and Davis come up with the idea to put on a Christmas Show, invite as many soldiers from the 151st Division up to Vermont, and surprise the old general.

The Haynes Sisters: Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera Ellen)

Meanwhile, there is a complicated romantic relationship developing between Wallace and Betty. Concurrently, there is a simpler romantic relationship disguised as a friendship developing between Davis and Judy. In any case, the relationship between Wallace and Betty is delicate and at one point troubled by a rumor spread by the general's wife. With a lack of communication, the problem is left unresolved and Betty leaves to New York.

Soon after, Davis also leaves to New York to go on television to call for local members of the old troop to head to Vermont for the surprise.

Will Wallace and Betty get together? Or how about Davis and Judy? And last, but not least, will it end up being a white Christmas in Vermont? Watch the movie to find out!

Bob, Betty, Phil, and Judy

While my sister has seen this movie several times, probably once every Christmas, this is my first time watching this movie.

It was enjoying to watch a musical, especially since I grew up watching various musicals on VHS. I should add that I originally thought that the movie would only be fun to watch during the holiday season (December), but I had a wonderful time watching it in July.

Overall, it's a wonderful movie with a lot of singing and dancing. It should be noted, however, that some of the musical numbers are there because the story involves rehearsing for a show, as opposed to numbers which are integrated right into the plot. With that being said, I recommend this movie to anybody who enjoys musicals and to anybody who enjoys watching song-and-dance numbers.


Major General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger), his grandaughter Susan Waverly (left, Anne Whitfield), and his housekeeper Emma Allen (Mary Wickes).

I watched White Christmas today with Ada, because it's the holiday season and she hadn't seen it before.

Watching the film today, I suppose it was silly to me how the main dilemma in the plot could have been cleared up with a simple conversation, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief.

In general, I love all the songs and dance in the movie and it could have just as well had no plot and it would have been a delight to watch.

On a different note, Ada remarked throughout the movie that Vera Ellen (who plays Judy) seemed to be much more of a dancer than the other protagonists. Looking into it, I learned that "Trudy Stevens provided the singing voice for [her]." (Wikipedia)

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 96% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

Bob and Phil with Betty. 

Instant Comments:
2: "At ease." And he stands straight.
2: Davis points to his arm to convince Bob. [He does it again later and they have a big conversation (about girls, happiness, etc.)]
2: This scene when they're changing is mostly a palette of gray.
1, 2: "Brown." "Blue."
2: Meddling housekeeper... (though it was properly preceded from earlier)
2: Haha. She's forward ("temporary" engagement). Haha. Hilarious interaction.
1: It was such a touching moment when the general came out and was surprised by his men's presence.

Watched 20130719 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched 20181130 (Netflix, Instant) (English subtitles)
White Christmas (1954) Michael Curtiz. 120 min

Bob and Phil with Judy.

Relevant Links:
White Christmas (IMDb.com)
White Christmas (film) (Wikipedia.org)
White Christmas (song) (Wikipedia.org)
White Christmas (RottenTomatoes.com)

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