Christmas classics: White Christmas

white christmas

Who could resist a movie with costume design by Edith Head, music by Irving Berlin, and choreography by Bob Fosse? White Christmas was nominated for an Oscar for best music and was the top-grossing film of 1954. The film contains the best-ever female dancer, Vera-Ellen in her best-ever role. Some amazing music and dance numbers including “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” and “Mandy”. Color/rating: approved/120 min.

Cast:
Bing Crosby                        Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye                       Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney         Betty Haynes
Vera-Ellen                           Judy Haynes
Dean Jagger                      General Waverly
Mary Wickes                      Emma (aka Sister Act, Little Women)
George Chakiris                (uncredited) dancer (won an Oscar in 1962
                                                   as best supporting actor in his role as
                                                   Bernardo in Westside Story. Easiest to spot
                                                   in White Christmas in the Minstrel Show
                                                  number and Rosemary Clooney’s solo in                                                                              the  nightclub.)    

 

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