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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Movie Review: White Christmas (1954)


Merry Christmas! As it is the third day, I think it's about time I review a Christmas movie! Today I will be reviewing one that is very nostalgic, one that I have been watching for as long as I can remember!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

White Christmas (1954):
"Vermont should be beautiful this time of the year with all that snow."
After World War II ends, a former private, Phil Davis, convinces a former captain, Bob Wallace, into becoming a "dynamic duo" singing act. "For an old friend in the army" they end up helping the Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy out of trouble. Judy and Phil work together to try to get Betty and Bob to fall in love. They end up in Vermont where Phil and Bob's former major general owns an inn and is feeling down. They bring their show up to bring in some business and try to cheer "Old" Tom up.
Genre: Musical, Christmas.
Length: approx. 120 minutes.
Costumes: 7, There are some "skimpy" ones in the show biz, but other than that they are great.
Costumes by: Edith Head.
My favorite: It has changed so often! My favorites used to be all of Judy's dresses, but currently they are all of Betty's dresses!
Script: 9, "Once I figure out what that means I'll come up with a crushing reply."
Directed by: Michael Curtiz.
Produced by: Robert Emmett Dolan.
Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, & Melvin Frank.
Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace. "You're a lonely, miserable man."
Danny Kaye as Phil Davis.
Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes.
Vera-Ellen as Judy Haynes.
Dean Jagger as Major General Tom Waverly.
On the left.
Mary Wickes as Emma.
Anne Whitfield as Susan Waverly.
Johnny Grant as Ed Harrison.
Percy Helton as Train conductor.
Herb Vigran as Novello.
Cinematography: 8, there aren't a lot of outdoor scenes, but the set scenes are pretty impressive.
Cinematography by: Loyal Griggs.
Music: 10! On of my favorites is "Snow!"
Music by: Irving Berlin.
Quotes: 9,
'"How much is 'wow'?"
"Somewhere between 'ouch' and 'boing'!"'
Oscars won: It didn't win any, but it was nominated for Best Original Song for "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep."
Notes: Though the movie title is "White Christmas" the song first came out in the movie Holiday Inn. It won an Oscar there.
This is probably one of the most famous scenes!
Storyline: 8, there is smoking, and a few suggestive things.
Good For: Musical lovers, Christmas movie fans.
Overall Score: 8.5
Bonus thoughts: As I said that my taste in costumes has changed, so has my taste in songs! My favorites are now "eh", and my old least favorites are now my actual favorites.

Well, there you have it! Have you seen this movie? Any thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas!



  1. I love this movie with a PASSION! Thanks so much for reviewing it, MC! You really have the knack for it ;)

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Fawnabelle! It is really sweet of you to say! That really means a lot. :)

  2. I adore this movie. I try to watch it every year, and this year I got to introduce my kids to it! It's one of the very few movies that I would like to live inside, if I could.

    1. Aw, that is so much fun!! That is awesome that your kids saw it this year. I never have thought about that, but I agree, it would be a great one to live in!!


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