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Holiday Inn (1942)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 0

With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because it introduced "White Christmas" to the world.

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With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because it introduced "White Christmas" to the world.

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Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of

Nov 2, 1999

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Crosby's easy, casual banter is just the right foil for Astaire's precision acrobatics, his wry, offbeat humor.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Loaded with a wealth of songs, it's meaty, not too kaleidoscopic and yet closely knit for a compact 100 minutes of tiptop filmusical entertainment.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Holiday Inn offers a reason for celebration not printed in red ink on the calendar.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Irving Berlin score, including 'Easter Parade' and 'Let's Say It with Firecrackers' (which gives Fred his best moment) makes up for the thin story.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Although all the holiday's are covered, this is really a Christmas movie at heart. Overshadowed by its more famous (and overrated) remake, Holiday Inn deserves more credit than it gets.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

This classic musical paired Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire for the first time.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

One of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire's most enjoyable and most commercially popular musicals, featuring Irving Berlin's iconic, Oscar-winning ballad, White Christmas.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Classic musical with some controversial material.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Not the best film for either of the film's stars, but Astaire proves that he can dance even without Ginger.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The film's highlight is a bang-up July 4th 'Let's Say It with Firecrackers' that finds Astaire in fine form.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Want more? Stir in the first singing of Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' and 'Happy Holidays.'

October 25, 2004 | Comment (1)

True to type, Crosby plays nice and Astaire shallow… The story writes itself, careful never to get in the way of big production numbers for every holiday on the calendar.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Call it old-fashioned or old Hollywood fluff, Holiday Inn is a sweet, pleasant slice of another time in pop entertainment.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Great songs and stars and a pretty good script, too

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Astaire's low points, but with a sensational 4th of July dance number.

August 22, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Despite not being the success it could have been, this can still inspire a festive glow.

April 18, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Holiday Inn, is, of course, filled with the kind of pretty Christmas songs and picture-postcard scenes of snow and horse-drawn sleighs that make for beloved holiday movies. But there's also some darkness lurking here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Holiday Inn

If you love Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin, you need to see this movie. If not, you'll be annoyed with all the song and dance numbers going on. Only see this if you're a fan.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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you know all the songs...it's all about a life you never knew...but they want you to BE THERE and you want to be there too...don't you? sing the songs and miss the place you never were at...one of the most in-your-face fantasies hollywood ever did, about that most sacred of holidays: all of them. enjoy
August 7, 2007
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this a lot! It was charming and funny.
January 5, 2012
trisarahtops22

Super Reviewer

This was pretty cute and very entertaining. I wish the DVD hadn't kept skipping, but what I saw was good!
December 28, 2010
irisheyes686

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    1. Jim Hardy: I'll take a bowl of..coffee.
    – Submitted by Liz W (18 months ago)
    1. Ted Hanover: I like it here... with you and Linda. [to Hardy]
    2. Jim Hardy: answers: And we love having you. When are you leaving?
    3. Francois: How can I stop him sir when I don't know which way is Connecticut!
    4. Jim Hardy: A drink? Boy you were fractured!
    5. Mamie: [about winning Linda back] You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you'd only turn on the heat!
    6. Linda Mason: You sound sweet, but you don't make sense.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. Ted Hanover: A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.
    2. Jim Hardy: What brings you here on this bright and uninviting day?
    3. Ted Hanover: He always has that look! It doesn't mean anything emotionally. It has something to do with his... liver.
    4. Ted Hanover: Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.
    5. Jim Hardy: Right now I've got the ledger in an iron lung.
    6. Danny Reid: How'd he get that far in five minutes?
    7. Danny Reid: The world can't do this to us!
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. Ted Hanover: It's going to be easy - like peeling a turtle.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
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