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Holiday Inn (1942)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 11,493



Movie Info

Music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire all add up to a really delightful musical that also just happened to launch the hit 'White Christmas'.

Romance , Musical & Performing Arts , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Claude Binyon , Elmer Rice
In Theaters:
Nov 2, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Holiday Inn

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (0) | DVD (6)

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Top Critic

Holiday Inn offers a reason for celebration not printed in red ink on the calendar.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2012

Classic musical with some controversial material.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2008

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

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
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
Kansas City Kansan

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.

Full Review… | December 26, 2003
Decent Films Guide

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2001

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Flick Filosopher

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

you know all the'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 of the most in-your-face fantasies hollywood ever did, about that most sacred of holidays: all of them. enjoy

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this a lot! It was charming and funny.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

Holiday Inn Quotes

Jim Hardy:
I'll take a bowl
– Submitted by Liz W (24 months ago)
Ted Hanover:
I like it here... with you and Linda. [to Hardy]
Jim Hardy:
answers: And we love having you. When are you leaving?
How can I stop him sir when I don't know which way is Connecticut!
Jim Hardy:
A drink? Boy you were fractured!
[about winning Linda back] You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you'd only turn on the heat!
Linda Mason:
You sound sweet, but you don't make sense.
– Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
Ted Hanover:
A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.
Jim Hardy:
What brings you here on this bright and uninviting day?
Ted Hanover:
He always has that look! It doesn't mean anything emotionally. It has something to do with his... liver.
Ted Hanover:
Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.
Jim Hardy:
Right now I've got the ledger in an iron lung.
Danny Reid:
How'd he get that far in five minutes?
Danny Reid:
The world can't do this to us!
– Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
Ted Hanover:
It's going to be easy - like peeling a turtle.
– Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)

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