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It may be too sweet for some, but this unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite is too cheerful to resist. Read critic reviews

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Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

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Bing Crosby
Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye
Phil Davis
Vera-Ellen
Judy Haynes
Dean Jagger
General Thomas F. Waverly
Mary Wickes
Emma Allen
Anne Whitfield
Susan Waverly
Richard Shannon
Joe, Adjutant Captain
Grady Sutton
Mr. Herring, General's Party Guest
Gus Levene
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Joseph J. Lilley
Original Music
Bernard Mayers
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Van Cleave
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Loyal Griggs
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Critic Reviews for White Christmas

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (10)

  • A big fat yam of a picture richly candied with VistaVision (Paramount's answer to CinemaScope), Technicolor, tunes by Irving Berlin, massive production numbers, and big stars. Unfortunately, the yam is still a yam.

    October 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A good musical with a lot of star power.

    December 22, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Great songs, gentle humour and a dose of syrup which is not to everyone's tastes, but worth buying to keep that Christmas spirit going until next year.

    December 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Paramount's first film in (lavender-hued) VistaVision was this pornographically soppy but, nonetheless, hearty and humorous 1954 festive romp.

    December 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • White Christmas is the cinema equivalent of an inappropriate festive snog under the mistletoe -- you know you probably shouldn't enjoy it but you just can't help yourself.

    December 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a nice, if undemanding, Yuletide treat.

    December 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for White Christmas

  • Dec 23, 2020
    The Irving Berlin songs, Michael Curtiz's meticulous direction on a Vistavision canvas and the super-silly plot line are not for all... but I love every note, frame and plot point.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2019
    Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye brighten up the season with the holiday musical White Christmas. When two music producers scout out a sister duo they end up following them to Vermont where they run into their former army commander and decide to put on a show at his inn. Both Cosby and Kaye give good performances and work well as a comedy team. Also, the songs and dances (though contrived at times) are well-done and bring a certain energy and charm to the film. And while it may get a little sentimental at times, it has a positive and an uplifting message. Whimsical and fun, White Christmas is a heartwarming family film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2015
    It's not without some charm or fun musical numbers but I've never been able to get past how much of film shamelessly uses cheap sentiment to sell it's already corny plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2013
    Gen. Waverly: There's no Christmas in the army, captain. White Christmas is a great Christmas classic and a fantastic musical. It has a story that's not too Christmassy but still manages to sum up the whole idea of what Christmas should be about. I'm not the biggest fan of musicals, but when I do see one I enjoy, it's always a treasure. This is a new favorite of mine when it comes to the holiday season.  Two army friends create a song and dance act that becomes extremely successful. When they go to see a sister act, Phil decides to try to hook Bob up with one of the sisters. They end up going with the Haynes sisters to Vermont where they are to play a show at an inn. This inn ends up being owned by Bob and Phil's commanding general from their army days and things aren't looking great for the general. Since there's no snow to speak of, his inn is completely empty and it looks like he could lose it. Bob and Phil decide to do a show there in order to attract people and they end up coming up with an idea that will be a great gift for their beloved general. White Christmas is a beautiful movie with endearing performances and some pretty good song and dance numbers. Fans of old musical will love it, as should people who don't really care for this sort of thing normally. It's easy to see why this movie is so highly regarded when it comes to the Christmas season. It's a great holiday movie to sit down with the family to.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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