White Christmas

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

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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
Original Music
Joseph J. Lilley
Original Music
Bernard Mayers
Original Music
Van Cleave
Original Music
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…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • 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…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a nice, if undemanding, Yuletide treat.

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

Audience Reviews for White Christmas

  • 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
  • Dec 12, 2013
    This is a good movie, but not necessarily my cup of tea. I've never been a big fan of these old musicals. Hell, I'm not really that big a fan of musicals in general. But to be fair to this film, the song and dance numbers, particularly the dancing, was extravagantly choreographed, it's actually really impressive with the highlight being the first dress rehearsal they do in the inn. There's so much going on in this scene that the fact that they pull it off so flawlessly is very impressive to me. The story is simple and it definitely overloads on the sweetness. But to be honest, the story is just there to get you to the next song and dance, it really isn't that great of a story because, again, the song and dance numbers distract from the overall narrative. The cast is good, Danny Kaye definitely steals the show but, again, it's not really a showcase for acting as much as it is a showcase for the musical aspects of the film. At the same time, I didn't really have a problem with these scenes because I think they showcase a time in Hollywood that is long gone and in some ways it's pretty cool to see this type of film and comparing how films have evolved since then. I wasn't blown away by it because of how much it focused on the song and dance and not on the characters, but it is an entertaining film nonetheless. Not my cup of tea, but it's a good movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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