Holiday Inn (1942)




Critic 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.

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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'.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Bing Crosby
as Jim Hardy
Fred Astaire
as Ted Hanover
Walter Abel
as Danny Reid
Marek Windheim
as Francois
James Bell
as Dunbar
Shelby Bacon
as Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold
as Daphne
Leon Belasco
as Flower Shop Owner
Harry Barris
as Bandleader
Judith Gibson
as Cigarette Girl
Reed Porter
as Director
Joann Arnold
as Daphne
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Hatcheck Girl
June Ealey
as Specialty dancer
Lynda Grey
as Girl
Bud Jamison
as Santa Claus
Kitty Kelly
as Drunk
David Tihmar
as Specialty dancer
Ronnie Rondell
as Orchestra leader
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Critic Reviews for Holiday Inn

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

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 7, 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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Between the toe twinkling and ivory tickling it's still a comfortable, cosy way to pass an afternoon.

Full Review… | December 12, 2014
Empire Magazine

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

Audience Reviews for Holiday Inn

The story exists mainly to showcase the songs (only two of which you'll recognize), all done with that patented style of pandering that was Irving Berlin, and the stars endeavor to sell the product. The thing rides on their charisma then, the brotherly bickering between Crosby and Astaire, and for that it ain't too bad. Crosby smoothly delivers White Christmas, and Astaire contributes the memorable firecracker dance routine.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A crooner and a twinkle-toes vie for the affections of a classy dame. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire are at the heights of their respective talents in this delightful little film. It's a popcorn film with little substance, but it's also one to return to just for a smile. All that is true if I were to take the film in its 1942 context, but holy irony, Batman, there is something head-scratching about Bing Crosby singing a song praising Abraham Lincoln in blackface. At that time there wouldn't have been such a problem, and within the context of the story, it actually makes a bit of sense, but wow, it's a sight that's hard to stomach. Overall, there is enough delight to balance the film's antiquated elements.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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