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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as Jim Hardy
as Ted Hanover
as Danny Reid
as Flower Shop Owner
as Cigarette Girl
as Hatcheck Girl
as Specialty dancer
as Santa Claus
as Specialty dancer
as Orchestra leader
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Critic Reviews for Holiday Inn
Crosby's easy, casual banter is just the right foil for Astaire's precision acrobatics, his wry, offbeat humor.
This is good, old-fashioned fun, featuring two performers who were already stars at the time of filming and have gone into show business history undiminished and unequaled.
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.
Holiday Inn offers a reason for celebration not printed in red ink on the calendar.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed this a lot! It was charming and funny.
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