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With Irving Berlin's music, Bing Crosby's crooning, and Fred Astaire's dancing, the combination can't be beat. Truly a holiday classic.
One of the most overrated and cringe-worthy seasonal movies I've seen.
The best musical movie ever made! With 2 of the best movie songs ever sung: White Christmas and Easter Parade!
Reviewed 1.10.19 Holiday Inn is set in a whitewashed America. There's a ridiculous black face scene. And with the Pearl Harbor attack having taken place halfway through production there's the prerequisite propaganda military sequence added to original script. I don't look past these shortcomings lightly, in particular the racial insensitivity (actually, just outright stupidity and ignorance of the time period). That said, that was the world then. Some would argue it hasn't changed a great deal. But this review is about the quality of the movie as a whole, considering the time period in which it was made.
The film stars the powerhouse duo of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, supported by the legendary songwriting of Irving Berlin. At the time, it was the highest grossing film musical ever. And for good reason. Crosby at his peak, singing instant classics. Astaire at his dancing best, delivering a solo dance scene with fireworks that achieves high art status. Alongside the entertaining idea of an inn that hosts events on holidays only (an entire chain of hotels lifted the title as their name), and with a solid supporting cast led by Marjorie Reynolds, the film is loaded with talent and creativity.
As far as mid-20th Century X-mas movies go, there are superior dramas, like 'A Christmas Carol' and 'It's a Wonderful Life.' But on the comedy or musical front, this is the zenith. Brimming with seasonal charm, filled with likable characters, and as cozy as a warm Xmas eve fire, it delivers the song and dance goods. Kick it up a notch with the 2008 colorized version. It's a snapshot of a bygone era, in all its schmaltzy and repressed glory.
What better Christmas classic than watching Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in the movie that introduced "White Christmas" to the word??
Notable for its songs, not the story.
Holiday Inn (1942) may be a classic film, but it does not hold up. It feels easily a half hour too long, moving at a snail's pace, and a racist dated blackface performance to guarantee a cringe out of you. Holiday Inn's story centered around chasing women with a man that cannot keep his women, a friend that leeches off his pal, and women that cannot make up their mind on who they love. Holiday Inn has no values. There is no Christmas cheer here. It feels like it is saying all women are cheap flakes that will not be loyal to you and every man will try to steal your lady away. Also show business is sleazy and self rewarding, which may not be far off.
The songs are pleasant enough, with some strange old timey dances thrown in, but only White Christmas is memorable. Bing Crosby was a beautiful singer and a compelling actor, while Fred Astaire was merely a great dancer for the time and seems dated compared to modern break dancing. His acting leaves much to be desired to say the least. I could not even remember either actress' name, while they both portray stereotypical Hollywood stars. There is no depth or warmth here.
Holiday Inn is hardly even a Christmas movie. It just happens to take place around the holiday season. The magic of Christmas is not here as alright dancing, nice singing for lame songs, and heinous racism in its treatment of the black characters and numbers are all tiresome.
Holiday Inn just wears out its welcome.
The story didn't really make sense but parts were ok for a movie from the 40s. The blackface really bothered me, not only did they use it for black people in the background, the main character actually wants to use it for one number. White Christmas is a nice song anyhow.
People who complain about this movie do not realize, it was 1942. Get over yourselves. This movie is fantastic in every way. Go write a blog about your sensitive feelings, I’m sure there are many more just like you who hate everything but also live in glass houses.
Was not prepared for the racism in this movie. Wow.
An enjoyable musical for the Christmas season. Reminded me a bit of white Christmas. I wasn't taken in by the plot though.