Paramount at the Movies Presents: White Christmas [NR]
Movies | 12/21/2018 | 7:00PM
Two World War II buddies, Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye) create a top song-and-dance routine that really wows the crowds. They cross paths with two beautiful sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) who also perform a song-and-dance act. Smitten with the sister act, Bob and Phil follow the duo to an inn in Vermont, which they find is owned by their former commanding officer (Dean Jagger). Realizing the inn is failing, the foursome perform a musical extravaganza to save the business.
Did You Know?
- According to Rosemary Clooney, the “midnight snack” scene in which Bob Wallace expounds on his theory of what foods cause what dreams was almost entirely improvised.
- One of the dancers accompanying Rosemary Clooney is George Chakiris. He went on to earn the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as “Bernardo” in West Side Story (1961).
- For the song “Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army”, there is the lyric, “Jolson, Hope, And Benny all for free”. This is a reference to three wartime entertainers: Al Jolson, Bob Hope, and Jack Benny. The original words were “Crosby, Hope, and Jolson all for free”, but the lyric was changed because Bing Crosby was in the cast.