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Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby , Fred Astaire , Mark Sandrich    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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In 1942, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby teamed up at Der Bingle's Paramount Pictures for Holiday Inn, a black-and-white musical that proves more entertaining than Crosby's color semi-remake White Christmas in 1954. Astaire and Crosby play partner/rival song-and-dance men who compete for the hand of their performing partner, played by Virginia Dale. After Crosby loses, he moves to the Connecticut countryside where he creates a resort that is only open on holidays and puts on the shows with the help of Marjorie Reynolds. Dumped by Dale, Astaire makes a drunken arrival at the inn on New Year's Eve and dances with Reynolds. He decides she'll be his new partner, but doesn't remember what she looks like, setting off a frenzied search at every subsequent show while the once-bitten Crosby does his best to steer him off track. The theme gives Irving Berlin an excuse to craft or recycle a number of holiday-themed songs, such as (in the former category) "Washington's Birthday" or (in the latter) "Easter Parade." The most famous of the new material, of course, is "White Christmas," which became one of the bestselling songs of all time and the title song of Crosby's 1954 film. Astaire and Crosby also team up for "I'll Capture Her Heart," which playfully contrasts the stars' specialties, and Astaire's "It's So Easy to Dance with You" became one of the signature songs of his post-Ginger Rogers career. Astaire and Crosby teamed up again for Blue Skies in 1946. --David Horiuchi

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"A Couple of Song and Dance Men" is a 45-minute conversation between author-historian Ken Barnes and Ava Astaire McKenzie, Fred's daughter, recapping the careers of Astaire and Crosby. It's a bit wooden, but not without charm, and has some interesting early footage, chiefly of Crosby (presumably because of studio rights issues). There's also a seven-minute discussion of how sound has been recorded for movie musicals, and specifically how it was done for Holiday Inn's "I'll Capture Her Heart." Barnes's commentary track offers bits of trivia (they had originally wanted Ginger Rogers for one of the roles, and yes, the title inspired the hotel chain) and incorporates some archival quotes by Astaire and Crosby. The remastered picture is a noticeable improvement over the earlier double-feature DVD, which paired Holiday Inn with Crosby's Going My Way. --David Horiuchi

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Holiday Inn remains one of the most popular musical films of all-time. Filled with dancing, singing and humour, the film features Academy Award-winning music including "White Christmas", one of the best-selling records in music history. Now, for the first time ever, Holiday Inn is available in an all-new Special Edition! Loaded with bonus materials and a digitally remastered picture, Holiday Inn Special Edition is the perfect gift this holiday season!

Bonus Features:
A Couple of Song and Dance Men Featurette; All Singing-All Dancing Featurette ; Audio Commentary with Film Historian Ken Barnes & Archive Audio Comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter; Original Theatrical Trailer.



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Inn...A CLASSIC!! July 2 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Fred Astaire once was asked who his favorite dance partner was in all his films, and half jokingly stated...Bing Crosby! HOLIDAY INN was one of two movies the two stars made together and the chemistry between the two is evident in this film. A basic Hollywood story (based on a concept by song writer extraordinaire Irving Berlin) of boy finds girl,boy loses girl, and boy wins back girl. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire are two-thirds of a night club act trio in which their act is a song and dance routine of two guys vying for the affection of a girl. This night club routine is hilarious in which Bing Crosby croons that he could win a girl through his singing, and then Fred Astaire counteracts that he can win a girl through his dancing. This is a clever device because it sets up the whole basic premise of the film. Bing Crosby quits the act hoping to be a farmer. However, it doesn't work out and then renovates the farm into a nightclub only opened on holidays. Hence, the title of the film and nightclub HOLIDAY INN. Bing Crosby hires a girl to help him with his act (Marjorie Reynolds), then Fred Astaire steals her away...and Bing Crosby must find a way to win her back..etc. Great Irving Berlin songs, great dance numbers (i.e. Fred Astaire's solo dance routine with firecrackers) and excellent comedic moments. One of the best musicals of the 40's.
Note: One downside scene in the film when one of the holidays being celebrated at the Inn is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. There is a "blackface" routine reminicient of the minstral shows of vaudeville. Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds participate in blackface also. Some may find this part of the film offensive. During a revival of the film at a college a few years back, a friend of mine stated that some audience members booed the scene. At the time this film was made, there was no harm intended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film NOT just for Christmas May 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the better musicals from the 1940s. This is not MGM (luckily) so you don't get that 'songs coming from places for no reason' problem. In this, like a lot of the musicals from, lets say, the 1930s, the songs have reason to be there.
I think both Bing and Fred are great, but I have kind of a hate for Fred in this one. Really I guess, because his character is, well, kinda horrible. He is always stealing the women away from Bing, and he does it so easily. The film is mixed with a lot of the usual 'double-crossing' scenes, with some amazing songs by Irving Berlin, mostly sung by Bing, including 'White Christmas', 'Easter Parade' and a number of others, and not forgetting the wonderful dancing by Fred Astaire. Its Bing opening up his own inn, the 'Holiday Inn', which is open only during holidays. This is where the 'music being there for a reason' comes in, and there's lots of it too. Watch out for George Washington's birthday, I mean look out for the dance, which is, lets say amusingly funny.
The following part of this review, refers to a UK Region 2 release on DVD from Laureate/Universal.
The thing I love most about this DVD though is the print of the film, which looks great, and the extra features that go with it. The best being the 'A Couple of Song and Dance Men' featurette, with Ava Astaire MacKenzie and Ken Barnes, lasting around 40 odd minutes I think, which contains some interesting stories. Particularly the one about a certain dance which Fred does in the movie, while 'playing' drunk. Along with this, you get an audio commentary, filmographies, and a few other little things too.
Great movie, with a great DVD presentation. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Holidays with Bing and Fred! Nov. 20 2002
Format:VHS Tape
My dad was always making sure I knew that the song "White Christmas" originated in this film, and not the Crosby/Kaye movie named "White Christmas", so that's the first trivia question answer about "Holiday Inn". The other interesting tidbit is that the hotel chain "Holiday Inn" was named for this movie! Seems the owner saw the movie and thought it was a good name for the new hotels he was opening up, and presto! There you go.
It's an easy enough plot line: Bing and Fred used to be partnered with a gal engaged to Bing, but she throws him over to be with Fred. Bing, a performer fed up with working so hard, retreats to a farm and eventually dreams up the idea of an inn which is ONLY open on holidays, giving him the rest of the year to loaf around. Aspiring entertainer Marjorie Reynolds shows up on Christmas just on cue to be serenaded with "White Christmas", and things look pretty cozy for them pretty fast. But complications arise when the now-jilted Fred turns up at the inn on New Year's, and the gal chase is on again, but now after Bing's new star/girlfriend. Jealousy plays a few tricks on everyone before every Jack gets the proper Jill by movie's end.
A few of the other reviewers say that the film is marred by the Lincoln's birthday number Bing leads in blackface. While I agree that the segment unfortunately makes the movie one with a limited audience in today's more racially charged atmosphere, I think a bigger problem with the movie is...Bing himself! Yep, I don't think Bing is a very nice fellow in the movie, even though Fred is supposed to be the cad, as one reviewer put it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this one
Published 1 month ago by Lady Sugar
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites...
For me the Christmas season isn't complete without watching this movie. I love it along with a lot of other seasonal programs and movies.
Published 6 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Christmastime
Got to have this for Christmas. You get to enjoy all the holidays in this movie as Bing Crosby opens an Inn called Holiday Inn, only open on holidays. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
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Published 7 months ago by escanga10
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est le temps des Fêtes!
Bien fait et très agréable à regarder. J'aime beaucoup la musique et j'adore la danse. Fred Astaire est parfait et Bing aussi.
Published 7 months ago by Denise Bélanger
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CLASSIC
I just had to have this movie for my collection. It is a wonderful movie and I prefer it to Holiday Inn even though it is also a favorite. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Suzanne L. Mcgee
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie!!
For as long as I can remember I have watched this movie over the holidays with my family. It is my favorite movie to this day, I got tired of always borrowing my parents so I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MissMolly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Classic enhanced.
This is a classic Christmas movie which has been colourized to make it spectacular . Included is a terrific cd of all the great and classic music from the movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old time family holiday film.
Published 14 months ago by Tina Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the many Great Musicals
I have always loved musicals and Bing and Fred were the best at what they did!!!!!! Every Christmas Eve my Dad and I used to watch this movie and White Christmas together until he... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Laura Bayford
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