Starring: Ronnie Rondell, Kitty Kelly, Walter Abel, Marjorie Reynolds, Irving Bacon, Louise Beavers, James Bell, Bing Crosby, Virginia Dale, Fred Astaire, Judith Gibson, Jacques Vanaire, Robert E. Homans, Louise LaPlanche, Bud Jamison, Reed Porter, Joan Arnold, Marek Windheim, Leon Belasco, Karin [Katharine] Booth, John Gallaudet, Barbara Slater, Oscar G. Hendrian, Bob Locke Lorraine, Lora Lee Michel, Edward Arnold, Jr., June Ealey, Harry Barris, Lynda Grey, Shelby Bacon, Laurie Douglas, David Tihmar
Director: Mark Sandrich
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday). Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage (eleven years earlier, Bing enjoyed a final clinch with Marion Davies under surprisingly similar conditions in Going Hollywood). As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial 1954 remake, White Christmas. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.
A Couple Of Song And Dance Men, An Intimate Retrospective Of Bing Crosby And Fred Astaire On Interview With Ava Astaire-McKenzie, All Singing - All Dancing, Experience The Making Of The Unforgettable Song And Dance Numbers Of Holiday Inn, Audio Commentary, Feature Length Audio Commentary By Film Historian Ken Barnes With Archive Audio Comments By Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire And John Scott Trotter, Original Theatrical Trailer.
|Studio Name:||Universal Studios Home Entertainment|
|DVD Release Date:||10/10/2006|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||101 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8|
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