Every year when I was a kid, my mom would put on White Christmas. Most people talk about how great It’s a Wonderful Life is and how it is a Christmas institution, but for me it isn’t Christmas without a viewing of the Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie. With music by Irving Berlin and a cheery plot, how can you go wrong?
Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) served together in WWII and created their own stage show once the war was over. After receiving a letter from one of their army buddies, they decide to check out a sister act and find themselves traveling with the girls to Pine Tree Vermont, where their former commanding officer, General Waverly, is running a failing inn. Together with Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera Ellen), they put on a show for the General as a way to bring business to his inn.
The best part of the movie is its songs, which were all written by Irving Berlin. White Christmas is a musical in the true sense of the word with the songs (for the most part) adding to the story. My favorite is Count Your Blessings, which Crosby’s Bob sings to Clooney’s Betty as they begin falling for each other. I just love this song.
There are also a couple of light romances. Bob and Betty were the main pairing, but Phil and Judy also had their own budding relationship, enhanced by a fake engagement, which was meant to give Betty a final push towards Bob.
It’s sad that so many people don’t appreciate movies like this one. Just because it is old doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth watching. So, this Christmas, before watching Elf or Love Actually, give White Christmas a shot. It seems to be on AMC at least once a day and is streaming on Netflix, so there’s no reason not to check it out.