To bring business to the inn, Bob and Phil bring the entire cast and crew of their musical Playing Around , and add in Betty and Judy to the rehearsals "Minstrel Number".
Bob and Betty's relationship blooms "Count Your Blessings" and they spend a good deal of time together. Meanwhile, Bob discovers the General's request to rejoin the army has been rejected. He decides to prove to the General that he isn't forgotten. While rehearsals continue "Choreography" Bob calls Ed Harrison Johnny Grant , an old army buddy, now a successful variety show host, to arrange a televised invitation to all the men formerly under the command of the General to come to the inn on Christmas Eve as a surprise.
In response, Harrison suggests they go all out and put the show on national television to generate free advertising for Wallace and Davis, but Bob insists that it will have nothing to do with their business.
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Unbeknownst to Bob, nosy housekeeper Emma Allen Mary Wickes has been eavesdropping, but she has only heard the part about free advertising, not Bob's rejection of the idea. Mistakenly believing that her beloved boss will be portrayed as a pitiable figure in a nationwide broadcast, Emma reveals what she has heard to a shocked Betty. The misunderstanding causes Betty to grow suddenly cold towards a baffled Bob. While this is happening, Judy becomes convinced that Betty will never take on a serious relationship until Judy is engaged or married.
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She pressures a reluctant Phil to announce a phony engagement, but the plan backfires when Betty abruptly departs for New York City to take a job offer since Judy is taken care of. After rehearsals are complete "Abraham Number" , Phil and Judy reveal to Bob that the engagement was phony. Bob, still unaware of the real reason behind Betty's coldness, goes to New York for The Ed Harrison Show , but decides to stop and try to convince Betty to come back.
Bob sees Betty's new act "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" and reveals the truth about the engagement, and Betty starts to warm up to him, but he is called away by Ed Harrison before learning what is really bothering her.
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Back at the Inn, Phil fakes an injury to distract the General so he won't see the broadcast of Bob's announcement. Betty catches Bob's televised pitch and realizes she was mistaken. The whole division comes into Pine Tree secretly. When the General enters the lodge, he is greeted by his former division, who sing a rousing chorus of "The Old Man. In the finale, Bob and Betty declare their love for one another, as do Phil and Judy.
The background of the set is removed to show the snow falling, and Bob, Betty, Phil and Judy perform "white Christmas" while everyone raises a glass, and toasts, "May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white. All songs were written by Irving Berlin.
The centerpiece of the film is the title song , first used in Holiday Inn , which won that film an Oscar for Best Original Song in In addition, " Count Your Blessings " earned the picture its own Oscar nomination in the same category. The song "Snow" was originally written for Call Me Madam with the title "Free," but was dropped in out-of-town tryouts. The melody and some of the words were kept, but the lyrics were changed to be more appropriate for a Christmas movie. For example, one of the lines of the original song is:. Free — the only thing worth fighting for is to be free.
Free — a different world you'd see if it were left to me. Trudy Stevens provided the singing voice for Vera-Ellen, except for "Sisters", where Rosemary Clooney sang both parts. On the former, the song "Sisters" as well as all of Clooney's vocal parts was recorded by Peggy Lee , while on the latter, the song was sung by Rosemary Clooney and her own sister, Betty.
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Another song written by Berlin for the film was "Sittin' in the Sun Countin' My Money " but because of delays in production Berlin decided to publish it independently. Crosby and Astaire had previously co-starred in Holiday Inn — where the song "White Christmas" first appeared — and Blue Skies Astaire declined the project after reading the script  and asked to be released from his contract with Paramount.
Within the film, a number of soon-to-be famous performers appear. John Brascia leads the dance troupe and appears opposite Vera-Ellen throughout much of the movie, particularly in the "Mandy" and "Choreography" numbers. The photo Vera-Ellen shows of her brother Benny the one Phil refers to as "Freckle-faced Haynes, the dog-faced boy" is actually a photo of Carl Switzer , who played " Alfalfa " in Our Gang film series, in an army field jacket and helmet liner.
Principal photography took place between September and December The film was the first to be shot using Paramount's new VistaVision process, with color by Technicolor , and was one of the first to feature the Perspecta directional sound system at limited engagements. The colors on the big screen are rich and luminous, the images are clear and sharp, and rapid movements are got without blurring—or very little—such as sometimes is seen on other large screens.
Director Michael Curtiz has made his picture look good. It is too bad that it doesn't hit the eardrums and the funnybone with equal force. Variety liked it: " White Christmas should be a natural at the boxoffice, introducing as it does Paramount's new VistaVision system with such a hot combination as Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and an Irving Berlin score Crosby and Kaye, along with VV, keep the entertainment going in this fancifully staged Robert Emmett Dolan production, clicking so well the teaming should call for a repeat Certainly he Crosby has never had a more facile partner than Kaye against whom to bounce his misleading nonchalance.
There was a US theatrical re-release by Paramount in It was subsequently re-released in , with a commensurate Blu-ray in These songs are performed individually by Crosby, Clooney, and Kaye. The musical also toured the United Kingdom in - It headed to the Sunderland Empire in Sunderland from November to January after a successful earlier run in Manchester and has continued in various cities with a London West End run at the end of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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