was originally written for an un-produced project called Stars on My Shoulders. The men have just received word their beloved Major General Thomas G. Waverly has been relieved of his command. After the war, the two make it big, first as performers, then as producers, launching a hit musical, Playing Around. Future Oscar winner George Chakiris also appears[12] as one of the stone-faced black-clad dancers surrounding Rosemary Clooney in "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me". The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. They partially reconcile, but he meets up with Harrison before he has a chance to find out what really was bothering her. They receive a letter supposedly from their old Mess Sergeant, Ben "Freckle Face" Haynes, asking them to view his sisters' act. Robin from New York, Ny Many people actually consider "White Christmas" the best selling song of all time. This track was released in 1940. The girls convince Phil and Bob to forego New York and spend Christmas with them in Pine Tree, Vermont, where they are booked as performers. Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, "White Christmas (1954) - Notes - TCM.com", "Merry and Bright? This collection contains a Blu-ray with extras, two DVDs with the film and extras, and a fourth disc of Christmas songs on CD. 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 1942. Director Michael Curtiz has made his picture look good. [9], White Christmas was intended to reunite Crosby and Fred Astaire for their third Irving Berlin showcase musical. Dancer Barrie Chase appears unbilled, as the character Doris Lenz ("Mutual, I'm sure!"). Irving Berlin's White Christmas Begins Nov. 22 in City of Angels, "Berlin musical comes to life: 'White Christmas' stays true to form", I Got the Sun in the Mornin' (and the Moon at Night), I'm Gonna Pin My Medal on the Girl I Left Behind, The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=White_Christmas_(film)&oldid=999304282, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox film with unknown empty parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "The Old Man" (Crosby, Kaye, and Men's Chorus), "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" (Kaye with Vera-Ellen, dubbed by Trudy Stevens), "Snow" (Crosby, Kaye, Clooney & Vera-Ellen, dubbed by Trudy Stevens), Minstrel Number: "I'd Rather See a Minstrel Show" / "Mister Bones" / ", "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (reprise)" (Kaye & Chorus), "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" (Clooney), "What Can You Do with a General?" HOLIDAY FILMS A GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PASTWilson, John M. Los Angeles Times 25 Dec 1984: h1. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for White Christmas - Bing Crosby on AllMusic - 1945 - "Der Bingle" in two distinctly different moods:… Davis shields Wallace from a collapsing wall and is wounded by debris. A composer's demo of the original song can be found on the CD Irving Sings Berlin. Trudy Stevens provided the singing voice for Vera-Ellen, including in "Sisters". "[18], 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."[19]. It was subsequently re-released in 2009, with a commensurate Blu-ray in 2010. Crosby and Astaire had previously co-starred in Holiday Inn (1942) – where the song "White Christmas" first appeared – and Blue Skies (1946). Lyrics to 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby: I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten And children listen White Christmas was enormously popular with audiences, earning $12 million in theatrical rentals – equal to $114,245,353 today – making it the top moneymaker of 1954 by a wide margin[14] and the highest-grossing musical at the time. It is listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. Bing Crosby's daughter Mary Crosby has revealed why she believes 'White Christmas' is still the world's biggest hit. 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 the Our Gang film series, in an army field jacket and helmet liner. [7], Berlin wrote "A Singer, A Dancer" for Crosby and his planned co-star Fred Astaire; when Astaire became unavailable, Berlin re-wrote it as "A Crooner – A Comic" for Crosby and Donald O'Connor, but when O'Connor left the project, so did the song. Realizing she was mistaken, Betty returns to Vermont just in time to be in the show. 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 Clooney and her own sister, Betty. On Christmas Eve in Europe in 1944, at the height of World War II, former Broadway star Captain Bob Wallace and aspiring performer Private Phil Davis entertain the 151st division. Listen to Bing Crosby White Christmas MP3 song. John Brascia leads the dance troupe and appears opposite Vera-Ellen throughout much of the movie, particularly in the "Mandy" and "Choreography" numbers. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. "[6]) It was not possible to issue an "original soundtrack album" of the film, because Decca Records controlled the soundtrack rights, but Clooney was under exclusive contract with Columbia Records. [4], Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film is notable for being the first to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen process developed by Paramount that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film; this large-area negative was also used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35mm prints.[5]. The duration of song is 02:55. Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn. Finding out from Judy that the girls' landlord is falsely suing them for a damaged rug and has even gone so far as to call the police to get his money, Phil gives them tickets he and Bob had purchased to spend Christmas in New York City. There are versions by Michael Bubléand one performed by the Glee cast. (Crosby), "The Old Man (reprise)" (Crosby & Men's Chorus), "Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army" (Crosby, Kaye, Clooney & Stevens), "White Christmas (finale)" (Crosby, Kaye, Clooney, Stevens & Chorus), This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 14:20. Sandrich didn't like the song, but Astaire loved it. 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. 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. They did the job at $5,000 a week.[13]. It is too bad that it doesn't hit the eardrums and the funnybone with equal force. They arrive at the empty Columbia Inn, and are aghast to discover that General Waverly is the landlord of the hotel, has sunk his life savings into it, and is in danger of bankruptcy. Songs (current) Artists; Contact; White Christmas Bing Crosby BPM of 112 Key of C Major. It then headed to the Sunderland Empire in Sunderland from November 2010 to January 2011 after a successful earlier run in Manchester, and continued in various cities with a London West End run at the end of 2014. Within the film, a number of soon-to-be famous performers appear. Bob doesn't like this but feels obliged to agree. All songs were written by Irving Berlin. 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. Vizio 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System; $130. Betty and Bob, however, argue about Bob's cynicism, and the fact it was really Judy who wrote the letter instead of Ben. Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (/ˈkrɒzbi/; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor. The film "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby (and performing this song… Picture: Universal By Tom Eames ... Crosby introduced the song on a Christmas Day broadcast. The melody and some of the words were kept, but the lyrics were changed to be more appropriate for a Christmas movie. Consequently, each company issued a separate "soundtrack recording": Decca issuing Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, while Columbia issued Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941, a few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Waverly arrives and delivers an emotional farewell. "It was a torturous eight weeks of rewriting", said Panama. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. The most recent US issue was a 4-disc "Diamond Anniversary Edition" in 2014. With Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. Producers Hope White Christmas Will Play Broadway This Year", "White Christmas Will Make Broadway Debut in November, Playing to Early 2009", Snow in L.A.! Key of C Major . [17] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times was not impressed: "...the use of VistaVision, which is another process of projecting on a wide, flat screen, has made it possible to endow White Christmas with a fine pictorial quality. Upon arriving in Vermont, they find all the tourists have left due to no snow and unseasonably warm weather. The musical also toured the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2008. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. Astaire declined the project after reading the script[10] and asked to be released from his contract with Paramount. Paramount put up the $2 million budget and only took 30% of the proceeds. [16], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a "Certified Fresh" 77% critical approval rating based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10, and an 88% audience approval rating based on 50,101 reviews, with an average rating of 4.34/5. After Waverly departs, enemy bombers attack the area and everyone takes cover. [15] Overall, the film grossed $30 million at the domestic box office. Bing Crosby first recorded this song in 1942 and re-recorded in 1947. The men send him off with a rousing chorus of "The Old Man." Here's the fascinating story behind David Bowie and Bing Crosby's festive gem: What was the song recorded for? They watch Betty and Judy sing at a nightclub. In the UK, the song was released before … They felt the whole script needed rewriting, and Curtiz agreed. However, this backfires when Betty accepts a gig in New York and leaves. Wallace asks how he can pay back Davis for saving his life, and Davis suggests they become a duo act. [11] Just before shooting was to begin, O'Connor had to drop out due to illness and was replaced by Danny Kaye, who asked for and received a salary of $200,000 and 10% of the gross. 112 BPM metronome. Barry from Sauquoit, Ny On October 31st, 1942 "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby reached No.1 and stayed in the top spot for eleven consecutive weeks!!! The track was recorded on September 11, 1977, for Bing Crosby's TV special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, … A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. The first US DVD release was in 2000. In 1942 alone, the song spent 11 weeks on top of the Billboard charts. These songs are performed individually by Crosby, Clooney, and Kaye. Mark Sandrich, who directed the musical, and Fred Astaire, who played the leading role, would go on to be involved in the making of the film "Holiday Inn" in which the song is prominently featured. 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. In total, “White Christmas” has over 50 million copies – and that’s just counting when Bing Crosby sang it. White Christmas by Bing Crosby feat. It needed a brand new story, one that made sense." [21][22][23][24][25][26] The musical played a limited engagement on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, from November 14, 2008, until January 4, 2009. For example, one of the lines of the original song is: Free – the only thing worth fighting for is to be free. White Christmas song from the album Irving Berlin is released on Sep 2012 . Their recording of the song survives, however, and can be found on the Bear Family Records 7-CD set titled Come On-A My House. A stage adaptation of the musical, titled Irving Berlin's White Christmas premiered in San Francisco in 2004[20] and has played in various venues in the US, such as Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Detroit and Louisville. Phil and Judy stage a phony engagement, thinking Betty is trying to avoid romance because she doesn't want to leave Judy unprotected. Bing's biggest hit, his 1942 recording of ‘White Christmas’ by American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin is not only the epitome of Christmas in song, but the world’s best-selling single. [2], Mel Frank and Norman Panama were hired to add material for Danny Kaye. After the performance, the four meet, and Phil and Judy immediately hit it off. Robin from New York, Ny Many people actually consider "White Christmas" the best selling song of all time. [11] Crosby also left the project shortly thereafter, to spend more time with his sons after the death of his wife, Dixie Lee. 3 December 2020, 13:13. Betty sees Bob go on Harrison's show and invite the entire 151st division to secretly join him at Pine Tree to surprise General Waverly, at Bob and Phil's expense. 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. A scene from the film featuring Crosby and Kaye was broadcast the year after the film's release, on Christmas Day 1955, in the final episode of the NBC TV show Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955). In-Depth ‘White Christmas’: The Story Behind Bing Crosby’s Timeless Classic. Yet, somehow, it not only worked, but it remains a Christmas classic to this day. Phil and Bob decide to invite some of the cast of Playing Around to Pine Tree to stage a show to draw in the guests, and include Betty and Judy in the show. It should be played at a tempo of 112 BPM. Berlin suggested a movie based on his song in 1948. But how did it come about in the first place? Add other versions sold and that number hits 100 million. Bob strongly rejects the idea. Free – a different world you'd see if it were left to me. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for White Christmas … Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (/ˈkrɒzbi/; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor. Principal photography took place between September and December 1953. Unfortunately, the housekeeper Emma overheard only the first half of the conversation, which she relays to Betty, who becomes suddenly cold towards a baffled Bob. During the performance, Betty and Bob become engaged, and Judy and Phil decide to go through with their own engagement. Frank said "writing that movie was the worst experience of my life. John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and The Ken Darby Choir - discover this song's samples, covers and remixes on WhoSampled As everyone sings "White Christmas", a thick snowfall at last blankets Vermont. It is listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. The version of "White Christmas" featured in the film "Holiday Inn" received the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in 1943. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers and for Decca Recordsin 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on … The second edition of the biography corrected that error by adding this: "Appropriately, they sing "Sisters" with Rosemary Clooney actually dueting with Trudy Stabile (wife of popular bandleader Dick Stabile), who sang under the stage name Trudy Stevens and who had been personally recommended for the dubbing part by Clooney. A talented cast of actors delivering lines from a well … The version of "White Christmas" featured in the film "Holiday Inn" received the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in 1943. Song information for White Christmas - Bing Crosby on AllMusic Bob decides to call up Ed Harrison, another old Army buddy who now has his own variety show, for help. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.. Thomas Wood, "'White Christmas': From pop tune to picture". (The first edition of Vera-Ellen's biography by David Soren made the mistake of suggesting that "perhaps" Clooney sang for Vera in "Sisters". “White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Merry Christmas is a compilation album by Bing Crosby that was released in 1945 on Decca Records.It has remained in print through the vinyl, CD, and downloadable file eras, currently as the disc and digital album White Christmas on MCA Records, a part of the Universal Music Group, (reissued in June 1995) and currently on vinyl as Merry Christmas on Geffen Records (re-issued in September 2014). Phil and Judy admit the truth to Bob, who becomes enraged and hurries to New York to tell Betty. The song "What Can You Do with a General?" The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. Bing Crosby performs ‘White Christmas’ live in 1968 The highlight of the day is a rendition of Christmas songs, performed live by the ­children for assembled friends and family. [10] Financially, the film was a partnership between Crosby and Irving Berlin, who shared half the profits, and Paramount, which got the other half.[11]. 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. Ed suggests they put the general on the show and make a big scene of his misfortune and Bob's kindness, which would be free advertising for Bob and Phil. [8] Crosby and Kaye also recorded another Berlin song ("Santa Claus") for the opening WWII Christmas Eve show scene, but it was not used in the final film. Later re-released, it returned to number one in 1945 and 1946. Once again on Christmas Eve, the soldiers surprise General Waverly with another rousing chorus when he arrives at the show, bringing him to tears. Originally, Gloria Wood was going to do Vera-Ellen's singing until Clooney intervened on behalf of her friend. The melody of "White Christmas" came to Irving Berlin on the set of the musical film "Top Hat" in 1935. The song "Snow" was originally written for Call Me Madam with the title "Free", but was dropped in out-of-town tryouts. White Christmas by Bing Crosby is in the key of C Major. A copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by Crosby's estate and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011 program. Song information for White Christmas - Bing Crosby on AllMusic Barry from Sauquoit, Ny On October 31st, 1942 "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby reached No.1 and stayed in the top spot for eleven consecutive weeks!!! Mary is leading a campaign to get the song to No1 in the UK charts for the first time after a digitally remastered version was released on new album Bing At Christmas. [3] There was a US theatrical re-release by Paramount in 1961. Norman Krasna was a talented man but... it was the lousiest story I'd ever heard. Bob later finds out that Waverly received a humiliating rejection letter to his request to rejoin the army, and determines to prove to the General he is not forgotten. [11] Near the end of January 1953, Crosby returned to the project, and Donald O'Connor was signed to replace Astaire. The film "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby (and performing this song) was released by Paramount Pictures in 1954. Betty and Bob's romance starts to bloom. Thanks to the magic of CGI, Michael fulfilled his dream of performing a duet with the late crooner back in 2012 on his TV special Home for the Holidays. Phil, who likes to play matchmaker, notices Bob is interested in Betty. White Christmas was released on US VHS in 1986 and again in 1997. Bob and Phil improvise a performance to buy the girls time, then flee to the train, where they now have to sit up in the Club Car, much to Bob's chagrin. Directed by Michael Curtiz. In addition, "Count Your Blessings" earned the picture its own Oscar nomination in the same category. Bing Crosby first recorded this song in 1942 and re-recorded in 1947. Between September and December 1953 songs are performed individually by Crosby, Danny Kaye signed to replace Astaire Waverly. 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