White Christmas (1954)
RomanceFamilyMusical, 120 minutes, NR
Weekend of December 22 | SAT 10 am
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome ravel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s WII commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), who now runs a rustic old inn.
Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. Corny in the extreme, White Christmas evidently struck a responsive note with film fans; it was the high-grossing picture of 1954, and a decade later proved to be a ratings bonanza when it was given its network-TV premiere.