Directed by Mark Sandrich. US. 1942. NR. 101 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Sun., December 16, 2012
This is it! The movie that introduced the song Â“White ChristmasÂ” (sung, of course, by Bing Crosby), which won the Academy Award for Best Song (and went on to become the most popular song ever.) Not only that, this vastly entertaining war-time film musical, co- starring Fred Astaire, includes a whole collection of Irving BerlinÂ’s holiday-themed songs, including Â“Easter Parade,Â” Â“Be Careful, ItÂ’s My HeartÂ” (for ValentineÂ’s Day), Â“Plenty to Be Thankful ForÂ” (for Thanksgiving), and especially AstaireÂ’s dance routine to Â“LetÂ’s Say It With Firecrackers.Â” The story is a simple one, more or less built as an excuse to include so many Berlin favorites; Bing is a song-and-dance man that retires from show biz and starts an inn that is only open on holidays. After some romantic ramblings with lovely Marjorie Reynolds, his partner, Fred, reunites with him and everybody has a great time. You will too, so come join us for a really fun musical show, filled with all kinds of holiday cheer. (Bill Roth)