|Directed by Mark Sandrich|
|Released on August 4, 1942|
1942 Academy Award Nominee: Writing/Original Motion Picture Story,|
Song* & Musical Score (*winner)
|Find it at GEMM|
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A classic song-and-dance film starring the cuckold (Bing Crosby), the cad (Fred Astaire), the gold digger (Virginia Dale) and the pretty flower girl (Marjorie Reynolds) in a quartet of romantic confusion. Holiday Inn broke box office records for a musical and garnered three Academy Award nominations, winning for best song (“White Christmas”). Today, it lives on as one of those lesser-loved holiday movies like The Bishop’s Wife. The movie plot is credible enough to support more than half a dozen holiday-themed songs from Irving Berlin (including “Happy Holidays”) and plenty of dancing from Astaire and his partners Reynolds and Dale. While Crosby eventually gets the girl, Astaire wins the battle for the spotlight with several dazzling dance routines, including an “intoxicating” turn with Marjorie Reynolds and a fiery Fourth of July number. Despite its present association with Christmas, Holiday Inn is not a Christmas movie. There’s no spiritual epiphany, no warm embrace of what Christmas stands for in the hearts and minds of man; Crosby simply learns that dancing around the object of your desire is less effective than saying what you really mean. The choreography, the sets and the songs are the real stars, while the characters are almost incidental. Neither Crosby nor Astaire hands in a particularly convincing performance and little chemistry develops between the two in the acrimonious air of rivals. The supporting actors are strictly two-dimensional caricatures as well, from Walter Abel’s overzealous agent to Irvin Bacon’s taciturn taximan. While I wouldn’t make this Exhibit A in a showcase for Crosby’s acting ability, Holiday Inn remains a perennial favorite for a reason: its assemblage of talent and sumptuous sets are always in season. Of interest, director Mark Sandrich provides an interesting “film within a film” perspective by showing the Inn as an actual set toward the end of the movie.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||October 10, 2006||Universal||DVD||4842||special edition w. bonus features|
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