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Dec 16 2018

Top 25 Reasons to Watch "White Christmas"This Season

Members of Team Experience have been asked to share their favorite Christmas movie.Here's new contributorEurocheese...

25 Reasons to WatchWhite Christmas(Again)

01 Eye popping color (the first VistaVision film!) at every opportunity

02 The "Sisters"number!A surprise drag number where the actors can't stop giggling in the 1950s?Yes please.

03 The way the movie teases snow until we almost demand it...

04 Rosemary Clooney's hair

05 The 40s-style vocal harmonizing on "Snow"

06 The razor-sharp wit of the busybody housekeeper,played by Mary Wickes (aka Mary Lazarus from Sister Act)

07 Danny Kaye pointing at his arm at all opportunities to force Bing to do what he wants

08 "Mutual,I'm sure"as a replacement for "Hello"

09 Sparkles.So many sparkles.

10 The genuine heartfelt act of kindness done for someone in need.Few Christmas movies pull off generosity in such a moving gesture.

11 A hilarious number of shots of women's legs

12 Mocking modern dance,which is somehow even funnier because all the dances are so out of date

13 "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,"a song nearly as lovely as the titular track

14 Vera-Ellen cornering Danny Kaye into an engagement

15 Watching the sisters always go to bed with full make up on as if they can't be seen without it

16 George Chakiris' cameo as the sexiest dancer in Clooney's "Love You Didn't Do Right By Me"

17 Danny Kaye stumbling around the yard pretending to be hurt,yowling pathetically

18 "I got along very well in the army without you.""It took 15,000 men to take my place!"

19 Edith Head's oversized jewelry and massive dresses

20 Army men in uniform lined up to honor "the old man."Even the Grinch's heart would melt.

21 A horn announcing candles being blown out on a cake

22 The fat cutouts that pop up in "Gee,I Wish I Was Back in the Army"

23 The little boy singing "Doe"in perfect pitch

24 The white knight statue

25 The final shot.Fake snow falling,a Christmas classic being sung by the cast.All is well.

When was the last time you rewatched this perennial?

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One of my personal favorite Christmas movies/favorite movies ever.All 4 leads are wonderful,the sets are gorgeous,just.....LOVE it.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Watch it every year ...along with the Natalie Wood version of Miracle on 34th Street.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

Vera-Ellen's waist!

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Vera-Ellen's weightless dancing,and her husky voice when she's trying to entice Danny Kaye.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterCash

That part in "Choreography"were Vera-Ellen taps her foot rhythmically at about the speed of a hummingbird.

Also when Danny Kaye says that Bing Crosby needs to get married and have 8 children,and spend 15 minutes a day with each of them so Kaye can have 2 hours alone every day.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Just saw it on the big screen last weekend.Loved it before but it was so much better with an audience and being able to get lost in all those colors and the phenomenal cast.

I have to mention that A-MAZ-ING dress that Rosemary Clooney wears in the Love You Didn't Do Right By Me number!The neckline.....the earrings that match the jeweled clip on the dress's back...the gloves...it's all just pulled together so beautifully,especially for an engagement she didn't even make until seemingly the day before!!!Ah classic Hollywood.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Mary Wickes is a national treasure.She was the Thelma Reed before Thelma Reed.

And honestly watching Danny Kaye deliberately trying to screw up Bing Crosby in the Sisters number is so funny.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Thelma Ritter!Stupid autocorrect

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Hey Nathaniel!I think I saw in a previous post that you were looking for volunteers to join the fil experience team!I'd love to join the Toronto chapter!!

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterFilmboymichael

Dancer John Brascia in very tight trousers showing off his moves with Vera -Ellen

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

The gorgeous old Heights theater here in Minneapolis shows White Christmas every year for about a week and every screening sells out.Went last year and it was just super-fun.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

And in the chorus behind Vera Ellen of the tiny waist is George Chakiris!Oscar winner for West Side Story!

December 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Joel I saw the commentary from Rosemary Clooney and she commented on the broach on her butt being a big deal at the time.Edith Head won in B&W for Sabrina but even with strong competition like A Star is Born and Brigadoon,this should have been nominated for Costumes.

December 16,2018 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

It's my wife's favorite Christmas movie,so we watched it last night.

That Danny Kaye/Vera-Ellen engagement scene is borderline erotic.Her arm keeps going up and down his leg while he slumps further and further,almost enticing her.I never noticed until last night.

Don't forget Oscar winner Dean Jagger giving a great performance as General Waverly

December 17,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Just watched this the other night and yes for pretty much all the reasons listed,except for Danny Kaye,who is like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth.

Always knocked out by Paramount's rich color and even though it's just a set,I want to live at that inn!

And what a beautiful man George Chakiris was/is.

December 18,2018 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

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