Saturday, December 1, 2018

My Favorite Christmas Movie by Cheryl Bolen


I doubt there are many of you who haven’t seen the 1954 movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney (aunt of The Hunk, George), Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. It’s one I never tire of watching, year after year. It’s got a great cast, great Irving Berlin music, love stories, and a heartwarming plot. 

The visual imagery is stunning. Remember the sprawling, homey lodge? The beautiful countryside? Those luscious white fur-trimmed red velvet outfits?

I still tear up every time I see the scene where the retired general sees all his former soldiers who’ve packed the place to support him. It’s the emotional climax of the story. And, of course, it’s satisfying when Bing and Rosemary resolve the conflict that has separated them. We just know they’re going to be happy forever after.

As a little girl I was fortunate enough to see the movie in a Los Angeles theater shortly after its release. I still remember the awe. I wish little girls today could see it on the big screen. – Cheryl Bolen is the author of almost 40 books, including Last DukeStanding, the final Lords of Eton book, now on preorder. 


6 comments:

  1. Cheryl, Adina and I watched that yesterday. I introduced her to it when she was a little girl, and it's a favorite for us every December. I can only imagine what it would look like on a movie screen! Loved your post. Shared on FB, Twitter, & Tumblr.

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  2. This is one that local theaters tend to show for free in December. We've never made it to see it, but I'd love to. It's such a favorite. When my son and daughter-in-law moved to Vermont, I was thrilled; when I saw Vermont in December, I was even more so!

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  3. I think this one is also called Holiday Inn, is it not? One of the things I like about this is, of course, the fabulous singing...but also it's not about Santa. He's great and all...but sometimes the season can be just as jolly without him. Having said that...I think Kurt Russell is my new favourite Santa from The Christmas Chronicles. Great post Cheryl, as always.

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  4. Irving Berlin did the music in Holiday Inn, but these are separate movies. Bing's in both of them. Holiday Inn made in the 30's, White Christmas in the '50s. The first is black and white, the other in color. Also, while Holiday Inn is a Christmas movie, it features other holidays at an inn in either Connecticut or Vermont. Holiday Inn is my husband's favorite Christmas movie. Fred Astaire's in it, and we both love him.

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  5. I love White Christmas. My eldest granddaughter is also a fan. The boys, not so much. Too mushy. LOL

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