12.09.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 9: May Your Days Be Merry and Bright



LAST FILM WATCHED: Holiday Inn
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: So this film actually focuses on ALL holidays, but the scenes set during Christmas are the very best and stand out the most. This is of course because the film features the debut of the classic Christmas song "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." Besides that, the story is charming and features great performances from Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.....so as expected both the singing and dancing in the film are top notch. It's always interesting to see how differently people saw entertainment both then and now, and Holiday Inn is living proof of that. With the exception of The Artist, you definitely don't see elaborate tap dancing sequences in films anymore....and it's a shame
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

8 comments:

Johanna said...

You know I really think I like to watch Fred Astaire being the unlikable character in this one. He's quite the scoundrel.

The music is unbeatable. Irving Berlin knew how to do it.

And it is interesting to see entertainment morph. The black face sequences are unthinkable today, but I think it's good to keep the historical context.

Love this movie!

Amelia said...

I had no idea that's where this song debuted! I've actually never seen this or the Artist (still!).

Sarah said...

Just as you said, how can you go wrong with Bing Crosby singing, Fred Astaire dancing, and "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas?" There's a reason this one is a classic.

courtney wightman said...

i've been wanting to watch this. thanks for the review friend!

Howard said...

What Sarah said.

Teea Lamb said...

I, like Amelia, didn't know this is where that song came from. This is on my list of movies I need to see!

Sarah said...

Are you going to review "The Lemon Drop Kid?" That's where the song "Silver Bells" comes from. Or, what about "Meet Me in St. Louis?" That's where the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" came from. Oh, and here's a fun bonus, did you know that Mel Torme wrote "The Christmas Song?" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...)

I love old-school Christmas music!

Johanna said...

I love "The Lemon Drop Kid." Bob Hope is a favorite of mine. Most people don't know it, be he was a huge influence on....Woody Allen. Yep.