White Christmas
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White Christmas, Paramount's belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio's first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film's simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which "What Can You Do With a General?" is the least memorable. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (replacing an ailing Donald O'Connor) play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Paramount's first film in (lavender-hued) VistaVision was this pornographically soppy but, nonetheless, hearty and humorous 1954 festive romp."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Director Michael Curtiz has made his picture look good. It is too bad that it doesn't hit the eardrums and the funnybone with equal force."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"...not a great musical, just a pleasant little piece of fluff trying to capitalize on past accomplishments."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"With a cast like this, the ensuing light-hearted mayhem and Irving Berlin's title song, there is not much cause to complain if you're looking for nothing more than mild diversion."
‑ , Film4
"Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with VistaVision, keep the enteratinment going in this fancifully staged production, clicking well."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Great songs, gentle humour and a dose of syrup which is not to everyone's tastes, but worth buying to keep that Christmas spirit going until next year."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"White Christmas is the cinema equivalent of an inappropriate festive snog under the mistletoe - you know you probably shouldn't enjoy it but you just can't help yourself."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A new score by Irving Berlin also contributed to its marzipan popularity. But it's the title song that really produced lasting gold. That and the fake snow."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Though it's not as satisfying as it might have been, it still boasts great stars and catchy songs in addition to a love story, and is a perennial holiday favorite."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The whole thing is rather forced and antiseptically cheerful."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Musical-comedy classic reprises Irving Berlin hit."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's a nice, if undemanding, Yuletide treat."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"How many festive shopping experiences have been ruined by the sound of Bing Crosby gargling out White Christmas over department store tannoys worldwide?"
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"Hardly put me in a Merry Christmas mood."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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