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White Christmas.

Too long.  Colors too vivid.  Cheesy sets.  Weird dance numbers.  Episodic plot with the American flag at the end.  Did I already say ‘too long’?

But I still like it.

I like Bing Crosby.  I like the Sisters song, both versions.

It makes me wish I had a quirky best friend who would spontaneously hop on a train and go on a vacation or foot the bill for an extravagant, sentimental gift.

It reminds me of a line, in describing a commercial, that said, “Here are a bunch of beautiful people having more fun than you will ever have.”

Cropped screenshot of Rosemary Clooney and Bin...

Cropped screenshot of Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby from the trailer for the film White Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But the surprising thing is that the actors in White Christmas aren’t the standard Hollywood beautiful.  Attractive, yes, but a more physically eclectic mix than many other 1950 films.

What I like most about White Christmas is that it is pleasant and amusing.  I could pop it in the VCR (dating myself) and have it play as background music while the kidlets were running around without having to edit anything.

Do I really think that any of the characters will have a happily ever after?  No, because I know that Bing Crosby doesn’t marry Rosemary Clooney.  I never believe that the actors are those characters — it feels more like an extravagant school production put on by some of your favorite people.  I’m just happy to watch them dress up and have fun.

 

One weird afterthought.  Michael Curtiz directed Casablanca and White Christmas.   Interesting.

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You may not be able to control whether you are rejected, but you can control how you deal with it.  In How to Marry a Millionaire, William Powell plays the rival love interest for Lauren Bacall.  (SPOILER) She ultimately dumps him and marries the hero, which is the appropriate, humorous ending.  However, William Powell handles her rejection in such a classy way, that I want to write a sequel and give him a happy ending, too.  Of course, I adore William Powell, and not just for the Thin Man movies.  My favorite movie of his is Love You Again, a reverse amnesia story with Myrna Loy (more on that later).

Another classy rejected suitor is Franchot Tone in Here Comes the Groom, a lightweight Frank Capra film that has some lovely moments.  (SPOILER) In this movie, however, we know that he will eventually end up with his attractive distant cousin played by Alexis Smith.  I have a soft spot for this film because Bing Crosby plays Pygmalion, helping the very tall Alexis Smith realize that she doesn’t have to be gawky and dowdy.  She can be a big, beautiful, sexy woman.

A heroine who is in love with a jerk before the hero appears is often sloppy writing.  Does a heroine who never stood up to the jerk deserve a happy ending?  Of course, some jerks don’t appear to be jerks at first, which then becomes better writing.  But whatever the situation, I enjoy classy rejected suitors.

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I adore the voice of Bing Crosby. I don’t enjoy all of his novelty songs, but his voice melts me. And although I like Frank Sinatra, I love Bing. I particularly enjoy him singing “True Love” with Grace Kelly in High Society (1956). So today I celebrate the sweet romance with them:

Note: High Society is a remake of The Philadelphia Story, one of my favorite films.

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