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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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