Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

DVD - 2010
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Two song-and-dance men plan to retire but things go wrong. Jim (Crosby) decides to move to his farm and relax. He decides to convert his farm to a hotel that will only open on national holidays. He finds the girl of his dreams and everything is going well until Ted (Astaire) returns looking for a new dance partner. Features twelve of Irving Berlin's songs including the debut of White Christmas.
Publisher: Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia, [Australia] : [2010]
1942 ,
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD HOLI
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 101 min.) : black & white
Alternative Title: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

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ThomasJWhiting
May 09, 2016

GREAT 1942 Irving Berlin romantic musical film starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. Quite an interesting peak at 1942 United States for those of us who weren't born then.
Lots of great dance musical sequences, including terrific opening dance number with Bing and Marjorie. Film does include a 'blackface' (pretty much can't do that any more) number holiday tribute to Abe Lincoln on his Feb 12 birthday. Louise Beavers does have yet another side role as housekeeper Mamie.
The out of town inn only having shows on holidays sets up lots of big stage numbers with great costumes, etc. Marjorie Reynolds is terrific doing 'Be Careful, It's My Heart' on Valentine's Day. I did notice they suppressed the loud tap sounds during the dance to not distract.
She was new to me, but I also enjoyed Virginia Dale as Lila who completes the romantic pairing foursome.
Oh, I do notice that some of the comments here are actually for film 'Going My Way' which was part of a two film DVD, but the DVD I checked out only has 'Holiday Inn'; blackface, but no Irish accents...

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Nursebob
Mar 13, 2016

With sentimental schmaltz and Irish accents to spare, director Leo McCarey’s fluffy little Catholic confection went on to win no fewer than seven Academy Awards including the coveted “Best Picture” statuette. But despite its cloying sweetness this still ranks as one of Hollywood’s golden oldies and Crosby’s crooning renditions of seven songs including “That’s an Irish Lullaby”, “Swinging on a Star”, and “Ave Maria” (accompanied by opera great Risē Stevens and the Robert Mitchell Boy’s Choir) are memorable if not exactly earth-shattering. The real miracle however is that Crosby’s somnolent performance managed to steal the Best Actor Oscar from the more deserving Barry Fitzgerald who had to settle for the “supporting” category.

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VV17
Dec 07, 2015

"Holiday Inn" is a wonderful film! If anyone enjoyed the movie "White Christmas", "Holiday Inn" is sure to become another favorite classic. Bing Crosby's vocal numbers will captivate the audience, and Fred Astaire's dance numbers are sure to entrance the viewers. Going through every holiday, this unique plot is creative and enjoyable. The whole family can enjoy watching this film together, and it is especially enjoyable to watch during Christmas time.

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VV17
Dec 07, 2015

"Going My Way" is very nicely done. While the plot is slow, it is the characters the screenwriter wishes to focus on. Father O'Malley's tender heart and unique ways of helping those in need is sure to delight the audience. Also, the musical numbers are very beautiful. This is a great movie to remind the audience of the truth, "One person can make a difference," and sometimes that difference begins with a smile.

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cattlekids7
Jan 22, 2015

instant classic.

jdempseydesign Dec 07, 2014

This is a great movie! Love it! One of my favourite Christmas movies.

jdempseydesign Dec 07, 2014

I love this movie! One of my favourite Christmas movies!

7duffy Jun 23, 2014

Nice movie. Atypical story and delivery for that period in film making. However, Bing was great. I didn't know he was such a good actor. He plays the younger priest as a pius, but also street-wise. Barry Fitzgerald was excellent as well, as the older priest. Nice supporting job by Frank McHugh, who brings the right amount of jocularity to role of Bing's boyhood friend and now, fellow priest.

epotter8811 Oct 16, 2013

A fairly standard WWII-era movie musical with lots of great songs and dancing from Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is also the film that introduced the world to the classic holiday song (and Crosby standard), "White Christmas." This is a charming if predictable film. While Astaire has a truly ingenious tap number with some firecrackers, I still prefer the 1954 update of this film...also known as White Christmas.

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rslade
Jul 18, 2013

The song "White Christmas" was actually first used here. Not as well known as the movie of that name, this is primarily a set of song and dance numbers, with a bit more slapstick than is really necessary.

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