White Christmas, 1954

Classic Film Aficionados

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Lush, beautiful, bright, funny, touching are a few choice words I use for “White Christmas”, released in 1954, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Produced by Robert Emmett Dolan, distributed by Paramount in VistaVision (first movie released in this perspective), with cinematography by Loyal Griggs, costumes by Edith Head (with close to 450 film credits in her career, to me as good as any of her Oscar winning work) Set Decorations by Sam Comer and Grace Gregory, the dances and musical numbers staged by Robert Alton, the choreography by Bob Fosse, although his work went uncredited.

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I don’t want to wax long over my love and infatuation with this movie, I know that in many respects it is a slight offering, yet, with each viewing I am transported to the state of Kind and Gentle, populated by a people that have made it so. The…

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