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Holiday Inn

Though many rightfully regard it as a yuletide film - after all, it begins and ends on Christmas Eve and introduced the most popular secular Christmas song of all time, 'White Christmas' - 'Holiday Inn' is actually an all-purpose holiday movie, suitable for viewing on Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Easter, even Valentine's Day. Composer Irving Berlin cleverly salutes almost every national day of celebration in this delightfully entertaining romantic romp that's been a regular in my family's December viewing rotation as long as I can remember. The ingenious teaming of crooner Bing Crosby with terpsichorean titan Fred Astaire, a bevy of beautiful Berlin melodies, and a snappy script by Claude Binyon (adapted from an idea by Berlin) all help elevate a pedestrian tale to surprisingly lofty heights. While 'Holiday Inn' stands as one of 's highest grossing films, its reputation has only increased over the ensuing decades, and it's unlikely its current stature as a pinnacle of seasonal entertainment will ever be diminished.

For more than a half century, 'White Christmas' sat atop the charts as the bestselling song of all time (Elton John's special 'Candle in the Wind' tribute to Princess Diana finally eclipsed it in the late s), and 'Holiday Inn' owes much of its success and longevity to this nostalgic yuletide anthem that continues to warm hearts and evoke cherished memories of home, family, and seasonal festivities. Any artist worth his or her salt has recorded it, but let's face it, no one can rival Crosby's original rendition, performed simply at the piano in front of a lit tree with a roaring fire in the background. The song comes early in 'Holiday Inn,' with little fanfare, and though it didn't immediately catch on (America's entry into World War II spurred its popularity, as the tune became a special favorite of soldiers fighting overseas), its performance by Crosby is now considered an iconic movie moment, and its reprise by Marjorie Reynolds (dubbed by Martha Mears) late in the film wields additional emotional impact.

Most of 'Holiday Inn,' however, is all about fun and the clever romantic maneuvers of its dueling leads, who purport to be best friends, but spend most of the movie as double-crossing rivals. When gold-digging tap dancer Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale) dumps crooner Jim Hardy (Crosby) on the eve of their wedding for Jim's partner, the slick and manipulative Ted Hanover (Astaire), Jim picks himself up, dusts himself off, and proceeds with his plan to quit the nightclub hurlyburly and relax on his Connecticut farm. Yet after a year of arduous chores and little sleep, farmer Jim (fresh from a stint in a sanitarium to calm his frazzled nerves) embarks on a new professional path better suited to his lazy personality. Almost overnight, Jim transforms his farm into an inn - "but what an inn!" The gimmick? It's open only on holidays, so Jim only has to work about 10 days a year (although the lavish productions Jim continually mounts would quickly bankrupt such an enterprise). Jim asks his former manager, Danny Reed (Walter Abel in a memorable frenzied portrayal), to send any starving performers his way, and Danny complies, referring flower shop employee Linda Mason (Reynolds) to Holiday Inn just to get her out of his hair. Jim hires the fresh-faced, bubbly Linda and quickly falls in love with her, but when Lila runs off with a Texas millionaire, leaving Ted without a dance partner (and girlfriend), Ted sets his sights on Linda to fill both roles. "Here we go again," sighs Jim, and in an effort to keep history from repeating itself, he uses all his wiles to keep Linda at the inn and out of Ted's arms.

Though the backstage plot (that features more than a few screwball elements) is just a framework on which to hang more than a dozen Berlin holiday-themed songs, there's enough arch dialogue and witty repartee to fuel the clichéd story. Crosby and Astaire create incomparable chemistry, and watching them spar with and manipulate each other is one of the film's most enjoyable aspects. The role of Ted Hanover is the closest Astaire would ever get to portraying a villain in his five-decade career, and he seems to relish the character's Machiavellian traits. Yet Astaire's charm always shines through, and somehow he makes the crafty cad likeable. Though both Reynolds and Dale never achieved much renown beyond their work here, both make strong impressions, holding their own with Astaire on the dance floor and providing a welcome dash of spunk when necessary.

Yet when all is said and done, 'Holiday Inn' is all about the music and the dancing, and Berlin's catchy cadre of memorable tunes makes it easy to revisit this breezy film year after year. In addition to the Oscar-winning 'White Christmas' and perennial favorite 'Easter Parade,' the score includes the lilting 'Be Careful, It's My Heart' (exquisitely sung by Crosby and danced with ethereal grace by Astaire and Reynolds), the festive 'Happy Holiday,' the soulful 'Abraham' (performed as a black-face minstrel number), the rousing 'Song of Freedom' (a bit of wartime propaganda featuring clips of FDR and American troops in action that was hastily inserted after the Pearl Harbor attack, which occurred during the movie's production), and the explosive 'Let's Say It With Firecrackers,' one of the most intricate and exciting dance numbers of Astaire's career. With astonishing precision, Astaire taps his feet off while tossing various pyrotechnics across the dance floor in perfect syncopated rhythm, resulting in an electrifying routine and defining example of how seamlessly Astaire weaves together invention, artistry, and flawless technique.

Another awe-inspiring display of Astaire's genius occurs when an inebriated Ted takes to the floor with Linda and performs a series of perfectly executed drunken moves. Reportedly, Astaire took a shot of whiskey before each take (there were seven in all) so he could appear authentically soused, and the resulting bumbling and stumbling - all meticulously choreographed, but performed to look like anything but - is one of the film's many high points. Equally humorous (and impressive), the dance to 'I Can't Tell a Lie' alternates between highbrow classicism and lowbrow buck-and-wings, as Jim mercilessly and continually changes the song's style and tempo - prompting Ted and Linda to continually alter their rehearsed routine on the fly, and thus prevent them from locking lips. 

Like the hotel chain that was named after the movie, 'Holiday Inn' isn't particularly unique - dramatically or musically - but producer-director Mark Sandrich, who helmed five of the legendary Astaire-Rogers films, knows what's he's doing, and crafts a buoyantly entertaining motion picture that continues to stand the test of time. Of course, "timeless" is the perfect adjective to describe the gifts of both Crosby and Astaire, and their easygoing partnership helps transform the modest 'Holiday Inn' into one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Holiday Inn' arrives on Blu-ray packaged in a standard case inside a sleeve with a bit of embossing. Tucked inside the front cover is a leaflet with instructions on how to access and download the digital copy. Video codec is p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio mono. Once the disc is inserted into the player, a static menu without music prompts viewers to select between the original black-and-white and colorized versions of the film. After the selection, the movie immediately begins. Supplements only can be accessed via the pop-up menu button on the remote.

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Holiday Inn – Blu-ray B&W and Colorized

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holidayinnThe newest edition of the classic movie Holiday Inn is something film lovers will cherish. Besides the wonderful movie, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, there are plenty of bonus features that give viewers a lot of insight about the actors, movie, and the new technology that was used to colorize this famous film.

 

Both the original black and white version of this classic and a new colorized version come on the same Blu-ray disc. Some hard-core movie buffs do not want to see their films colorized, but other viewers do. With this edition you get your choice. I truly enjoyed watching this movie in color. Having grown up seeing it in black and white every year at the holiday season, seeing it in color is a new experience. And it’s a pleasant one at that.

 

The story features Crosby and Astaire as Jim and Ted, song and dance men who split up when Jim (Crosby) decides to leave the entertainment business and retire to a farm in Connecticut. What he discovers is that life is boring on the farm so he turns it into an Inn, which is only open on holidays. That way he can work a few days a year and rest the remainder of the time. It’s a win-win situation for him.

 

He hires Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) to co-star with him in the holiday shows. What he gets is more than just a co-star. There are plenty of laughs, sentimental moments, and a lot of singing and dancing throughout the film.

 

The movie is from an idea by Irving Berlin who wrote the songs. Every holiday has a different song, and the Christmas song is “White Christmas,” of course. If you thought the song came from the show White Christmas, you were wrong. It was penned for Holiday Inn. The filmmakers believed the Valentine’s Day song, “Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” would be the breakout song from the film, according to the PBS documentary Bing Crosby: Rediscovered. But it was “White Christmas” that stole the hearts of viewers and has become a beloved song worldwide.

 

Anytime while watching the movie, press the Pop-Up Menu button on your remote control to see some bonus features. These are all interesting. In “A Couple of Song and Dance Men,” Fred Astaire’s daughter Ava and film historian Ken Barnes discuss the relationship between Crosby and Astaire, and the two men’s backgrounds and careers.

 

Another bonus, “All-Singing All-Dancing” looks at the history of song and dance in film.

 

“Colorizing a Classic” shows how the film was colorized using the latest technology. This was a very intricate process and took six weeks to complete. It’s amazing to see how they went frame by frame, colorized the foreground characters first then used a different technique to automatically colorize the background. This is something tech buffs will enjoy watching. It’s creative and interesting to see. And the research they did to get the colors perfect as well as hunting down any information about the actual wardrobe is astounding. For instance, the Christmas dress worn by Reynolds was thought to be red, but on further investigation they discovered it was gold, so they changed it to gold to make it reflect the actual dress worn when the film was produced. Viewers see the gold beaded dress in all its gorgeous glitz on the screen.

 

Besides the two versions of the film and all the bonus features, this edition comes with a Digital HD download code.

 

Holiday Inn is the quintessential holiday film. It’s warm and fuzzy, with a lot of great music and now, with the colorized version, plenty of sparkles and colors.

 

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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Holiday Inn [Blu-ray]

 

(Mark Sandrich, )

 

   

Reissued October,

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Paramount

Video:

Universal

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

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Disc Size: 48,,, bytes

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Video Bitrates: Mbps (both)

Chapters: 18 (both)

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: October 7th,

 

Video:

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Resolution: p / fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English kbps / 48 kHz / kbps / bit (DTS Core: / 48 kHz / kbps / bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English kbps / 48 kHz / kbps / DN -4dB

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), Spanish, French, none

 

Extras:

&#; Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes Including Archive Audio Comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter
&#; A Couple of Song and Dance Men ()
&#; All-Singing All-Dancing ()
&#; Theatrical Trailer ()
&#; Coloring a Classic ()
&#; Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration)
&#; Digital Copy of Holiday Inn (Subject to expiration)

 

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Description: Screen legends Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in one of the most timeless holiday classics ever, Holiday Inn. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song, &#;White Christmas&#;, Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds). &#;Tis the season for one of the most sensational musical comedies of all time!

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The Film:

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday). Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage (eleven years earlier, Bing enjoyed a final clinch with Marion Davies under surprisingly similar conditions in Going Hollywood). As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial remake, White Christmas

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE The plot of Holiday Inn was merely an excuse on which to hang 14 Berlin songs. Crosby, Astaire, and Virginia Dale are a musical act, which breaks up when Crosby decides to retire to a farm. But Crosby quickly grows bored and decides to turn his farm into an inn and nightclub, which will be open only on national holidays. He then teams with a new partner, played by Marjorie Reynolds. Suddenly, Astaire, jilted by Dale, pays a visit, and the two men's musical and romantic rivalry starts up again.

Originally, there had been some discussion of getting stars for the female leads. Ginger Rogers and recent Astaire partner Rita Hayworth were mentioned. But Paramount, which was already shelling out big bucks for Crosby and Astaire, balked, and two relative unknowns were selected. Virginia Dale was a nightclub dancer who had played minor roles in over a dozen films. Marjorie Reynolds had been starring in Poverty Row Westerns. When Reynolds won the female lead in Holiday Inn, the Paramount publicity department dubbed her the "Saddle Cinderella." Although neither actress became a major movie star, Reynolds would find small-screen stardom a decade later, playing the wife of William Bendix in the 's TV series, The Life of Riley.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Image :    NOTE:The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Holiday Inndiscutilizes the size of dual-layered Blu-ray to offer both the original and colorized versions on one disc.  Pretty interesting to compare although an intrusive timeline prohibiting me from making all the paired captures below exact matches - although some are. Even as a purist the colorization seems to have merit. The technology for this has advanced quite a lot in the past few years. It doesn't look as unnatural as it did in the initial years. The black and white is horizontally stretched beside the colorized (or the colorized is vertically stretched). I lean to the former. The colorized also shows slight amount of more information the frame.  Textures are nice - more evident on the original (black and white.) I don't know - I guess there is no reason to 'pick sides' as both versions are accessible.

 

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Audio :

Olive utilize a DTS-HD track at kbps. There is no depth or range to speak of but it seems a faithful transfer without flaws. Irving Berlin's 'holiday' and related fun music is the highlight with "White Christmas" "Easter Parade", "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning", "Lazy", "I'll Capture Your Heart Singing", "Happy Holiday" and the medleys. The score is by Robert Emmett Dolan (The Bells of St. Mary's, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, My Son John, The Three Faces of Eve) and is kind of buried but has a crispness when detected - especially via the lossless. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a

region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

Extras all seem to come from the older DVD release including the professional commentary by film historian Ken Barnes with the inclusion of archival audio comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter. It is still very relevant giving a nice historical overview of Holiday Inn. Also repeated is the minute "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" detailing much of the careers of Crosby and Astaire. Ken Barnes is here again talking to Astaire's daughter - Ava Astaire McKenzie. Barnes also narrates the 7-minute All-Singing All-Dancing featurette. The 'new' piece has Legend Films discussing the interesting facets of 'Coloring a Classic' for almost 9-minutes. The process can garner some appreciation - even for the purists. lastly is a theatrical trailer and the package contains UltraViolet access and codes for a Digital Copy of Holiday Inn (Subject to expiration.)

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
It's a prudent decision to include the original when pushing out the colorized version. And the ability for us to compare is revealing. Holiday Inn is a classic - dated but still fun with great music. The Blu-ray has plenty of value and its hard not to give some kudos to the colorization appearance. Great commentary and extras - albeit repeated but I think this is one definitely deserved of owning in P. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

October 1st,

   

Reissued October,

 

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Holiday Inn (film)

film by Mark Sandrich

Holiday Inn is a American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, with Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, and Walter Abel.[3] With music by Irving Berlin, the composer wrote twelve songs specifically for the film, the best known being "White Christmas". The film features a complete reuse of the song "Easter Parade", written by Berlin for the Broadway revue As Thousands Cheer. The film's choreography was by Danny Dare.[4]

The film received a Academy Award for Best Original Song (Irving Berlin for "White Christmas"), as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Score (Robert Emmett Dolan) and Best Original Story (Irving Berlin).[5]

Plot[edit]

Jim Hardy, Ted Hanover, and Lila Dixon have a popular New York City musical act. On Christmas Eve, Jim prepares for his final performance before retiring with Lila to a farm in Connecticut. Lila tells Jim she has fallen in love with Ted instead; heartbroken, Jim bids them goodbye.

The following Christmas Eve, Jim is back in New York City, with plans to turn his farm into "Holiday Inn," an entertainment venue open only on holidays, to the amusement of Ted and his agent Danny Reed. Danny is accosted by aspiring performer Linda Mason; he refers her to Holiday Inn and Ted's club. There, Linda encounters Jim, who pretends to own a rival club, while Linda pretends to be a celebrity friend of Ted's, but escapes when Ted and Lila approach.

On Christmas Day, Linda arrives at Holiday Inn and meets Jim, realizing their deception. Jim sings Linda his new song, "White Christmas".

On New Year's Eve, Holiday Inn opens to a packed house. Ted learns that Lila is leaving him for a Texas millionaire. Drinking heavily, he arrives at Holiday Inn at midnight and finds Linda. They dance, and the inebriated Ted brings down the house. Danny arrives and is ecstatic that Ted has found a new partner, but in the morning, Ted does not remember Linda. Jim hides Linda, afraid Ted will steal her away.

On Lincoln's Birthday, Ted and Danny search for Linda, but Jim runs the minstrel show number "Abraham" to foil them. While applying Linda's blackface makeup, Jim asks her to stay with him between holidays, which she interprets as a proposal. Empty-handed, Ted and Danny plan to return.

Rehearsing for Valentine's Day, Jim presents Linda with a new song, "Be Careful, It's My Heart". Ted arrives, and launches into an impromptu dance with Linda. Recognizing her from New Year's Eve, Ted demands that Jim prepare them a number to perform.

On Washington's Birthday, Ted and Linda perform in elaborate 18th century period costumes, while Jim sabotages their tempo from a minuet to jazz every time they attempt to kiss. Linda refuses Ted's offer to become his dance partner, saying that she and Jim are to be married. When Ted asks him about the marriage, Jim plays it off, but Ted is unconvinced.

At Easter, romance blossoms between Jim and Linda. They are met by Ted, who asks to remain in Jim's shows to experience "the true happiness" they have found. Linda is charmed, but Jim is suspicious.

Jim's apprehensions are confirmed on Independence Day when he overhears Ted and Danny discussing an offer from Hollywood representatives, who will use that night's show to audition Ted and Linda for motion pictures. Jim bribes hired hand Gus to stall Linda. Gus drives Linda into a creek, but she is picked up by Lila. Having left the millionaire, Lila tells Linda that Lila will be Ted's partner for the studio tryout. Assuming that Jim arranged for Lila to take her place, Linda directs Lila into the creek.

At the inn, Ted is forced to improvise solo. Linda arrives to discover Ted has impressed the studio honchos. Irritated that Jim did not trust her to make her own decision, Linda leaves for Hollywood. Jim reluctantly agrees to let the producers make a film about Holiday Inn.

Thanksgiving finds the inn closed and Jim depressed. He prepares to mail Hollywood his new song, which he plays to his own negative commentary. His housekeeper Mamie implores him to win Linda back.

Jim arrives in California on Christmas Eve, just as Ted is preparing to marry Linda. Jim confronts Ted in his dressing room, then locks him inside. On the set of Linda's movie, a recreation of Holiday Inn, Jim leaves his pipe on the piano and hides as Linda enters and performs "White Christmas". Noticing the pipe, she falters, then continues as Jim's voice joins her. Jim appears and Linda runs to him as the director yells, "Cut!"

At Holiday Inn on New Year's Eve, Ted is reunited with Lila, and Jim and Linda prepare for life together at the inn.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In May , Irving Berlin signed an exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures to write songs for a musical film based on his idea of an inn that opened only on public holidays. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire were the stars of Holiday Inn with support from Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale. Filming took place between November 18, , and January 30, Produced and directed by Mark Sandrich, Holiday Inn had its premiere at the New York City Paramount Theatre August 4, [6] It was a success in the US and the UK, the highest-grossing film musical to that time. It was expected that "Be Careful, It's My Heart" would be the big song. While that song did very well, it was "White Christmas" that topped the charts in October and stayed there for eleven weeks. Another Berlin song, "Happy Holiday", is featured over the opening credits and within the film storyline.

Filming outside the studio occurred at the Village Inn Resort in Monte Rio on the Russian River, in Sonoma County, California.[7]

Many segments of the film are preceded by shots of a calendar with a visual symbol of the given holiday. For November, an animated turkey is shown running back and forth between the third and fourth Thursdays, finally shrugging its shoulders in confusion. This is a satirical reference to the "Franksgiving" controversy when President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to expand the Christmas shopping season by declaring Thanksgiving a week earlier than before, leading to Congress setting Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November by law.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii occurred halfway through filming. As a result, the Fourth of July segment was expanded beyond Fred Astaire's firecracker dance to include the patriotic number that highlights the strength of the US military.[8]

Music[edit]

The song "White Christmas"[edit]

"White Christmas" (Decca Records )

Main article: White Christmas (song)

The song that would become "White Christmas" was conceived by Berlin on the set of the film Top Hat in He hummed the melody to Astaire and the film's director Mark Sandrich as a song possibility for a future Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicle. Astaire loved the tune, but Sandrich passed on it. Berlin's assignment for Paramount was to write a song about each of the major holidays of the year. He found that writing a song about Christmas was the most challenging, due to his Jewish upbringing.[9] When Crosby first heard Berlin play "White Christmas" in at the first rehearsals, he did not immediately recognize its full potential. Crosby simply said: "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."

Although "White Christmas" has become iconic, this was not the original intention. The song "Be Careful, It's My Heart", played during the Valentine's Day section of the film, was originally intended to be a bigger hit when production of Holiday Inn commenced.

The song is used during the Christmas holiday sections of the movie, most notably when it is introduced to Linda Mason (Reynolds) by Jim Hardy (Crosby) while she is trying to obtain a position in the shows at the inn. Hardy begins playing the song to her allowing her to join him and eventually perform solo. The song is also reprised near the end of the movie. Chrysotileasbestos was used to make the fake snow used in this scene.[10]

Song releases[edit]

Main article: Song Hits from Holiday Inn

Song Hits from Holiday Inn(Decca Records )

Full-length studio recordings of the film's songs, differing slightly from those in the movie, were made for commercial release. Initially issued on 78rpm records, they were later collected on LP, cassette and CD.

Soundtrack[edit]

Main article: Holiday Inn (soundtrack)

These are the song recordings taken directly from the motion picture soundtrack and are often confused with the studio recordings released to the public.

Home media[edit]

Holiday Inn was first released on VHS and Beta formats in September by MCA Home Video, re-released in and again, on VHS only, in

It was first released on DVD paired with another Crosby vehicle, Going My Way (). It added a trailer for each film and some text-based extras. This version is also available in many boxed set collections of holiday-themed or Crosby-themed movies.

In it was released as a single-disc "Special Edition" featuring a commentary by Ken Barnes, with interspersed archival comments by Crosby and Astaire. It also included A Couple of Song and Dance Men, a documentary on Astaire and Crosby; All-Singing All-Dancing, a featurette on audio recording of movie musicals; and a reissue theatrical trailer.

In it was released as a three-disc "Collector's Edition" containing the previous DVD and a second disc with a newly computer-colorized version and Coloring a Classic, a featurette on the colorization. Also included was a CD of the track Song Hits from Holiday Inn album, featuring original full-length studio recordings of the film's songs.

In it was released on Blu-ray as a single disc edition featuring both black and white and colorized versions and all previous DVD extras.

In it was released again on both formats, this time including a second disc featuring a performance of the Broadway adaptation.

Reception[edit]

The film was placed at No. 8 in the list of top-grossing movies for in the US.

Theodore Strauss of The New York Times described the film as "all very easy and graceful; it never tries too hard to dazzle; even in the rousing and topical Fourth of July number, it never commits a breach of taste by violently waving the flag. Instead, it has skipped back over the year in an affectionate and light-hearted spirit."[11]Variety called it "a winner all the way" with "sterling" performances by the male leads.[12]Harrison's Reports called it "a most delightful entertainment The performances of the leading players are very good."[13]Film Daily described it as "a completely satisfying musical filled with crisp comedy, fetching music, snappy dance routines, first-rate acting, smart story touches, and lavish and beautiful settings".[14]

Legacy[edit]

The success of the song "White Christmas" eventually led to another film based on the song, White Christmas (), which starred Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. It was an extremely loose remake of Holiday Inn, with a plot again involving an inn, but otherwise different from the earlier film. Fred Astaire was offered the second lead in the new film, but after reading the script, he declined. The role was then offered to Donald O'Connor, but he was injured before filming began. Danny Kaye ultimately took the role.[citation needed]

In , the American Film Institute listed White Christmas at No. 5 in its Years Songs.[15]

A colorized version of Holiday Inn was released by Universal on October 14, The colorization was done by Legend Films, who used Edith Head’s sketch artist, Jan Muckelstone, as a color design consultant for costume authenticity.[citation needed] The colorized version bears a noticeable error in the "Abraham" sequence, as Crosby's and Reynolds' make-up is brown, rather than the black of burnt cork.

The name of the Holiday Inn hotel chain was inspired by the film.[16] The title of the film had also inspired the renaming of a small 19th century inn in Intervale, New Hampshire. The owners of that inn were able to bar any other use of the name in that area of New Hampshire until they chose to relinquish the name, as their use preceded the naming of the chain.[17]

Adaptations[edit]

Holiday Inn was dramatized as a half-hour radio play on the January 11, , CBS broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater, starring Crosby and Astaire with Dinah Shore.[18] On December 15, , The Railroad Hour presented a half-hour adaption of the film. The episode starred Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warenskjold.[19]

In , Universal Stage Productions, the live theater division of Universal Pictures, invited Goodspeed Musicals to develop a stage adaptation of the film. With book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, music from the films Holiday Inn and White Christmas plus other Berlin songs, and directed by Greenberg, the musical premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut on September 19, [20] The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Holiday Inn began previews on Broadway at Studio 54 on September 1, , before the official opening on October 6. The cast included Bryce Pinkham as Jim, Megan Lawrence as Louise, Corbin Bleu as Ted, and Lee Wilkof as Danny.[21][22]

Blackface controversy[edit]

Beginning in the s, some broadcasts of the film have entirely omitted the "Abraham" musical number, staged at the Inn for Lincoln's Birthday, because of its depiction of a blackface minstrel show incorporating images and behaviors that are racist in nature.[23] However, because Turner Classic Movies airs films uncut and unedited, the network has left the "Abraham" number intact during their screenings of Holiday Inn. AMC also aired the film intact before they became an advertiser-supported channel. To avoid advertiser objections, the edited version now airs annually on AMC.[citation needed]

In , British Prime MinisterTheresa May named Holiday Inn as her favorite Christmas film, causing controversy due to the racism of the "Abraham" segment.[24][25]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^"Holiday Inn". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 7,
  2. ^"All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, p.&#;M to
  3. ^"Holiday Inn". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 3,
  4. ^Bookbinder , p.
  5. ^"Awards for Holiday Inn". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 3,
  6. ^Rainho, Manny (August ). "This Month in Movie History". Classic Images (): 24–
  7. ^"Locations for Holiday Inn". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 3,
  8. ^"Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin's song "White Christmas" today in ". Carl Leonard. Retrieved July 2,
  9. ^"White Christmas". www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com.
  10. ^Monaghan, Gabrielle (December 24, ). "White Christmases are becoming a daydream". ISSN&#; Retrieved August 21,
  11. ^Strauss, Theodore (August 5, ). "Movie Review – Holiday Inn". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7,
  12. ^"Film Reviews". Variety. New York: Variety, Inc. June 17, p.&#;8.
  13. ^"'Holiday Inn' with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire". Harrison's Reports: June 20,
  14. ^"Reviews of the New Films". Film Daily. New York: Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc.: 6 June 15,
  15. ^"America's Greatest Music in the Movies"(PDF). American Film Institute. Retrieved November 1,
  16. ^Martin, Douglas (February 14, ). "Kemmons Wilson, 90, Dies; Was Holiday Inn Founder". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7,
  17. ^"Bartlett Historical Society".
  18. ^"Screen Guild Theatre, the: 'Holiday Inn' {Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore} (Radio)" paleycenter.org, accessed October 6,
  19. ^"Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 38 (4): Autumn
  20. ^"Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" goodspeed.org
  21. ^Clement, Olivia (May 27, ). "See Who's Heading to the Holiday Inn on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved June 2,
  22. ^"Critics Review Holiday Inn on Broadway". Playbill. October 7, Retrieved November 1,
  23. ^Mueller, John (). Astaire Dancing – The Musical Films. London: Hamish Hamilton. p.&#; ISBN&#;. Mueller comments: "This scene, as well as the number which follows are often cut when the film is shown on television, presumably because of the offensiveness of the blackface"
  24. ^"Theresa May n-are nicio zi de liniște! Presa britanică a criticat-o vehement, după ce premierul a ales un film cu conotații rasiste drept preferatul ei de Crăciun". www.b1.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved December 25,
  25. ^"Theresa May says her 'favourite Christmas film' is s movie with blackface scene". The Independent. December 25,

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