1954 Running time: 120 Certificate: u Rating: 4

Synopsis

Musical romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as former G. I. s who reinvent themselves as a song-and-dance act. While flush with success, the boys hook up with performing sisters Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) and Vera Ellen. But they face a tricky challenge when they take a gig at a failing ski resort run by their old army general. Not the first film to feature the title song (that was Holiday Inn) but an irresistible feelgood romp that became the biggest grossing hit of 1954.

Director

  • Michael Curtiz

Cast

  • Bing Crosby

  • Danny Kaye

  • Rosemary Clooney

  • Vera-Ellen

  • Dean Jagger

Review

A star-stuffed Christmas turkey that proved to be a golden goose at the box-office when it grossed 12 million dollars on its initial release and became the top money-making film of its year.

Its combination of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye - the latter a last-minute replacement for Donald O'Connor, who broke his leg - and an enchanting score by Irving Berlin proved irresistible to the paying public despite a lacklustre story and saccharine script.

The boys are a song and dance team who organise a Christmas benefit concert for their ex-army general Dean Jagger), whose ski resort is going bankrupt due to lack of snow.

Of the songs, Sisters, sung by both Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and then mimed to the girls' voices by Crosby and Kaye, stands out above the rest - save the title song, of course.

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