Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

HolidayInnWhere can a great crooner and a great dancer go to do their “stuff” and compete for the love of a beautiful gal? Where? That would be at Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn [from 1942].

Directed by Mark Sandrich. Screenplay by Claude Binyon. Adaptation by Elmer Rice. The original idea from Irving Berlin.
This film runs 100 minutes and is in black and white.

I think this movie is worth watching just for the singing and dancing. Fred Astaire is fantastic, even when he dances drunk in one routine. And White Christmas is a great duet between Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds, even though someone else dubbed over her voice. [see Soundtrack below]

There is a “blackface” song called Abraham. This was a popular thing for white performers to do in the 1800s and early half of the 1900s. Al Jolson was famous for using blackface in his “Mammy” song which was also a movie in 1930.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

holiday-inn-christmas-movieWho is in the cast of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn?

The CAST:

  • Bing Crosby as Jim Hardy
  • Fred Astaire as Ted Hanover
  • Marjorie Reynolds as Linda Mason
  • Virginia Dale as Lila Dixon
  • Walter Abel as Danny Reed
  • Louise Beavers as Mamie
  • Irving Bacon as Gus

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

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White Christmas [from Wikipedia]

The song that would become “White Christmas” was conceived by Berlin on the set of the film Top Hat in 1935. 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 1941 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.”

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 during the making of a movie with Mason where Hardy appears on set during the filming of the movie.

The SOUNDTRACK: [from IMDb]

  • I’ll Capture Your Heart Singing (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra; Performed by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and Virginia Dale at the nightclub; Reprised at the end with these three and Marjorie Reynolds
  • Lazy (1924)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Sung by Bing Crosby offscreen during a montage on the farm
  • You’re Easy to Dance With (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra; Sung by Fred Astaire and chorus: Ken Darby at the nightclub; Danced by Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale at the nightclub; Dance reprised by Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds at the Holiday Inn on New Year’s Eve
  • White Christmas (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played during the opening credits; Sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds); Played on the movie set by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung by Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) and chorus; Whistled by Bing Crosby; Played as background music often
  • Happy Holiday (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played during the opening credits; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung at the Holiday Inn on New Year’s Eve by Bing Crosby,; Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) and chorus with Shelby Bacon and Joan Arnold
  • (Come To) Holiday Inn (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra; Sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) at the Holiday Inn on Christmas Eve
  • Let’s Start the New Year Right (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung by Bing Crosby at the Holiday Inn on New Year’s Eve
  • Abraham (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra in blackface at the Holiday Inn; Sung on Lincoln’s birthday by Bing Crosby, Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) in blackface, Chorus, and Louise Beavers with Shelby Bacon and Joan Arnold
  • Be Careful, It’s My Heart (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played during the opening credits; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung by Bing Crosby at the Holiday Inn on Valentine’s Day; Danced by Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds; Dance reprised by Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds during the Hollywood montage; Played as background music often
  • I Can’t Tell a Lie (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung at the Holiday Inn by Fred Astaire and danced by Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds on Washington’s Birthday
  • Easter Parade (1933)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played during the opening and as background music
    Sung by Bing Crosby on Easter Sunday
  • Let’s Say It with Firecrackers (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra, sung at the Holiday Inn by the chorus and danced by Fred Astaire on the 4th of July
  • Ending Medley
    Written by Irving Berlin; Performed by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds), Fred Astaire, and Virginia Dale
  • (I’ve Got) Plenty to Be Thankful For (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Sung by Bing Crosby from a record on Thanksgiving Day
  • Song of Freedom (1942)
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra
    Sung at the Holiday Inn by Bing Crosby on the 4th of July
I think you’ll love Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn as much as I do. Be sure to grab some popcorn and a nice beverage, sit back and enjoy the show.

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