Artist: Bing Crosby
Music and Lyrics by: Irving Berlin
White Christmas Irving Berlin (Excerpt)
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow …
Starring Marjorie Reynolds and Fred Astaire
White Christmas Irving Berlin
Written for the Film: Holiday Inn (1942)
Bing Crosby: Jim Hardy
Fred Astaire: Ted Hanover
Marjorie Reynolds: Linda Mason
Virginia Dale: Lila Dixon
Walter Abel: Danny Reed
Louise Beavers: Mamie
Irving Bacon: Gus
Starring Fred Astaire as Ted Hanover
Fred Astaire will never say, though he’s always asked, which of his dancing ladies was his favorite partner. If you ask me, he preferred the solo turns.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds (dubbed by Martha Mears)
80th Anniversary Edition DVD
Special edition includes the film’s theatrical trailer and audio commentary with film historian Ken Barnes. Listen to archived audio comments from stars Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. You’ll love the holiday songs by famed composer Irving Berlin, including White Christmas–one of the biggest-selling recordings in music history!
I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
The Most-Recorded Christmas Song of All Time
Irving Berlin was known to stay up all night writing music and lyrics. White Christmas was a song he created during one such session. In the morning he reportedly told his musical secretary, “I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written–hell, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!”
White Christmas will forever be associated with Bing Crosby, who debuted the holiday tune on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941. The following year, the song was introduced on a large scale in the musical Holiday Inn. In the film, Bing Crosby sang a duet with Marjorie Reynolds. The song received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Another Bing Crosby musical, White Christmas, starring Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, was the highest-grossing film of 1954.
White Christmas has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Doris Day, The Partridge Family, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Taylor Swift, Boy George, and Rod Stewart. According to the 2008 Guinness Book of Records, Bing Crosby’s recording of the popular Christmas song is the biggest selling single of all time!
White Christmas (1954)
Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye
The best way to get along with Bing was to forget first of all that he was Bing Crosby. It was not always easy.
Featured in the Film: White Christmas (1954)
Bing Crosby: Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye: Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney: Betty Haynes
Vera-Ellen: Judy Haynes
Dean Jagger: Major Gen. Thomas F. Waverly
Mary Wickes: Emma Allen
Songs from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Featuring Rosemary Clooney
White Christmas Theatrical Movie Trailer
Starring Dean Jagger as Major Gen. Thomas F. Waverly
Diamond Anniversary Edition
This special edition was created to honor the 60th anniversaries of White Christmas and Danny Kaye’s appointment as UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador.
I feel that the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life is to be associated with UNICEF.
Starring Vera-Ellen as Judy Haynes
I was called a bookish child. Mother sent me to a ballet teacher in Cincinnati when I was nine years old. I guess I was an awkward child and the family wanted me to be graceful. When I found out I liked to dance and people seemed to like to watch me, I was determined to go places.
One of the Greatest Songwriters in American History
Never hate a song that’s sold a half million copies.
Bing Crosby Christmas Music
Including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white.’
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