Monday Movie Madness: Hoping for a White Christmas


Hello, Posse!


I hope things are going well for you and your are safe, happy, and enjoying the holiday season. Christmas is getting closer and I want to share one of my favourite Christmas movies. Now, I am not one of those people who will watch every Christmas movie produced, I am actually quite the Christmas movie snob. There are only a handful I really want to spend time watching this time of year and this one is in my number two spot of favorites.



White Christmas is an American musical. It was released in 1954 and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and features the songs of Irving Berlin. This movie gave us a new version of the title song, "White Christmas". This song had been introduced in 1942 by Crosby in another film he was in, Holiday Inn.


Bob Wallace (Crosby) and Phil Davis (Kaye) served in the Army together. Due to an injury Davis apparently sustained in the service while saving Wallace's life, he guilts Wallace into a series of predicaments. Despite Davis' tactics, the duo join forces to become an acclaimed singing act. After the war they become quite famous and during their travels they come across a sister act.


Sisters Betty (Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) are down on their luck and have to get to Vermont to play their next gig before the local authorities catch up to them for unpaid bills. Wallace and Davis help them out and end up going to Vermont with them. It turns out, the quaint country inn is owned by their retired former commander from WWII.


When the singers find out that the general is about to lose the inn due to financial problems, they decide to pull out all the stops and put on an all-star yuletide show to show the general just how much he means to them and his former troops.


This movie is a wonderful feel-good extravaganza with wonderful musical numbers, great comedy bits, and is full of people going out of their way to do selfless acts to help others. What more could you want for a Christmas movie?


Our western connection is easily made in the filmography of Dean Jagger who plays Major General Thomas F. Waverly in this movie. Jagger appeared in numerous westerns throughout his career including Western Union, Rawhide, and Warpath to name a few.


Movie Snack


Today's snack seems like a great holiday mix, just perfect for a Christmas movie snack. Check out the recipe on Mom on Timeout's web page, Snow Day Snack Mix Recipe. (<--- click here) This lovely sweet and salty mix of reds, greens, and whites pairs perfectly with this movie.


Now, it's time to get your snacks and settle in for another incredible holiday movie!



Enjoy!

Stephen




White Christmas Trailer








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