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zch| Holiday Inn
Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Shelby Bacon
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 100
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features: Box set, Black and White
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Oct 2008 Discs:  3 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  In 1942, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby teamed up at Der Bingle's Paramount Pictures for "Holiday Inn", a black-and-white musical that proves more entertaining than Crosby's color semi-remake "White Christmas" in 1954. Astaire and Crosby play partner/rival song-and-dance men who compete for the hand of their performing partner, played by Virginia Dale. After Crosby loses, he moves to the Connecticut countryside where he creates a resort that is only open on holidays and puts on the shows with the help of Marjorie Reynolds. Dumped by Dale, Astaire makes a drunken arrival at the inn on New Year's Eve and dances with Reynolds. He decides she'll be his new partner, but doesn't remember what she looks like, setting off a frenzied search at every subsequent show while the once-bitten Crosby does his best to steer him off track. The theme gives Irving Berlin an excuse to craft or recycle a number of holiday-themed songs, such as (in the former category) "Washington's Birthday" or (in the latter) "Easter Parade." The most famous of the new material, of course, is "White Christmas," which became one of the bestselling songs of all time and the title song of Crosby's 1954 film. Astaire and Crosby also team up for "I'll Capture Her Heart," which playfully contrasts the stars' specialties, and Astaire's "It's So Easy to Dance with You" became one of the signature songs of his post-Ginger Rogers career. Astaire and Crosby teamed up again for "Blue Skies" in 1946. --"David Horiuchi"

Bonus Descriptions
Disc 1: Original Black & White Version
- A Couple of Song and Dance Men: An intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire featuring an interview with Ava Astaire-MacKenzie
- All Singing-All Dancing: Experience the making of the unforgettable song and dance numbers of "Holiday Inn"
- Audio Commentary: Feature-length audio commentary with film historian Ken Barnes with archive audio comments by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and John Scott Trotter
- Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: New Color Version
- Coloring a Classic: Learn how "Holiday Inn" was color-designed using amazing new technology that transformed the black and white classic to color with the help of Jan Mucklestone, personal sketch artist of the famed costume designer Edith Head

Disc 3: Music Soundtrack CD
- 12 classic Irving Berlin holiday songs from the original soundtrack including Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and "Happy Holiday"

Track Listing
1. I'll Capture Your Heart (Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire)
2. Lazy (Bing Crosby)
3. You're Easy to Dance With (Fred Astaire)
4. Happy Holiday (Bing Crosby)
5. Let's Start the New Year Off Right (Bing Crosby)
6. Abraham (Bing Crosby)
7. Be Careful, It's My Heart (Bing Crosby)
8. I Can't Tell a Lie (Fred Astaire)
9. Easter Parade (Bing Crosby)
10. Song of Freedom (Bing Crosby)
11. I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For (Bing Crosby)
12. White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

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