‘White Christmas’ comes to Bainbridge Cinemas

The 1954 holiday-themed romantic musical “White Christmas” will return to the big screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Bainbridge Cinemas.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, the film stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, and is notable for, among other things, being the first to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen process developed by Paramount that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film, which ultimately resulted in clearer, finer-grained standard 35mm prints.

It also features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song.

In it, a successful song-and-dance team, two military vets, become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding officer.

According to Wikipedia, the film’s famous leading male duo were almost never teamed up.

“‘White Christmas’ was intended to reunite Crosby and Fred Astaire for their third Irving Berlin showcase musical. Crosby and Astaire had previously co-starred in ‘Holiday Inn’ (1942) — where the song ‘White Christmas’ first appeared — and ‘Blue Skies’ (1946). Astaire declined the project after reading the script and asked to be released from his contract with Paramount. Crosby also left the project shortly thereafter, to spend more time with his sons after the death of his wife, Dixie Lee. Near the end of January 1953, Crosby returned to the project, and Donald O’Connor was signed to replace Astaire. Just before shooting was to begin, O’Connor had to drop out due to illness and was replaced by Danny Kaye.”

The movie was immediately popular and became the top moneymaker of 1954 by a reportedly wide margin.

Tickets are available now; visit www.farawayentertainment.com for more information.