Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn [videorecording] /
by Sandrich, Mark; Binyon, Claude; Rice, Elmer; Crosby, Bing; Astaire, Fred; Reynolds, Marjorie; Dale, Virginia; Abel, Walter; Beavers, Louise; Berlin, Irving; Paramount Pictures, Inc; Universal Pictures (Firm); Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm).Material type: Visual materialPublisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Edition: Special ed.Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.).ISBN: 0783263090; 9780783263090.Language note: English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.Title notes: $14.99 12/21/2013 (cw)Other title: Holiday Inn.Subject(s): Taverns (Inns) -- Drama | Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama | Holidays -- Drama | Christmas plays | Holidays -- Drama. -- Videodiscs | Bars -- Drama | Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama | Holidays -- Drama | DVD-Video discs | Films for the hearing impaired | Musical films | Love stories | Fiction films | Feature films | Musical films | Romantic comedy films | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Musical -- Feature | Romance -- Feature | Comedy -- Feature
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday). Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage (eleven years earlier, Bing enjoyed a final clinch with Marion Davies under surprisingly similar conditions in Going Hollywood). As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial 1954 remake, White Christmas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono., dual-layer, digitally remastered, NTSC.
English dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers.
Lyrics and music, Irving Berlin ; director of photography, David Abel ; editor, Ellsworth Hoagland.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1942.
Based on an idea by Irving Berlin.
A song and dance man leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. A former partner joins him and the two find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady.
Special features: "A couple of song and dance men": an intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire; "All singing - all dancing": the making-of 'Holiday Inn'; Audio commentary by film historian Ken Barnes; Original theatrical trailer.
CD: The twelve days of Christmas -- We wish you a merry Christmas -- Deck the halls -- Hark! the herald angels sing -- Joy to the world -- Jingle bells -- Silent night -- Here we come a-wassailing -- O come, all ye faithful.
$14.99 12/21/2013 (cw)