Saturday, December 17, 2011
PHOTOS OF THE DAY: HOLIDAY INN
It's hard to believe but nearly 70 years ago the classic holiday favorite HOLIDAY INN was first shown. The movie started off as just a little film combining the talents of singer Bing Crosby, dancer Fred Astaire, and song writer Irving Berlin, but the film spawned the hit song "White Christmas" as well as shot Bing further up the ladder of super stardom. Here are some great scenes and pictures from that classic movie...
BING CROSBY (1903-1977), FRED ASTAIRE (1899-1987), MARJORIE REYNOLDS (1917-1997) and VIRGINIA DALE (1917-1994)
THIS IS A DIFFERENT PUBLICITY PHOTO, SHOWING BING WITH VIRGINIA DALE AND FRED ASTAIRE WITH MARJORIE REYNOLDS
HERE IS THE GREAT SCENE WHERE BING FIRST SANG WHITE CHRISTMAS ON FILM. IT WAS SUNG AS A DUET WITH MARJORIE REYNOLDS. HOWEVER, REYNOLDS VOICE WAS DUBBED IN BY MARTHA MEARS (1910-1986).
HERE IS THE NOW CONTROVERSIAL "ABRAHAM" BLACKFACE SCENE. IN 1942, IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED RACIAL AT ALL.
HERE IS BING AND FRED ASTAIRE WITH THE GREAT CHARACTER ACTOR, WALTER ABEL (1898-1987).
A FEW YEARS AGO, THE MOVIE WAS RE-RELEASED AS A COLORIZED MOVIE. I RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO SEE THIS VERSION. IT IS EXCELLENT!