Do you remember White Christmas? It is a holiday musical from 1954 which centers around a group of entertainers who want to spread the Christmas spirit and the magic of the holiday in Vermont inn during the World War II.
Over the course of the years, this movie became a classic that many return to each and every Christmas. It produced some iconic songs such as The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing and What Can You Do With a General?
The cast consisted of some of the greatest names of that time, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger. Another song that was widely introduced through the movie is that of the same name as the title, White Christmas.
This tune and the lyrics, written by Irving Berlin some years before it was performed in the musical film Holiday Inn released in 1942, speak of an old-fashion Christmas setting. So, unlike the popular opinion, the iconic song wasn’t written for the movie White Christmas. In fact, Berlin won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its rendition for Holiday Inn.
Performed by Bing Crosby, the song became the world’s best-selling single of all time.
One of the most memorable scenes from the movie, besides the one in which Crosby belts out White Christmas, is the one in which veterans of the 151st Division are invited to Vermont on Christmas Eve to greet their general. Listening to them singing Old Man still gives goosebumps to many.