Christmas Movie Advent Calendar Day 8: White Christmas

White Christmas movie sceneAnother true Christmas movie classic, White Christmas is the No. 18 film in our top 25 best Christmas movie countdown.

Released in 1954, musical White Christmas stars Bing Crosby (TV’s The Bing Crosby Show) and Danny Kaye (Hans Christian Andersen) as two soldiers who, after leaving the Army at the end of World War II, form a song and dance group. They get introduced to a pair of singing/dancing sisters, Rosemary Clooney (Here Come the Girls) and Vera-Ellen (Call Me Madam), and they travel together to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show. There’s Crosby and Kaye find that their former commanding general (Dean Jagger) is the owner of the inn, and it’s not doing well. As the song-and-dance groups team up to save the failing hotel, a series of romantic mix-ups ensue.

Another Irving Berlin musical (Berlin’s Holiday Inn was No. 21 in our Christmas movie countdown), White Christmas was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.”

The film also features Berlin’s signature song “White Christmas,” which was introduced in 1942’s Holiday Inn.

It’s music, dancing, comedy and romance — what more could we want at Christmas?

White Christmas is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The high-definition Blu-ray was just released in November.

Check out the rest of the Disc Dish Christmas Movie Advent Calendar.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.