So, yesterday was a bit of a short one, but I recommend everyone tries to find We’re No Angels, I’m sure it will be on Film4 at some point. Although if Elf isn’t on TV at all this Christmas, who knows?
And today it’s…
21st December, Day 52
Holiday Inn (Mark Sandrich, 1942)
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Virginia Dale are Jim, Ted, and Lila, a successful musical act in New York. Jim and Lila plan on moving to the country and getting married, but after their supposed final performacne, Lila admits she has fallen in love with Ted, and will be staying in New York with him. Jim moves out to his farmhouse but finds it difficult to make a living, so plans to turn his farm into the “Holiday Inn”, an entertainment resort that will only open on certain holidays.
Jim returns to New York briefly, and on the way back Linda (Marjorie Reynolds) spots him and his talent agent. She follows them back to the Holiday Inn. Over the next year these characters meet up at each holiday as the Inn opens. Will Jim be able to make the Holiday Inn a success? Will Ted and Lila be able to be succesful on their own? Will Jim and Linda find happiness?
Any musical that has White Christmas in it is obviously onto a winner. Irving Berlin was at the top of his game when he wrote the songs featured here, although there’s a slightly dodgy moment with a minstrel song for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. But the rest of the songs are great, with the Valentine’s Day song “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” expecting to be the huge hit, before Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” did rather better than anyone expected and became a Christmas classic.
There’s also an extended July 4th/Independence Day song due to the fact that the Pearl Harbour attacks happened, and the producers decided to give the song a patriotic and military reprise.
Although the Christmas parts are only in passing, this is a cracking musical. Admittedly you need to get in the right frame of mind to watch a 1940s musical, but it is worth it.
Overall, I give this
Just what I needed this far into my Countdown!
I’m into the final rundown of films, and it’s another classic with Laurel and Harry’s BABES IN TOYLAND!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus
12th December, Day 43: Santa’s Little Helper
13th December, Day 44: Santa With Muscles
14th December, Day 45: Santa’s Slay
15th December, Day 46: Four Christmases
16th December, Day 47: A Christmas Horror Story
17th December, Day 48: The Family Man
18th December, Day 49: Silent Night, Deadly Night!
19th December, Day 50: Mixed Nuts
20th December, Day 51: We’re No Angels
21st December, Day 52: Holiday Inn