Inn: 3-Disc Collector's Set (2008)
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Majorie Reynolds, Virginia
time: 101 minutes
classic 1942 flick is the one that introduced the world to
Irving Berlin's beloved song "White Christmas".
It's a beautiful addition to any DVD collection - even more
so with the addition of a superb colorized version AND a 12-track
CD from the original soundtrack. The original black and white
version is here, too.
there's still some opposition out there to colorized movies,
but many skeptics have changed their minds once they've seen
the work of Legend Films, the company hired to transform Holiday
Inn from black and white to sparkling color. Legend really
does its homework, referencing old color production photos,
researching the fashions and costumes of the day and getting
the physical appearance of each actor just right. Yes, Bing
Crosby really did have those piercing blue eyes!
Inn tells the story of wisecracking song and dance men Jim
(Crosby) and Ted (Astaire) who fall out over the girl in their
act Lila (Virginia Dale). Jim thought Lila was about to marry
him only to discover she has the hots for Ted.
Ted and Lila head off for stardom, Jim quits showbiz and buys
a Connecticut farm. A year later, exhausted by farming, Jim
decides to transform the place into an inn that's only open
on major public holidays like Christmas, New Year, Easter
and so on. While visiting New York to see Ted and Lila's act,
Jim meets aspiring singer and dancer Linda (Marjorie Reynolds)
and she teams with him to perform at the inn
. . . and they soon plan to marry.
Lila chooses this moment to leave Ted and run away with a
millionaire. Ted gets monumentally drunk, shows up at the
inn and dances up a storm with Linda. This is a hilarious
sequence as Astaire dances drunk (brilliantly) before falling
on his face.
morning, Ted can't remember who he danced with - he just knows
she's the new partner he's been looking for.
sets up Jim and Ted for another hilarious battle over a woman
they both love.
movie is packed with classic Irving Berlin songs, including
"You're Easy to Dance With", "Happy Holiday",
"Be Careful, It's My Heart", "Easter Parade"
and of course, "White Christmas".
is brilliant, with some inventive routines (including one
with firecrackers) and the movie has the cosy feel of Hollywood
at its peak.
are some notable extra features here, too:
* A Couple of Song and Dance Men: An intimate retrospective
of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire featuring an interview with
* All Singing-All Dancing: Experience the making of the unforgettable
song and dance numbers of Holiday Inn.
* Audio Commentary: Feature-length audio commentary with film
historian Ken Barnes with archive audio comments by Bing Crosby,
Fred Astaire and John Scott Trotter.
* Original Theatrical Trailer.
Coloring a Classic: Learn how Holiday Inn was color-designed
using amazing new technology that transformed the black and
white classic to color with the help of Jan Mucklestone, personal
sketch artist of the famed costume designer Edith Head.