10 Things You Never Knew About The 1954 Classic Film White Christmas

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With all of the holidaymovies out there, it’s hard to pick a favorite. For one, they’re all so great, but they are also all so different.

It’s a Wonderful Life, for example,is bound to make you shed a tear at least once duringthe film.

White Christmas,on the other hand, is hands down guaranteed to get a a laugh out of you. Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen are all true stars in this Christmas film, and their quartet makes the film stand out among allothers, at least to me!

Behind every film, though, hides the secrets that most folks never find out unless they go hunting for them. All of the behind-the-scenes juice that makes watching your favorite films all that much better is out there waiting for you to find it.

Luckily, we’ve gathered the gossip and trivia for you right here with these 10 fun facts. Did you ever know any of them before?

1. Crosby Loved To Improvise


The midnight snack scene where Bob Wallace goes into detail about which foods create what kinds of dreams, according to Rosemary Clooney, was almost entirely improvised.

2. Crosby’s Laughter Was So Real


The “Sisters” reprise where Kaye and Crosby do the dance with the blue fans wasn’t originally in the script. The two men were fooling around on set when directorMichael Curtiz saw their antics and decided to film it. Crosby’s laughter in the scene was a genuine response to Kaye’s very, very silly dancing. They had a cleaner take, but that laugh was just too good to pass up.

3. Danny Kaye Was A Last Minute Replacement


Fred Astaire was the original choice to star beside Bing Crosby, but this was during the time that he’d temporarily retired. The role was next given to Donald O’Connor. But, he too had to back out for a much stranger reason: he’d contracted Q-fever from the talking mule he starred with in Francis Joins the WACs.

So, in the final hour, Danny Kaye was cast as the co-star. Good thing, too, or else that “Sisters”reprise may never have happened!

4. Vera-Ellen Only Sang Once


Ver-Ellen’s own voice is only heard briefly, when the quartet sings the opening linesto “Snow” live during the railroad scene. For the rest of the movie, Rosemary Clooney’s good friend, Trudy Stevens, dubbed all ofher songs.

5. Crosby Inspired His Own Character


Crosby had a very distinct speech pattern, and writers lifted many of Bob Wallace’s strange turns of phrase from the actor’s own way of speaking.

6. It Was The First High Resolution Film


This was the first movie to ever be shot on VistaVision, a high resolution film created by Paramount in 1954. It features the widescreen format that movies are made on today.

7. ‘The New York Times’ Didn’t Think It Was Very Funny


The New York Timescritic went on and on about VistaVision and how crisp the image was, only to bash the integrity of the film itself, saying that it was a shame the film didn’t hit the funny bone as sharplyas the colors and movements met the eye.

8. The Movie Inspired A Myth About Vera-Ellen’s Neck


It is said that every piece of Vera-Ellen’s wardrobe was designed to cover her neck, which had been damaged byan alleged struggle with anorexia or bulimia, both very serious eating disorders. While her neck is covered in every scene of this movie, there is no proof that previous illness was the cause. Friends claim that the style was simply her trademark, while others are sure that it was due to her struggle.

Yet, it’s nearly impossible to say whether or not she even suffered from either of these illnesses, since they weren’t even really considered diagnosable diseases at the time.

9. There Are Many Hidden Christmas Movie Crossovers

The train conductor, played by Percy Hilton, also played the drunk Santa Claus inMiracle on 34th Street.Bing Crosby is caught playing some of his songs fromHoliday Innon the piano in various parts ofWhite Christmas,and this is the third moviein whichCrosby had sung “White Christmas,” the first two beingHoliday InnandBlue Skies.

Also, the Vermont Inn in this film was recycled fromHoliday Inn, and you’ll notice that the set (pictured above) is very gray because the previous film was shot in black and white and no one bothered to re-paint it!

10. The Film Featured Many Future Stars


Barrie Chase, who later went on to work with the likes of Fred Astaire, danced behind Rosemary Clooney and had one line: “Mutual, I’m sure!”

GeorgeChakiris, a future Academy Award winner, wore all black and danced behind Clooney as well in the number, “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me.”

Alfalfa fromThe Little Rascals, also knows as actorCarl Switzer, was Judy Haynes’ brother, although he was only seen in a photograph.

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