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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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