WHITE CHRISTMAS

         

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

My first experience with "White Christmas" (1954) came when I was a young boy and saw it for the first time in its 1961 re-release.

I was a 13-year-old Danny Kaye fan but I didn't know about this one and it was a wonderful surprise when it showed up that October at a theater within reach.

I was enchanted at age 13, and now, all these years later, I still find it enchanting, whisking me away for a couple of hours not only to the world of the film but to my youth.

      

Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye, dancing in 'White Christmas'

Lots of singing, lots of dancing and grand old Irving Berlin songs, with Crosby, Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen taking center stage, along with silly miscommunication plot developments and wisecracks from Mary Wickes, who helps Jagger run the inn.

    

Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, 'White Christmas'

Kaye and Bing Crosby team up for this sort-of variation on "Holiday Inn," in widescreen and vivid Technicolor, as they play World War II vets in show business who put on a show at their former general's (Dean Jagger) failing ski resort.

And it's a real treat to see it on the big screen, which is where it will be in local Cinemark theaters on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p. m.; and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 2 and 7 p.m.