After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters, Betty and Judy (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen), who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
This holiday classic deserves its place in history. The acting is fantastic. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen head the cast in this musical which includes great choreography in the dances, memorable songs (including the best seller “White Christmas”) and some timely humor to boot. Also quite good are Dean Jagger as Major General Thomas F. Waverly and Mary Wickes as the gossip with the big heart, Emma Allen.
The film has great themes, including the theme of love striking when you least expect it, and the fact that it’s never too late for love. It also focuses on loyalty, as the men remember their old general when he is retired and feels no longer needed. It has romance and great settings. It appears a bit outdated of course as far as the dance routines and music, but then again, a classic never really goes out of style. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.