|Marjorie Reynolds during her screen test for the movie|
Honestly I have to admit that sometimes musicals bore me, especially modern day ones (I walked out of the theater during Chicago), but for some reason musicals like Holiday Inn are completely endearing to me (maybe it's just that old Hollywood charm). I know White Christmas starring Crosby in 1954 is kind of a re-working of Holiday Inn, but honestly I would give this one a try first. It's quieter, less flashy, and in black and white, but it's also pretty darn good.
Here's some more trivia on the film, and I hope everyone's days are merry and bright in the coming year. Happy Christmas Eve!
- The Holiday Inn hotel chain is named after this movie (it was founded in 1952 by Kemmons Wilson).
- The song "White Christmas" was written for this movie by Irving Berlin. It won the Academy Award for best original song in 1943, and to this day it is the second best selling music single ever (the first is Elton John's re-working of "Candle in the Wind", "Goodbye England's Rose", which only surpassed it in 1997). (Note: this article still says "White Christmas" is the best selling music single ever)
- As a Christmas gift to the studio, Fred Astaire worked for two weeks without pay during filming of Holiday Inn.
- The Navy Relief Society received the proceeds from the New York premiere of the film.
- The sets from Holiday Inn were re-used during the filming of White Christmas (Paramount Pictures, 1954).
- The shoes worn by Fred Astaire during the firecracker dance sequence were auctioned off for $116,000 dollars' worth of war bonds.
- The "drunk dance" in the film reportedly had Fred Astaire drinking two shots of bourbon before the first take and one shot before each subsequent take, until they finally got the shot during the seventh take.