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Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday). Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention.



Special Features



* A couple of song and dance men

* An intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire on interview with Ava Astaire-McKenzie

* All singing - All dancing

* Experience the making of the unforgettable song and dance numbers of Holiday Inn

* Audio commentary

* Feature length audio commentary by film historian Ken Barnes with archive audio comments by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and John Scott Trotter

* Original theatrical trailer

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Special Features Disc One: A couple of song and dance men: an intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire featuring an interview with Ava Astaire-MacKenzie All singing-all dancing: experience the making of the unforgettable song and dance numbers of Holiday Inn Audio commentary: feature-length audio commentary by film historian Ken Barnes and archive audio comments by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and John Scott Trotter Original theatrical trailer Disc Two: Coloring a classic: learn how Holiday Inn was color-designer using amazing new technology that transformed the black and white classic to color with the help of Jan Mucklestone, personal sketch artist of famed costume designer Edith Jead

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MC61021484 Holiday Inn Special Edition DVD (1942/Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire) $14.98