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Greatest Christmas Movie Of All Time? Got a better choice?

Discussion in 'Rants and Raves' started by candcallen, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Vaquero

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    More like it.
     


  2. WT_Foxtrot

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    Depressing, really? I thought it sent a positive message about the importance of family versus selfishness and was introspective. I didn't find it depressing at all, in fact the opposite.
     
  3. Ole Cowboy

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    Cannot believe you forgot!

    White Christmas 1954 version featuring the best selling single recording of ALL TIME!
     
  4. SQLGeek

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    Since I didn't get a response to this, I'll just write it off as some weird New York thing. :)
     
  5. BRD@66

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    Wait! "Sisters" wasn't THAT big of a hit was it?
     
  6. Army 1911

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    I always thought the longest day was a Christmas movie because as kid it always reminded me of the longest day of the year Christmas Eve.
     
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  7. mdf9183

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    White Christmas the song did not debut in White Christmas the movie. It was in Holiday Inn.
     
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  8. FireInTheWire

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    Lol... don't oppress me fat boy 8)
     
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  9. Ole Cowboy

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    I did not say that, I said it featured the song!

    Total sales of the song is around 100 million by Bing Crosby

    The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; a copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by Crosby's estate and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011 program.[5] He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers and for Decca Records in 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the musical film Holiday Inn.[5][8] At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."[9] The song established that there could be commercially successful secular Christmas songs[10]—in this case, written by a Jewish-American songwriter.

    The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by Holiday Inn's first hit song: "Be Careful, It's My Heart".[8] By the end of October 1942, "White Christmas" topped the Your Hit Parade chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year.[8] It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy—"just like the ones I used to know"—with comforting images of home—"where the treetops glisten"—resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. A few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Crosby introduced "White Christmas" on a Christmas Day broadcast.[11] The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. The recording is noted for Crosby's whistling during the second chorus.[8]

    In 1942 alone, Crosby's recording spent eleven weeks on top of the Billboard charts. The original version also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks,[12] Crosby's first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart. Re-released by Decca, the single returned to the No. 1 spot during the holiday seasons of 1945 and 1946 (on the chart dated January 4, 1947), thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts. The recording became a chart perennial, reappearing annually on the pop chart twenty times before Billboard magazine created a distinct Christmas chart for seasonal releases.

    In Holiday Inn, the composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942.[13] In the film, Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan. In the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, would sing the song.[8] The song would feature in another Crosby film, the 1954 musical White Christmas, which became the highest-grossing film of 1954. (Crosby made yet another studio recording of the song, accompanied by Joseph J. Lilley's orchestra and chorus, for the film's soundtrack album.)

    According to Crosby's nephew, Howard Crosby, "I once asked Uncle Bing about the most difficult thing he ever had to do during his entertainment career… He said in December, 1944, he was in a USO show with Bob Hope and the Andrews Sisters. They did an outdoor show in northern France… he had to stand there and sing 'White Christmas' with 100,000 G.I.s in tears without breaking down himself. Of course, a lot of those boys were killed in the Battle of the Bulge a few days later."[14]

    The version most often heard today on the radio during the Christmas season is the 1947 re-recording. The 1942 master was damaged due to frequent use. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 19, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session.[7] The re-recording is recognizable by the addition of flutes and celesta in the beginning.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Christmas_(song)
     
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  10. Ole Cowboy

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    Another movie left off our list (?) is Planes, Trains and Automobiles with John Candy and Steve Martin, very very funny!
     


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