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From the very first frame, a color palate of red, green, and white (with eventually a consistent dash of blue) set the audience for certain amount of holiday cheer. Most films directed by Michael Curtiz that you might think of off the top your head-- Casablanca , Yankee Doodle Dandy , Angels with Dirty Faces , Mildred Pierce --have cinematography that is sharp and dark. This reason alone might be good enough to watch the 1954 holiday film White Christmas. There is a pretty good cast in this Christmas classic, perhaps more memorable than the cast of the film that more or less was its spiritual predecessor: Holiday Inn. Both feature Bing Crosby in the lead at one point singing the immortal song "White Christmas," as well as a hotel trying unique ways to get guests for the holidays (or in this case, just the big one in December). Case in point is the movie's opening scene, where it gets its famous song out of the way pretty quickly. It's 1944 in Europe as American army men are taking a Christmas break watching a vaudeville show by Crosby and Kaye's characters. After a more upbeat number, Crosby sings "White Christmas," the song that won an Oscar for Holiday Inn. From a personal perspective, being away from home in the desert heart of Islam in a country where Christmas is illegal, as I have for the past five years, has really made the song, a favorite of mine, far more poignant. However, my complaints have no merit when one thinks of the reality of wartime soldiers in any country being away from home during a time meant for celebrating being home with one's family. The film only requires Crosby's exceptional voice and the soldiers sadly staring at the ground to provide a really effective opening. From there, though, it's not exactly the most memorable of classic holiday films, but it's an enjoyable one nevertheless. Crosby and Kaye become Wallace and Davis, post-war hits, topping radio and awing their audiences. But despite their success, Crosby is miserable, unhappy, and lonely, according to Kaye, or at least "happy for the wrong reasons. " They are in a business where the women they meet are young and ambitious, so Wallace (Crosby) is not opposed to the idea of settling down necessarily but is more or less convinced that he won't find the love of his life anytime soon. Source: Chris and the Movies

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  • Frame by Frame Two

    Indiana University Press. 1997. ISBN: 0253211204,9780253211200. 771 pages.

    A compendium of approximately 3,000 film items. Listed here are films with black themes or subject matter; films featuring substantial participation by Blacks as screenwriters, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants; and films in which Blacks play incidental roles. Productions made between 1978 and 1994 are included. Each entry is categorized by type and fully identified and annotated, with complete cast lists.

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John Brascia - IMDb

John Brascia, Actor: White Christmas. John Brascia was born on May 11, 1932 in Fresno, California, USA as John F. Brascia. He was an actor and writer, known for White ...

John Brascia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Brascia; Born (1932-05-11) May 11, 1932 Fresno, California, U.S. Died: February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19) (aged 80) Santa Monica, California, U.S. Years active

John Brascia - Biography - IMDb

John Brascia was born on May 11, 1932 in Fresno, California, USA as John F. Brascia. He was an actor and writer, known for White Christmas (1954), ...

Brascia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brascia is an Italian surname. Notable people with the surname include: Christina Brascia, American actress; John Brascia (1932–2013), American actor and dancer

White Christmas' Dancer John Brascia Dies at 80 - Hollywood Reporter

White Christmas' Dancer John Brascia Dies at 80 - Hollywood Reporter

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