Time: 100 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Won Academy Award for Best Song. Nominations for Best Music and Original Story.
Instead of waiting for Hollywood to dream up ways to use his songs, the prodigiously-talented Irving Berlin developed the idea for this fun and frothy musical treat as a way to showcase his latest tunes. Throw in the pairing of Astaire and Crosby and you can pretty much guarantee a great time. Berlin makes sure there's plenty of dancing and singing to showoff both their talents and peppers the plot with plenty of witty one-liners they sling back and forth in between the musical numbers. Though partly a love story, the romance angle is more of a plot device designed to give them something to fight about than one that inspires overwhelming emotions of true love. Astaire and Crosby have more chemistry with each other than they do with either of the leading ladies, but that's the way it should be since they are the stars of the picture. Reynolds and Dale do their best to keep up with the charm and smarm of their co-stars, and though they both manage to hold their own, neither will be remembered for her participation here.
The story is fairly simple: Jim (Crosby) deserts his stage career with Ted (Astaire) his longtime partner who's stolen the love of their co-star Lila (Dale) to live quietly in Vermont. After months of the solitary simple life, Jim combats his growing boredom by establishing his property as the next hot spot: an inn that will be open only on national holidays that will provide dinner and entertainment to the public. He's initially joined in his venture by Linda Mason (Reynolds), an up-and-coming singer/dancer who's looking for a boost to her career. They get along famously onstage and off and their future looks rosy until Ted reenters the picture. After being dumped by Lila for a Texas millionaire, he needs to find a new dance partner and he sets his sights on Linda. Though he loves her, Jim is not quite ready to openly offer his heart again, so he works against Ted's plans to make Linda a star, hoping that her burgeoning feelings and love of the quiet life will be enough to keep her at Holiday Inn.