History Film / WhiteChristmas

25th Aug '16 5:32:27 PM BobTanaka
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* {{Corpsing}}: Bing Crosby is all-but-losing it during the boys' version of "Sisters."
26th Dec '15 9:06:27 PM DragonQuestZ
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* CannotSpitItOut: Betty could tell Bob why she's upset at him, but doesn't get up the nerve. She has to see Bob's TV appearance to realize he's not doing what she though he would.
26th Dec '15 5:33:54 AM DragonQuestZ
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* OutOfContextEavesdropping: Nosy housekeeper Emma has a habit of eavesdropping on phone conversations. She hears Ed Harrison (an Ed Sullivan expy) planning to bring General Waverly on his show, and immediately hangs up her phone receiver to tell the LoveInterest... and misses the hero (Creator/BingCrosby as Bob Wallace) rejecting this scheme.

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* * OutOfContextEavesdropping: Nosy housekeeper Emma has a habit of eavesdropping on phone conversations. She hears Ed Harrison (an Ed Sullivan expy) planning to bring General Waverly on his show, and immediately hangs up her phone receiver to tell the LoveInterest... and misses the hero (Creator/BingCrosby as Bob Wallace) rejecting this scheme.



* PimpedOutDress / SimpleYetOpulent: Several fancy dresses. Of course there are the holiday dresses, but there are also the blue lace dresses in the "Sisters" number, the white lace dress with removable skirt in the "Mandy" number, and the black dress with flared hem and OperaGloves for "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me".

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* PimpedOutDress / SimpleYetOpulent: PimpedOutDress: Several fancy dresses. Of course there are the holiday dresses, but there are also the blue lace dresses in the "Sisters" number, the white lace dress with removable skirt in the "Mandy" number, and the black dress with flared hem and OperaGloves for "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me".


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* SimpleYetOpulent: Many of the outfits don't look that fancy until you look closer at the details.
26th Dec '15 5:25:55 AM DragonQuestZ
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* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is appalled, and [[IdiotPlot instead of confronting him and learning the truth]], spends much of the rest the movie being passive-aggressive and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, having shared a kiss with her the night before, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.
25th Dec '15 7:39:24 PM RedCapLF
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** "If someone is pulling you out from under a falling wall, just spit straight into his eyes."
* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is horrified, and instead of confronting him and learning the truth, spends much of the rest the movie being hostile and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, having shared a kiss with her the night before, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.

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** "If someone is pulling you out from under a falling wall, just spit straight into in his eyes.eye."
* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is horrified, appalled, and [[IdiotPlot instead of confronting him and learning the truth, truth]], spends much of the rest the movie being hostile passive-aggressive and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, having shared a kiss with her the night before, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.
25th Dec '15 7:09:29 PM RedCapLF
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* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is horrified, and instead of confronting him and learning the truth, spends much of the rest the movie being hostile and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, after sharing a kiss with her, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.

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* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is horrified, and instead of confronting him and learning the truth, spends much of the rest the movie being hostile and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, after sharing having shared a kiss with her, her the night before, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.
25th Dec '15 7:08:03 PM RedCapLF
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* KarmaHoudini: Emma overhears the exact wrong part of Bob's plan with Ed Harrison, and gossips to Betty that Wallace and Davis are going to make a profit on General Waverly's hard luck and humiliation. Betty is horrified, and instead of confronting him and learning the truth, spends much of the rest the movie being hostile and cold to the rest of the main cast, especially Bob, who, after sharing a kiss with her, is confused and hurt. When she learns that Bob's appearance on the show had no "angle" and was a sincere gift to the General, she immediately ''forgives Bob for something he never did'', instead of ''explaining her mistake and apologizing.'' Emma never gets called out, either.
25th Dec '15 6:00:20 PM RedCapLF
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Phil -- himself a wannabe entertainer -- uses both Bob's gratitude and his guilt over the injury to convince him to try a partnership after the war. Despite Bob's initial misgivings, the pair not only work as a due, they become one of the biggest acts in the country, moving in ten years from club gigs to their own radio show and ultimately to writing and producing their own Broadway revues.

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Phil -- himself a wannabe entertainer -- uses both Bob's gratitude and his guilt over the injury to convince him to try a partnership after the war. Despite Bob's initial misgivings, the pair not only work as a due, duo, they become one of the biggest acts in the country, moving in ten years from club gigs to their own radio show and ultimately to writing and producing their own Broadway revues.
20th Dec '15 6:19:35 PM DocWildNole
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* {{Musical}}
* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted. This is what Phil says after saving Bob. It really is just a flesh wound, but the former will never the let the latter forget it.

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* {{Musical}}
{{Musical}}: If the names Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby and Vera-Ellen didn't clue you in.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted. This is what Phil says after saving Bob. It really is just a flesh wound, but the former will never the let the latter forget it.



* TakeThat: The "Choreography" number is one big TakeThat against MarthaGraham and the Modern Dance movement of the time.

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* TakeThat: The "Choreography" number is one big TakeThat against MarthaGraham Martha Graham and the Modern Dance movement of the time.


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* UnplannedCrossdressing: To give Betty and Judy time to slip out of the Florida nightclub ahead of a chiseling landlord and the sheriff who's there to back him up, Phil talks Bob into lip-syncing a parodic reprise of the "Sisters" number. The "drag" consists of scarves, sashes, headdresses and the sister's feather-boa fans, plus rolling up their trousers to expose the gartered socks that all well-dressed men wore then. It's still the comedic highlight of the film, mostly because Danny Kaye's outrageous and improvised campiness had the much more conservative (onscreen and in real life) Bing Crosby totally {{Corpsing}} throughout the number.
18th Dec '15 10:15:17 PM h27kim
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** The plot echoes that from ''Holiday Inn'' very closely, too. Of course, both are set at an inn that was converted from a farm around Christmas time.
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