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WSow, I can't believe that it's taken me this long to finally see this movie! I love it! Great music, very entertaining storyline and very funny at times. I was a little shocked when I saw the "Lincoln's Birthday" sequence that was done in black face, something you don't see much at all anymore, and with good reason. However, as one reviewer pointed out, the scene was done very tastefully, with Mr. Crosby paying tribute to Pres. Lincoln for freeing the slaves. I loved all the music, singing and dancing and just couldn't get enough of it! I wish I could find a Holiday Inn of my own :) )!!!
the comments here are a mash-up between Going My Way and Holiday Inn - some obviously so and some not
Holiday Inn is a wonderful classic, which celebrates more than one holiday. This film is the story of two entertainers, Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover. When Jim decides to turn his Connecticut estate into the Holiday Inn and opens his doors to the public, he provides entertainment on each holiday of the calendar year. He hires Linda as his partner, and the two quickly fall in love. There is a love triangle that emerges between Ted, Jim, and Linda. There is a black face dance scene that may discourage some people from watching. Let me clarify something. The film reflects its time, and its time was full of racial injustice of the 1940’s culture. Unfortunately, Louise Beavers suffered stereotypes, but managed to make a breakthrough for an African American actress. In the film, she sings her own piece on how African Americans were liberated from slavery. We should learn from this, move forward, and not let it happen again. We should not alter history. What we do today may not be acceptable in the future. The animated calendar sequences are very fun and very advanced for their time. If you like musicals, then this is the movie you should watch. 4/5 stars
@janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This film was created in 1944 before the end of the war. It is nothing short of a brilliant piece of work touching on various elements of the era such as church, community, family, gender roles, musical genres, the penal system and having a life purpose. No special effects here-no need! This is pure entertainment at it's best. Great questions arise after viewing it. For starters, Is today's society any different?
VERY GOOD 1944 period piece drama starring Bing Crosby as Catholic priest and his new assignment to a New York declining church. Interesting plot, rather different than anything I have previously seen. This is for 'Going My Way' film.
Fantastic movie. Very fun, the songs are great, the dances are great, and it's just good clean entertainment. Such a treat to see some of the best in action!
You can find bigotry and/or racism in ALL of U.S. history if you are a liberal - Democrat. If you find the movie offensive THEN DON'T WATCH IT! Just recently I read someone had also found bigotry and racism in the Christmas movie White Christmas. There is no living in a PERFECT WORLD!
This movie is cringe inducing in its portrayal of race relations; I could hardly believe anyone thought it would be a good idea to have Bing Crosby dress up in blackface to sing a song praising Abe Lincoln. There are other blackface numbers, for no particular point. Moreover, the treatment by the white dancers and singers, especially Bing Crosby, of African American servants in the inn is classic racism unawares. I find it all appalling. The script isn't even worth sitting through; it's predictable and slow. The only good parts, in my opinion, are the dance sequences featuring Marjorie Reynolds and Fred Astaire. No plot needed there -- it's just a joy to watch them. But even they can't save this lost cause of a movie.
GREAT 1942 'Holiday Inn' film - Irving Berlin romantic musical film starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. Quite an interesting peak at 1942 United States for those of us who weren't born then.
Lots of great dance musical sequences, including terrific opening dance number with Bing and Marjorie. Film does include a 'blackface' (pretty much can't do that any more) number holiday tribute to Abe Lincoln on his Feb 12 birthday. Louise Beavers does have yet another side role as housekeeper Mamie.
The out of town inn only having shows on holidays sets up lots of big stage numbers with great costumes, etc. Marjorie Reynolds is terrific doing 'Be Careful, It's My Heart' on Valentine's Day. I did notice they suppressed the loud tap sounds during the dance to not distract.
She was new to me, but I also enjoyed Virginia Dale as Lila who completes the romantic pairing foursome.
Oh, I do notice that some of the comments here are actually for film 'Going My Way' which was part of a two film DVD, but the DVD I checked out only has 'Holiday Inn'; blackface, but no Irish accents...
With sentimental schmaltz and Irish accents to spare, director Leo McCarey’s fluffy little Catholic confection went on to win no fewer than seven Academy Awards including the coveted “Best Picture” statuette. But despite its cloying sweetness this still ranks as one of Hollywood’s golden oldies and Crosby’s crooning renditions of seven songs including “That’s an Irish Lullaby”, “Swinging on a Star”, and “Ave Maria” (accompanied by opera great Risē Stevens and the Robert Mitchell Boy’s Choir) are memorable if not exactly earth-shattering. The real miracle however is that Crosby’s somnolent performance managed to steal the Best Actor Oscar from the more deserving Barry Fitzgerald who had to settle for the “supporting” category.
"Holiday Inn" is a wonderful film! If anyone enjoyed the movie "White Christmas", "Holiday Inn" is sure to become another favorite classic. Bing Crosby's vocal numbers will captivate the audience, and Fred Astaire's dance numbers are sure to entrance the viewers. Going through every holiday, this unique plot is creative and enjoyable. The whole family can enjoy watching this film together, and it is especially enjoyable to watch during Christmas time.
"Going My Way" is very nicely done. While the plot is slow, it is the characters the screenwriter wishes to focus on. Father O'Malley's tender heart and unique ways of helping those in need is sure to delight the audience. Also, the musical numbers are very beautiful. This is a great movie to remind the audience of the truth, "One person can make a difference," and sometimes that difference begins with a smile.
Nice movie. Atypical story and delivery for that period in film making. However, Bing was great. I didn't know he was such a good actor. He plays the younger priest as a pius, but also street-wise. Barry Fitzgerald was excellent as well, as the older priest. Nice supporting job by Frank McHugh, who brings the right amount of jocularity to role of Bing's boyhood friend and now, fellow priest.
A fairly standard WWII-era movie musical with lots of great songs and dancing from Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is also the film that introduced the world to the classic holiday song (and Crosby standard), "White Christmas." This is a charming if predictable film. While Astaire has a truly ingenious tap number with some firecrackers, I still prefer the 1954 update of this film...also known as White Christmas.
The song "White Christmas" was actually first used here. Not as well known as the movie of that name, this is primarily a set of song and dance numbers, with a bit more slapstick than is really necessary.