White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas,” introduced by Crosby in the film Holiday Inn.
The movie is set on Christmas Eve, 1944, somewhere in Europe during World War II. Two U.S. Army soldiers, one a Broadway entertainer, Captain Bob Wallace, played by Bing Crosby, the other an aspiring entertainer, Private Phil Davis, played by Danny Kaye, perform for the 151st Division. But word has come down that their beloved commanding officer, Major General Thomas F. Waverly, played by Dean Jagger, is being relieved of command. He arrives for the end of the show and delivers an emotional farewell. The men give him a rousing send-off. After the war, Bob and Phil make it big in nightclubs, radio, and then on Broadway, eventually becoming successful producers. They mount their newest hit musical titled “Playing Around.” The same day they receive a letter from their mess sergeant from the war, asking them to look at an act that his two sisters are performing.
Bob and Phil go to see the sisters’ performance and fall in love with the sisters, Betty, played by Rosemary Clooney and Judy, played by Vera-Ellen. The ladies are heading to an Inn in Vermont to perform but the Inn is in danger of closing because of no customers due to a lack of snow. Bob and Phil bring the cast of their musical “Playing Around” to the Inn, include Betty and Judy in the cast, to attempt to bring in business.
Bob decides to put on a special show for Christmas Eve and invite all their former servicemen buddies to the Inn to be a part of it. The show is even broadcast on national radio. This is the big finale of the movie.