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Holiday Inn Details


Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday). Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage (eleven years earlier, Bing enjoyed a final clinch with Marion Davies under surprisingly similar conditions in Marion Davies). As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial 1954 remake, Marion Davies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 4, 1942


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Emmett Dolan Best Score - Musical 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving Berlin Best Song 1942 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving Berlin Best Original Story 1942 Nominee


Bing Crosby
as Jim Hardy
Fred Astaire
as Ted Hanover
Marjorie Reynolds
as Linda Mason
Walter Abel
as Danny Reid
Louise Beavers
as Mamie
Judith Gibson
as Cigarette Girl
Shelby Bacon
as Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold
as Daphne
Kitty Kelly
as Drunk
Robert E. Homans
as Pop
John Gallaudet
as Parker
James Bell
as Dunbar
Irving Bacon
as Gus
Leon Belasco
as Flower Shop Owner
Harry Barris
as Orchestra leader
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Hatcheck Girl


Mark Sandrich
Mark Sandrich
Claude Binyon
Elmer Rice
Irving Berlin
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Emmett Dolan
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellsworth Hoagland
Hans Dreier
Production Designer
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Daniel Dare
Wally Westmore