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Old 12-21-1999, 03:35 PM
beefymeg beefymeg is offline
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Both are considered "holiday movies."
Both feature Irving Berlin songs.
Both star Bing Crosby.
Both have something to do with saving an old hotel in New England.

So what's the deal? Is WC a remake of HI? Are they even remotely related or is it just a weird coincidence? Help me please.

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Old 12-21-1999, 03:41 PM
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"Holiday Inn" is about all holidays. The Inn just opened on holidays, hence its name. It's not just about Christmas.
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Old 12-21-1999, 04:08 PM
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Ok, smartass, I KNOW that, but that still technically makes it a "holiday" movie. Isn't the grand finale a Christmas spectacular? I can't remember. Anyway, that still doesn't explain all the strange similarities.

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Old 12-21-1999, 05:12 PM
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At the risk of being labeled a smartass, I will venture an answer.

The movie Holiday Inn featured the song White Christmas, which became a big hit on the radio. Somebody at the studio had the bright idea of making a movie so similar (theme, stars, composer), it would make just as much money as the original. Thus was born the concept of the sequel, which is why we have movies like Star Trek VII.

Blame it on Der Bingle.

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Old 12-21-1999, 05:46 PM
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The plot of HOLIDAY INN had Crosby and Fred Astaire as two entertainers who run an Inn that's only open on holidays. There are Irving Berlin songs for each holiday of the year (including Lincoln's birthday!), including "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade." It's a likeable but unambitious film, with a lightweight plot primarily as a way to showcase the songs.

"White Christmas" (the song) became a big hit for Crosby and someone had the idea of making a film using it as a title. "White Christmas" (the movie) is thus not really a sequel, since it's a different story with different characters.

The plot of the movie has Crosby and Danny Kaye as entertainers who get together their old army unit in order to help out their old pal, the general. It doesn't snow, so the general is in danger of losing the inn, and, of course, it snows on Christmas day. It is sappy and maudlin to the nth degree. The entire thing is badly contrived, making it one of the worst Christmas films ever.


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