Holiday Inn (1942)
At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
In the movie Bing Crosby’s character decides that he’s done being a performer, he wants to be a farmer because it’s so much easier. Clearly he knows nothing about farming and quickly realizes it and decides that the best thing for him to do is turn his farm into an Inn where it’s only open on holidays.
Interesting the hotel chain took their name from this movie.
Alright, so the movie hasn’t aged very well. The music is great, but at one point they dress up in black face and they don’t treat Marjorie Reynolds very well, and they’ve got a servant that’s the usual stereotype for the era. Honestly, I sadly forget these things and seem to only remember the music and how much I like it.
I love Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and I end up watching this movie most Christmases, but I wish it was better.
I wish the Blu Ray had this cover
Easter Parade (1948)
A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.
This is basically a dancing My Fair Lady, well more focused on dancing. Love Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and this is one of my favorite musicals.
Judy Garland’s character naturally falls in love with Fred Astaire, though, I’ll be honest I was always more into Peter Lawford.
Watching it again for the first time in years I was actually a little disappointed in Garland’s character. I wish she hadn’t fallen in love with him so quickly. That’s just my modern femaleness getting in the way. Just have to turn off my brain and absorb the romance, pretty music, and awesome hats. Love the clothes in this movie.
I liked how fiery she was at the end. I like my women with a temper. She also goes after him and doesn’t let him get away, so she wasn’t a damsel in distress, she got her man.