White Christmas Movie

Christmas-themed Hollywood movies have been popular for decades. There is even a museum in Ohio with movie items with the Christmas theme.

One special Christmas movie made in 1954 is a true classic and favorite. Another museum ‘Upcountry History Museum’ is having a special exhibit just on ‘White Christmas’ movie marking its 66th anniversary. The exhibit will have authentic items used in the filming. This museum is in Greenville, South Carolina.

A favorite is the lace turquoise dresses worn by Vern-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney as they sing ‘Sisters’, an all-time favorite song. Also, all types of props used in the movie are on display.

Here are some interesting facts:

Bing Crosby first sang ‘White Christmas’ in the movie ‘Holiday Inn’ in 1942.

The newest process for a film was VistaVision-Studio of Paramount’s then-brand-new process of projecting on a wide, flat-screen. The result was better pictorial quality and better on-screen colors.

Actress Vern-Ellen, one of the sisters, was not a singer. When it appears she is singing it is really Rosemary Clooney’s voice.

Vern-Ellen was a great dancer, she first started in the Radio City Rockettes.

The ladies’ costumes were designed by the famed designer Edith Head.

Vern-Ellen always loved to wear a high neckline, a choker or scarf around her neck. So look at the movie, you do not see her neck?

The movie made $12 million in the theaters, a top-earner in 1954. Compare to the more recent movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey, it made $260 million.

So if you have not seen the movie, make a point to do so, anytime during the holiday season. Also, ask relative when they first saw the movie or how been many times, over what period of time. Might learn some new information, such your grandparents had their first date going to the theater to view this movie.

Photos: Poster for the “White Christmas” movie and the exhibit with a dress worn by Rosemary Clooney.

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