When you mention Holiday Inn or White Christmas, you seem to always find people who are confused and think that they are the same movie. They are not. They are, however, a nearly perfect combination of movies for a Christmas double-feature and that’s how they play in this reviewer’s home several times during the Christmas season.
Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby), Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire) and Lila Dixon (Marjorie Reynolds) are a three-person nightclub act. But, Hardy is ready to leave the road and settle down to a relaxing lifestyle – so, he purchases a farm in the town of Midville, Connecticut and leaves the act. He’s under the impression that Dixon and he are engaged and that she will be coming with him.
Early on though, he finds out that she and Hanover are also an item and that she has no desire to abandon her career as an entertainer. So, Hardy leaves the act and becomes a farmer.
It doesn’t take long for him to find out that he miscalculated what life would be like on a farm and he ends up having a nervous breakdown.
When he recovers, he comes up with a new idea – convert his large farmhouse into an inn and open only on holidays. He gives his business card to his old manager (Walter Abel) who then quickly hands it off to a young girl in a flower store (Marjorie Reynolds) in order to placate her when she recognizes him as an agent and tries to get him to “give her a chance.”
That’s where the adventure begins, and it is an adventure all the way to the finish.
Holiday Inn is a romantic musical comedy and this reviewer ranks it high as one of the best Christmas movies ever made. As previously mentioned, this movie back-to-back with White Christmas will make for a great evening of holiday entertainment.