12 Days Of Christmas: Day 6 Chris Faers December 15, 2021 Features 2303 The â€˜No-Brainerâ€™ Christmas Film White Christmas (1954) Considering the title alone, itâ€™s of little surprise to see this yuletide musical make the cut. While Irving Berlinâ€™s 1942 hit â€˜Holiday Innâ€™ is worth a mention, being the first film to include the iconic song â€˜White Christmasâ€™, it has not aged well and is tainted by a somewhat racist streak. Berlinâ€™s later film is the superior effort, full of charm, whimsy, and great songs backed up with wonderfully staged choreography. Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye), two soldiers who have gone onto become entertainment sensations after the World War II, receive a letter asking them to watch an act made up of Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen). Once having seen the sisters, circumstances lead to all four ending up in a Vermont ski lodge where romance, misunderstandings and more ensue. The bulk of the film plays out like any other musical, but once proceedings finally turn festive, White Christmas is basically a living, breathing Christmas card; one of those picturesque ones you would get from your Grandparents as a kid. Despite itâ€™s obvious stage-setting you associate with studio musicals of the period, it perfectly encapsulates that preconception we all have when thinking of this time of year, even in its pre-Christmas build-up. Admittedly, the film doesnâ€™t live up to the hype, with many who havenâ€™t seen the film assuming itâ€™s a full-blown explosion-in-a-Christmas-shop, but what it largely lacks in visuals, it makes up for with itâ€™s mawkish yet enjoyable tone, enchanting cast, entertaining story and overall charm. The four principles do a great job of simply being likable throughout, seeing them all interact and plot with each other, with Danny Kaye as a personal standout. Kaye manages to give us a fun character to watch as he devises plans with Ellenâ€™s Judy, stumbles through embarrassing conversations, remarks and situations, tinkers with love and cheekily schemes in the nicest possible way. Itâ€™s all very innocent and plays at an enjoyable pace with songs and routines that are a pleasure to see and hear; a true testament to Berlinâ€™s song writing, considering he gets top billing despite not directing or writing the story. When it comes down it, any festive film that centres round a Christmas song as timeless as â€˜White Christmasâ€™ is worthy of anyoneâ€™s time. Itâ€™s a no-brainer Christmas film, but not necessarily for the reasons youâ€™ll assume.