But is that okay? Funny you should mention Keaton, Doug. If you think we should add a song to the list, be sure to comment it in at the bottom of the page. But the song is awful, the orchestration cutesy and overbearing, and Danny Kaye so smarmy that my dinner may emigrate. Ah! even more utilitarian and powerful. [2] Why show children this crap? Email us. Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, with Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, and Walter Abel. Dinner is always endangered by Danny Kaye. Your email address will not be published. Company on Amazon Music. Santa & The Dance Squad on Amazon Music. Or to keep it anonymous, click here. One of many army-centric numbers repurposed for White Christmas. Minstrel shows and blackface arose first among white performers in the 1830s and involved those white performers painting their faces in caricatures of black slaves. If you ask me what movie I put on first thing in December to get in the holiday spirit I’ll tell you right away that it’s White Christmas. starring Bing Crosby, … I can’t dance at all and I’m mostly white. White Christmas is just a fun movie, and I highly recommend it for holiday viewing. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.. Directed by Michael Curtiz. He came up in the teens, garnering success as a songwriter and served in the army, writing songs for all-soldier revues during World War I (we’ll come back to that). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOTWN8apuA8. one Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. Well, that was before he had ever heard of talking pictures or contemplated Al Jolson (who gets a shoutout in White Christmas) singing about a “Mamie” on screen, but blackface and minstrelry were part of his cultural vocabulary so much even then that he wrote several numbers for his all-soldier army revue that were either about or influenced by minstrel shows and one of those songs was “Mandy” and the so-called “Minstrel Number” that eventually made it into White Christmas nearly four decades later. Thanks for the great stories and “go Clementine ” The “choreography ” number is poking fun at Martha Graham and her technique. Did they remove it with CGI? White Christmas is a classic movie that I love and its music is iconic in many ways. Most of the songs were not written for the movie, and it’s just a tour through decades of Irving Berlin’s music, including many songs he wrote when he was in the army because White Christmas is about a pair of WWII veterans. The worst offender by far though it the super-racist “Abraham” number which is about Lincoln freeing the slaves. The number is not only performed by Bing Crosby in blackface (along with the band and dancers), there’s a section where the Mamie character (that’s her actual character name!) And, just now, as I was putting her to bed, she told me that she thought she’d like to take a modern dance class. With dancer and wife, Tybee Arfa (1932–1982) , he formed the dance team Brascia and Tybee , which, beginning in 1957, began appearing as the opening act for artists like Frank Sinatra , Lena Horne , Tony Martin and George Burns , among others. The racist parts of it aren’t there. }. For a reminder of the beauty of deadpan, some Keaton! Bob Fosse did some of the choreography as well but wasn't credited. White Christmas (1954) - … But that’s because White Christmas is a showcase for Berlin songs that were sort of stitched together from everywhere, including other far more problematic properties. We actually hear “Abraham” only in an instrumental version as Vera Ellen dances her tail off. White Christmas has endured recordings by various artists — there are over 500 known versions! We began watching Go West. The same goes for Irving Berlin himself, who was part of a larger American cultural tradition that was suffused with racism, and he did his part both to perpetuate and subvert it. Christmas trees were banned by President Teddy Roosevelt in the White House in 1901 because the President was concerned about the environmental effects, but his sons decorated a small tree cut on the White House grounds and hid it in a closet until Christmas morning. While Minstrel shows themselves fell out of popularity in the 20th century, blackface persisted and so did the many tropes and stereotypes from those minstrel days, such as “Mamie” characters, or the visuals of a black or blackface character wearing white gloves (see: Mickey Mouse). Raised the son of a synagogue cantor, Jewish music was a huge influence on his early life and music. But it always matters. The shapes and costume, are pulled right from Graham’s choreography. See more ideas about white christmas, vintage dance, 1950s dance. Have a tip or story idea? It was during the Abe Lincoln song, right? show her any of rosas danst rosas! The 1954 musical is a classic for a host of reasons: the sparkling dialogue, the incredible dances with Vera Ellen, the comedy of Danny Kaye, the fantastic costumes by Edith Head, and the indelible voices of Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Now, back to White Christmas. People who faced discrimination themselves – antisemitism in the case – still engaged in racist things, like blackface. The way “Blue Skies” sounds, according to musical historians, was clearly “Jewish” to many listeners in the 20s, but it still became a hit. She's a trained lawyer and opera singer as well as a mom and author. http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=543803. “Blue Skies” in particular only gained racist associations with blackface after it became popular. Christmas is celebrated by Christians marking the birth of Christ. The idea to make a movie based on the song “White Christmas” itself, which already had been featured in a movie, might have been a cash grab that came from the fact that the song became such a touchstone for soldiers serving in World War II (Bing Crosby talks about how singing it for the troops was a deeply emotional experience, one that’s recaptured in the film). Required fields are marked *. 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