Holiday InnBy Jane Louise Boursaw
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Release Date: 1942
Running Time: 100 min.
Kaboose Review: Okay, so this movie isn’t just about Christmas, but it’s one of the holidays that Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) celebrates at his New England inn. Fed up after being dumped by his dance partner, Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale), he opts for a low-key life in the country. But when Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) enters the picture, he’s thrown into a love triangle with dancer Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire). This feel-good movie harks back to a time when men wore hats and women could truly dance in high heels. It also has one of the best dance numbers in the history of cinema, with Astaire dancing his drunken socks off. When my son turned five, he would clamor for this movie during the Christmas season - thanks to a few wacky hijinks like the dance scene and an old-fashioned car speeding into the middle of a small lake. Overall, though, I’d say this movie is great for kids 8 and up. Anyone younger might get restless during the long musical numbers.
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Cast: Bing Crosby (Jim Hardy), Fred Astaire (Ted Hanover), Marjorie Reynolds (Linda Mason), Virginia Dale (Lila Dixon)