I know that May 29 may seem as an odd day to write a post about a Christmas movie. However, on May 29, 1942 the classic song White Christmas was recorded by Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra. This song would go on to become the best selling single in history. Irving Berlin’s classic song became a hit with the movie White Christmas in 1954.
Bob Wallace and Phil Davis are old army buddies. The two have spent their time since World War II ended performing in night clubs becoming well known performers. One night they make the acquaintance of two sisters. Judy and Betty Haynes end up taking Phil and Bob to Vermont with them to perform at an inn. Upon arriving at the inn they learn that their old army leader is running it. Sadly, the inn is not doing as well as they hoped. Learning that the man who they called Major General is falling upon financial ruin they decide to do something special. They start up a show to be performed around Christmas time. The two contact their friends at the Ed Sullivan Show in order to get their friends from the army up to Vermont. However, things go awry when Phil and Judy reveal a fake engagement in order to convince Bob and Betty to get together. This backfires with Betty accepting a job elsewhere leaving a distressed Judy and Phil to tell a furious Bob.When Bob heads down to the Ed Sullivan Show in New York in order to do his broadcast he contacts Betty who tells him that it was a fake engagement. Betty tells Bob that she will stay. When Bob does make his announcement, Phil and the staff make sure that the Major is no where near the television. After this Bob heads back to Vermont to organize the surprise with no Betty. When Christmas Eve approaches all of the members of the Army unit Phil and Bob were in they arrive. The Major is surprised and overwhelmed with joy at the presence of the men in his former unit. He tells them that he is grateful for them as this will be a Christmas Eve he will never forget. In the meantime, Betty arrives back in Vermont only to win over Bob’s heart again as they perform a dance together. As do Phil and Judy as the curtain closed to the classic song White Christmas.
It is sometimes hard to believe that a Christmas song is the best selling single in history. On May 29, 1942 this song was recorded by Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra. Irving Berlin’s classic song became a hit in the cinemas in 1954 in a movie by the same name of White Christmas.