Snowy Vermont — Holiday Keepsake Art
- Did you know White Christmas was the biggest hit of 1954?
- Where you aware the song White Christmas was already a hit BEFORE the movie was made?
- Have you every tried to look up Pine Tree, Vermont on a map?
White Christmas is considered one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. The star-studded cast is packed with several favorites from the era, like Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. What's more, the film introduced to the world a number of catchy sing-along tunes, including The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing, and Snow. Not to mention, the hit holiday song White Christmas.
"Who's going to Vermont? We are. I mean, we should. All that snow and the fir trees and the clean fresh air and... Great change of pace, just what we need." — White Christmas, 1954
Behind this Christmas movie are some super interesting facts that are bound to make you love this holiday classic even more than you already do.
Many folks assume that the titular track White Christmas originally came from the movie with the same name. In reality though, Bing Crosby first performed the tune 13 years before White Christmas came out, on the radio. Then, he sang it in Irving Berlin's 1942 classic, Holiday Inn, as well as Blue Skies in 1946. Still, most will agree the White Christmas movie version is the one they remember best.
At the time White Christmas was produced, film was having to increasingly compete with television for the attention of the American public, and this meant numerous theatrical upgrades were deployed to lure people to go to the movies. This included the use of bold colors on the movie screen (at a time when television was still a black and white medium), as well as a emphasizing the big in big-screen. White Christmas was envisioned as a Technicolor showcase, but it also became the first film to be released in Paramount’s new widescreen format, VistaVision.
A NIGHT AT THE IMPROV
Bing Crosby improvised much of his own dialog. By the time White Christmas came along, Bing Crosby was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, a veteran singer and actor who could pack audiences in and demand respect on the Paramount Pictures lot. This meant his job came with a lot of perks, including the opportunity to improvise much of his dialogue on the fly. As co-star Rosemary Clooney recalled, when Bob Wallace used phrases like “slam-bang finish,” it was often because these were favorite slang Crosby liked to use everyday. Clooney also recalled Crosby’s quick whit when his character and hers meet in the Columbia Inn lounge for sandwiches and buttermilk. The dialog was largely made up by Crosby on the spot, faux German accent and all.
General Waverly's Columbia Inn is set in the fictional location of Pine Tree, Vermont. Fictional, as in it doesn't exist on any map. The sets used in White Christmas for the Columbia Inn can actually be seen a decade before in Holiday Inn. The set on the Paramount lot was later refurbished for the snowy White Christmas.
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White Christmas was released in the fall of 1954 and, with the power of Berlin’s songs and the stunning Technicolor images projected in VistaVision widescreen quickly became a hit for Paramount. The film was the highest-grossing movie of 1954 with a box office take of $12 million.
This Museum-quality art print inspired by the snowy pine trees of Vermont's ski country is illustrated by artist: Brian Miller (Star Wars, The X-Files, Doctor Who) and produced on heavy matte, acid-free, archival paper. Available exclusively from Oktopolis.
Order today and dream of a White Christmas every time you gaze upon this vintage style travel poster style artwork in your home.
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