Episode 20: Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Is there a film genre for “problematic but charming”?

This week, Vinnie and Mike finally take in the seasonal classic HOLIDAY INN, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, with Windy as their native guide.

It’s a standard romantic comedy love triangle, except that one-third of the triangle is crooner¬†extraordinaire Bing, and another third is one of the best dancers of his (or any) era.

The plot serves mainly as a vehicle to get from one Irving Berlin song to the next, but along the way you get gowns by Edith Head, and snappy banter courtesy of Claude Binyon.


You also get one of the most infamous blackface numbers still remembered today, as well as troubling gender politics, and even a bit of jingoistic war propaganda.¬† Because that’s what the holidays are all about!

There’s so much that is delightful – and there’s so much that should be seen and not forgotten – that you should take some time out to watch HOLIDAY INN.

Holiday Inn

Bing is giving some side-eye to the film tropes of 1941

Marilyn singing “Lazy”

Holiday Inn (1942)
Holiday Inn poster Rating: 7.3/10 (17,586 votes)
Director: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen
Writer: Claude Binyon, Elmer Rice, Irving Berlin
Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Released: 04 Sep 1942
Plot: At an inn which is open only on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

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