White Christmas

White Christmas (1954)

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Corrected entry: Ever wonder why Vera-Ellen is always shown in the movie wearing a high collar dress/shirt/pajama top/etc.? She was suffering from premature aging effects (she was only 33 at the time) from what is believed to have been anorexia. It showed predominantly in her chest and neck - hence, the desire for her to have her neck covered.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: At the Academy Awards for the 1954 movies Vera-Ellen is in a evening dress which is completely opened in the front showing her neck no signs of anorexia. That was nothing more than a myth. It was her trademark to wear scarfs or high neck shirts or collars several necklaces around her neck.

Correction: Vera Ellen was a tall, willowy woman with a long, slender neck. Edith Head, the costume designer, likely designed the high collars to make Ellen's neck appear a bit shorter and fuller. In contrast, Rosemary Clooney had a curvier figure, a shorter, fuller neck, and mostly wore costumes with a v-shaped neckline, elongating her neck and torso and making her appear more proportional to Vera Ellen, who is playing her sister. These are common fashion techniques used to enhance or minimize women's physical traits.

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Corrected entry: When Bob and Phil sit down in the club car, Bob puts a suitcase down beside the table. When he gets up to tell the Haynes sisters off, the suitcase is not there.

Jimmy Short

Correction: It's there. Just look next to the first seat. It's moved back a little.

Corrected entry: When Wallace and Davis arrive at the night club to check out the Haynes Sisters' act, their only words to Novello, the maitre d', are to the effect of "We're here to catch the Haynes Sisters' act. Tell the girls we're here." However, when Novello goes to their dressing room, he says something like, "Wallace and Davis are out there to catch your act. Your brother Benny is an old Army buddy and wrote them a letter." How did he know? No one told him that.

Correction: He tells Luigi to "see these gentlemen to their table" He then follows behind Luigi who is following behind Wallace and Davis, he stops at the bottom of the stairs and talks to the first table, looks around and then, as the scene starts to dissolve into the next with Novello and the Haynes Sisters, he quickly heads straight for the table where Wallace and Davis are now seated and Luigi is handing them their menus. Novello stops next to Luigi at the table as if he is about to speak to Wallace and Davis some more, giving him more than enough opportunity to find out anything.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Wallace and Davis are performing the "Sisters" act, they are wearing bright blue sashes and headpieces. When they go back to the dressing room afterwards, the sashes, feathers and head pieces are gray.

Correction: This is simply not true. In fact, while there are some small shades of gray in the feathers on stage, all items listed clearly remain predominantly blue on stage, in transition to the dressing room and through the dressing room to the window where they escape.

Corrected entry: Wallace and Davis escape from the sister's show room, out of the window and get a cab. As they are in a rush they don't take anything with them. However, then at the station when catching the train they have all their luggage. How did they have time to get their luggage in such a rush?

Correction: The guys were at the nightclub where the girls are performing. Their luggage is most likely wherever they were staying.


Correction: Wallace and Davis are huge stars. Their plans were to leave by train that night, but first went to the nightclub to see the Hanes sisters' act. The stage employee who had gotten Wallace and Davis their train tickets and arranged their itinerary would also have had their luggage delivered to the train station. Once the luggage arrived, the porters would deliver it to their rooms.

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Corrected entry: When Bob and Phil sub in for the girls during their "Sisters" number at Novello's in Florida, they have only heard the song performed once and we are supposed to believe that they memorized all of the lyrics? Also, in the same scene, there is an "ooh!" after they sing the line "the same in the rain or sun." Obviously, the men are lip-syncing to a recording made by the Haynes Sisters, but the sisters' live performance did not contain the "ooh!" so how did Bob and Phil know to do this? (00:34:40)

Correction: They didn't just sing the song from memory. They found the record in the dressing room and listened to that a couple times. Remember the club owner was keeping the sheriff busy with a meal so Danny and Bing had time to hear the song a couple times and put together a quick bit of choreography.

Corrected entry: Vera-Ellen was a great dancer and decent actress. She couldn't sing well enough for the movie, though. All of her singing parts are dubbed with another singer's voice. In fact, her part in the song "Sisters" is actually sung by Rosemary Clooney - who sang both parts.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: Incorrect, a woman by the name of Trudy Stevens was the vocal dub for Vera Ellen.

The Sisters song was actually Rosemary Clooney who had sung both parts. For all the other songs it was Trudy Stevens. The only time Vera Ellen's voice is heard is when they got off the train, they all sung the first verse from the song Snow.

Continuity mistake: Opening scene, on the stage where Bing is singing next to the tree. There is no bench. Danny Kaye picks up the music-box he's been cranking to get it out of the way of the soldiers... And suddenly he has a bench to put it on.

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Question: What is the white drink the bartender makes on the train?

Answer: Orders a Malt just after Mary orders a lemonade.

Answer: It looks like a frozen daiquiri, a drink made with rum, lime juice, light syrup, and ice that is mixed in a blender to make it slushy.

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Answer: Definitely not a daiquiri. This looks like a shaken drink. Blended daiquiris were not a thing in the 50s.

The frozen daiquiri was invented sometime between the late 1920s and early 1930s by a Cuban bartender in Havana, using shaved ice and an electric blender. It was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and became popular in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, along with other tropical cocktails. Cuba and Cuban culture were fashionable during this era, at least until the Communist takeover. To clarify: the foursome have various beverages on their table (coffee, lemonade, a malted milkshake, and two other drinks). In the foreground, the bartender is pouring the slushy white drink mixture into four cocktail glasses sitting on the bar. That is when they sing, "Snow," and is what looks like frozen daiquiris. The scene is on YouTube.

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