What could put you in the holiday spirit faster than watching "White Christmas" on the big screen?
For many an East Tennessee family, it's an annual tradition to launch Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.
"White Christmas" will be shown twice at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville — at 8 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under and for seniors over 60. Tickets are on sale now at the Tennessee Theatre's Clinch Avenue box office and online at www.tennesseetheatre.com.
The 1954 musical film features the songs of Irving Berlin. Film buffs will note this trivia: "White Christmas" is considered the first major film to be released in VistaVision, a wide-screen process developed by Paramount Pictures.
The story line goes like this: It's shortly after World War II, and song and dance men Bob Wallace (Crosby) and Phil Davis (Kaye) — buddies during the war — form a successful partnership, eventually becoming top Broadway producers.
The nightclub act by the Haynes sisters, Betty (Clooney) and Judy (Ellen), moves to a small Vermont inn. Imagine the producers' surprise when they learn that their old commanding officeris the owner.
So the foursome comes up with a plan to help out the Old Man— with music and romance on the side.
News Sentinel staff
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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