WHITE CHRISTMAS at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning
“I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow!”
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at The Hi-pointe Theater here in St. Louis. IT”S A WONDERFUL LIFE played last weekend to a nearly-sold out crowd – and that’s a big theater! They just showed BLACK CHRISTMAS there a couple of weeks ago and now they’re showing WHITE CHRISTMAS which actually has more in common with TOP HAT which played as part of The Hi-Pointe’s 90th birthday celebration recently as they both have songs by Irving Berlin.
BLACK CHRISTMAS had no songs by Irving Berlin!
WHITE CHRISTMAS was made in 1954 (exactly 20 years before BLACK CHRISTMAS!) and was directed by Michael Curtiz. Bing Crosby teamed up with madcap funny man Danny Kaye and partnering with those two show biz pros as sisters were Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. One of the most popular films of 1954, WHITE CHRISTMAS opens and closes with the title song, while in between it’s filled with one great musical number after another. Crosby and Kaye play entertainers who went through W.W.II together and decide to host a fundraising event at the Vermont Lodge of their old commanding officer Dean Jagger. Apparently, Jagger’s lodge isn’t doing great business and is about to close. A high profile fund raising event is just the ticket to draw national attention to Jagger’s Vermont lodge and thereby, save the day! Not real complex plotting but watch it instead for the fifties fluff, lots of Technicolor being splashed about, each of the performers getting to do their schtick, and course, the required holiday finale at the end of the movie. And who can forget that dead girl in the attic with that plastic bag over her head (wait – I’m getting it confused with BLACK CHRISTMAS again!)
WHITE CHRISTMAS is the third and final film of Hi-Pointe’s Classic Christmas Film Series (after BELLS OF ST. MARY’S and IT”S A WONDERFUL LIFE) This Saturday morning (December 22nd), you and your family will have the opportunity to see WHITE CHRISTMAS on the big screen when it plays at 10:30am at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe.
Admission is just $5.
Hi-Pointe Theatre is located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117
Showtime Line: (314) 995-6273