Akron has recently been hit hard by lake effect snow in the past twenty-four hours, and though it has come early this year, it looks like it is staying for a bit. There are a lot of people in the Northeastern part of this state of Ohio who grimace at the fact they have to pull out their shovels, check the city’s snow removal programs, and pull out their winter gear. Snow usually brings this kicked-in-the-face misery every year whenever the snow falls. In light of this “tradition,” the author is reminded about a movie that thinks otherwise of such chilly precipation, 1954’s White Christmas.
White Christmas is a film about two ex-GIs who after World War II, become successful musical revue performers/directors/choreogrpahers/ producers, played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, who meet up with a sister act, played by Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney (George’s aunt) after their show closes in Florida, and the end up on the same train and are convinced through romance and guilt to go up to Vermont for a couple of days for the snow, as advertised. They get more than they bargain for when they show up in Vermont, and there is no snow. To add to that, they meet up with their former general, played by Dean Jagger, who retired before their unit returned home before battle, who runs a run-down inn in Vermont who can barely make ends meet. So, by means of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in the thrities, they decide to put on a show! The author will not reveal the ending to you, nor will he assume that you have seen it or not, but let’s just say, snow does enter the picture the most magical of ways that movies had at the time.
We watch this every year, it plays on the television constantly, yet amidst the shoveling, snow trucks, and winter gear, we complain, and complain and complain. In the movie, the snow only falls after the act of kindness for the general has been committed, on Christmas Eve no less. Ideally, people want snow to only fall on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but reality merrily makes its way into weathered existence and we must put up with it. Well, if snow was needed to make this movie classic and help make it a holiday institution as traditional as egg nog and hot buttered rum then maybe we need to give snow a second chance.
Without snow, we would not have much of a holiday. Without snow, we would not have all the holiday movies that show this time of year on our televisions. Without snow, we would not have the warmth of family and friends to celebrate with. Without snow, children would not be allowed to express themselves and their imaginations in the snow. Next time you watch this movie, think about snow’s necissity this season.