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Holiday Inn


Nov 26, 1942

Latest Home Video

Oct 07, 2014

MPAA Rating

Not Rated


Mark Sandrich


Bing Crosby
Fred Astaire
Marjorie Reynolds


1942 Paramount Pictures

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After being jilted in love, Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) turns a charming country estate into a Holiday Inn, hosting dance and musical extravaganzas to celebrate each season.

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Why Is Holiday Inn Rated Not Rated?

Holiday Inn is rated Not Rated

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Overall: B
After the break up of his engagement, a disillusioned singer/songwriter retires to the country where he tries to make a living running a dinner club called the Holiday Inn... but distance doesn’t prevent him form being caught in another love triangle. Featuring dance and musical numbers for every occasion on the American calendar, the film introduced the Irving Berlin classic, White Christmas.

Violence: B+
In comedic fashion, a man falls down while carrying firewood, pitching hay, attempting to hang a sign and trying to catch piglets. An angry man rips his feather pillow and blanket in mock frustration. Three bottles of peach preserves explode. Two cars sink after being driven into a stream, no injury implied but a woman is dropped into the water while being carried to shore. Some patriotic war footage is shown. Man is locked in a closet. Two men escape from a locked room by climbing down a rope made of bed sheets.

Sexual Content: A-
Male character helps a female character do up the neck hook on the back of her dress.
Couples kiss on a few occasions. Lyrics of a song refer to a woman as a “Hotty Totty”. A child is dressed as the New Year wears only a diaper. Some of the dancers wear dresses with low bodices, or show lots of leg.

Language: A
One character uses the expression “son of a gun.”

Alcohol / Drug Use: C
Both male main characters are shown smoking pipes and cigarettes. A character turns to alcohol when his heart is broken: he is portrayed as drunken, and later as suffering from a hangover. A female patron slurs her words when drunk.

Miscellaneous Concerns:
A character lacks commitment to the promises of marriage that she makes. Passing remarks are made about recovering from a mental break down. One dance number is done “black-faced”, and African Americans are referred to as “darkies” in the lyrics of a song. The Inn’s domestic staff is a black woman and her two children.

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Bing Crosby also starred in the 1954 remake of this film entitled… White Christmas (named after the signature song which appears in both movies.) If you love Hollywood musicals, then be sure to check out Singin’ in the Rain.


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Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
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Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Details on home video releases of Holiday Inn...

Home Video Notes: Holiday Inn
Release Date: 7 October 2014
Holiday Inn releases to home video (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) with the following extras:
- Digital Copy of Holiday Inn (Subject to expiration.)
- UltraViolet (Subject to expiration.)
- A Couple of Song and Dance Men
- All-Singing All-Dancing
- Feature Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes Including Archive Audio Comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter
- Theatrical Trailer
- Coloring a Classic

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