Most of her singing parts were dubbed by a woman named Trudy Stevens. Vera-Ellen's own voice was used once — when the foursome got off the train in Vermont, and they broke out in the "Snow" song all over again.
Vera-Ellen certainly had the moves. Rosemary Clooney, however, couldn't dance. She said, "They could dub Vera's voice, but they couldn't dub my dancing."
Both singing parts were performed by Rosemary Clooney. Later, when Rosemary released the song, she recorded it with her real-life sister, Betty Clooney.
The guys were just monkeying around, and the scene ended up in the film.
He was the No. 1 choice, but he backed out after reading the script.
They used a shot of actor Carl Switzer, otherwise known as Alfalfa in The Little Rascals.
The film was released in 1954, and it wasn't until 1959 that Alaska was admitted as a state.
The character of Bob came up with some doozies, and they weren't scripted — that was all Bing Crosby and the way he talked in real life. At one point, he referred to Phil as a "weirdsmobile."
He was missing his family back East and feeling nostalgic about being away over the holidays for work.
"White Christmas" won as Original Song when it debuted in the film Holiday Inn in 1942.
The song was "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep."
It was Casablanca.
The lead was George Chakiris, who went on to win his own Oscar for Supporting Actor as Bernardo in West Side Story.
Because she was under contract with another recording company at the time, they used Peggy Lee's voice for the soundtrack.
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And it was all improvised.
Why? Because the king and queen of Greece visited the set and the producer wanted to give them a show. Bing had already cut out to go catch a golf game.
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