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Date Posted:12/06/2021 01:29:30Copy HTML

Hi Chip,

I've got a movie scene stuck in my memory, but can't figure out which movie it appeared in. I thought it was in Holiday Inn, but I'm not sure.  I figured that there's one person in the world who would be able to tell me.

What I recall is black & white aerial crane shot of Bing Crosby in what I think was the set for the Holiday Inn hotel.  As the camera rises higher and higher you begin to see around the edges of the frame that you are looking at a set on a sound stage. and you can see lights and studio equipment.

Does this scene actually exist in a movie, or did I just dream it?

Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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Re:Holiday Inn Scene that Shows Set on Sound Stage?

Date Posted:12/06/2021 02:24:41Copy HTML

Yes Will, Holiday Inn is correct. It's the scene at the end of the picture where Bing Crosby (as Jim Hardy) visits the movie studio set in Hollywood where the girl he loves, Marjorie Reynolds (as Linda Mason), is filming a movie about the inn that Bing started in Connecticut.

It's kind of a "movie inside a movie," because that set at the end of the picture is the same set where the earlier portions of the film were shot. The studio, by the way, was Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

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Re:Holiday Inn Scene that Shows Set on Sound Stage?

Date Posted:12/07/2021 09:20:41Copy HTML

Thanks, Chip!  I went to my neighborhood library and checked out a DVD of Holiday Inn watched that scene last night.  And, as is often the case, the scene as I remembered it turned out to be significantly different from the actual scene in the movie.  It seems my brain has a tendency to embellish my memories of favorite scenes from the movies I've seen.  So the scene as I recall it, exists only in my mind, like a dream. 

In the actual scene, we are shown a camera on a boom.  And in my memory I shifted the perspective of the viewer to the the point of view from that camera, which starts out from a close up of Bing Crosby sitting in the Holiday Inn by a piano, smoking his pipe, and then the camera begins to slowly float upward to an aerial view until the viewer is above the set and you can see the tops of the set walls and the walls of the studio beyond them and snow is falling all around and White Christmas is playing and then "The End" appears superimposed over the scene.

I really like my memory of the scene better than the actual scene that inspired it.  ;o)

Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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