the genre: musical
the cast: Bing Crosby (Bob Wallace), Danny Kaye (Phil Davis), Vera-Ellen (Judy Haynes); Rosemary Clooney (Betty Haynes); Dean Jaggar (Major General Thomas F. Waverly); Mary Wickes (Emma Allen)
the plot: After serving together in WWII, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Phil plays matchmaker for Bob, and when they meet the beautiful Haynes sisters (Betty and Judy), who also have a song-and-dance act, Phil realizes they can't let the girls get away. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Bob and Phil follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
count: the number of children Bob would need to have (and spend 5 minutes with) in order for Phil to have 45 minutes all to himself.
don't miss: Phil's technique in keeping the General from watching the Ed Harrison Show.
check out: the guys' version of "Sisters." It wasn't originally in the script, but when the director saw Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye clowning around on the set, he thought it was so funny that it was written in.
listen for: "When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left."
extra bonus points: if you can name the two actors slated to play Phil Davis before Danny Kaye was asked.