The New Pictures, Aug. 31, 1942

Holiday Inn (Paramount). This first cinema conjunction of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire is a box-office bargain—an effervescent musical, spiced with 13 pleasant Irving Berlin melodies. It is whipped into expert froth by Producer-Director Mark Sandrich, maker of most of the Astaire-Rogers musicals.

Few cinemactors appear to take more pains than Hoofer Astaire, less pains than Crooner Crosby. Result: Crosby's easy, casual banter is just the right foil for Astaire's precision acrobatics, his wry, offbeat humor.

Five years ago Holiday Inn was a musical note in Songsmith Berlin's melodious mind. He wanted...