Originally meant as a sort of spinoff to Holiday Inn, Danny Kaye’s part was supposed to be played by Fred Astaire. Good thing that never happened, though, because Danny Kaye is the best part of this movie.
Also, I may or may not be mildly obsessed with this film, seeing as how I watch it multiple times a day between Thanksgiving and December 25th.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Do not be discouraged if your spontaneous winter landscape sculptures made out of napkins do not look as good as the one in this movie.
This movie is about a man who was once a respected military general, but now an innkeeper on the verge of bankruptcy due to a lack of snow. He had dedicated his life to serving his country and building up the men he led into battle.
Now in the December of his life he is struggling to make ends meet. He tries to go back into the army, but is rejected because of his age. All he has left is this inn.
Unlike another inn where there was no room, this one sat discouragingly empty. That is, until two of his former soldiers decided to put their own holiday plans aside and serve someone in need. Their actions bring to mind the words of Spencer W. Kimball:
“God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other.”
They didn’t just bring their show, because they weren’t just saving his inn. They went a little further. They saved his sense of accomplishment and purpose. As Thomas S. Monson recently pointed out:
“We need to be told that we amount to something, that we are capable and worthwhile.”
In the end, what really made a difference was that these two men took the time to look at the talents and resources they were blessed with, then figured out what unique service only they could offer. That’s the best kind of service.
As Christmas draws closer, we would do well to consider our own blessings, as well as how we could be a blessing to others.
“And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?” – Alma 26:2