let’s have a moment for vera ellen as judy haynes in white christmas, shall we? the dance dynamo-half of the haynes sisters (betty haynes is played by rosemary clooney, who brings the pipes), judy is sassy, scheming, naive, one hell of a dancer, and hands-down wears the most drool-worthy outfits. i used to be convinced she was missing a rib or two, but i read recently she was battling anorexia at the time, which is why all her costumes were turtlenecks. so sad, but despite this struggle, she is just smashing.
here she is performing “sisters,” apparently the only song the haynes sisters knew (?)
the best things happen while you’re dancing, including a pink chiffon dream…
vermont-bound, in the dining car (witness: nonexistent waist)
i danced for 20-odd years. never saw anyone tap her toe at the speed vera ellen does in “choreography.” she just kills it.
“looks like it’s absolutely necessary.” i wish i could get my hands on this sweater today!
this unnamed dance number is sort of thrown in there but just phenomenal. i generally have to rewind and watch twice it’s so good.
dreaming of a white christmas finale