Since I am stretching myself this Christmas and trying to see some holiday movies I haven’t seen before, I watched “Holiday Inn” today. I believe I have seen parts of it before, but never the whole movie.
What I took from it was that Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire finally learned that manipulating a woman to win her is not cool! They fought over the same women all movie long. If one wanted her, the other wanted her. Usually it was Fred Astaire, scheming to take away Bing Crosby’s newest love. But Bing did plenty of manipulation of his own, trying to keep Fred from taking away his girlfriends!!!
When once Bing backed off and gave a woman the freedom to walk out of his life, he wound up winning back the woman he loved. Tellingly, he was the first to the altar of the two (we presume, from the ending of the movie . . .).
This movie reinforces the idea that love of a human being can easily become idolatry (of self or of that other person). Even though the movie was not meant to teach Christian theology, it was made in a simpler time when such lessons often came just by being part of the society back then.
People are not possessions. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire learn that in “Holiday Inn.” Have we?