The Chilling True Story Behind the deadly White Christmas film set

The Chilling True Story Behind the deadly White Christmas film set

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Several households like to watch the White Christmas movie, which is heralded as one of the ultimate festive classics. However, the old film sets of the Hollywood industry were not as good as now. White Christmas filmmakers posed a dangerous threat to the cast during filming in 1954. In this blog, we’ll share the reality of the scenes behind the deadly White Christmas set.

Facts About 'White Christmas' Film And Its Set

The White Christmas (1954) became one of the biggest money-making movies in the Hollywood industry. It streamed in the theatres in the fifty decade and became the highest-grossing musical of its time.

This iconic movie based on Christmas has the chilling true story behind the deadly scenes of their film sets. Starring Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye, the unique ideal movie hit theatres in the fifty decade with romance, comedy, and big musical numbers. Fans also liked its soundtrack by American composer Irving Berlin.

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The successful song-and-dance film was beloved by fans because of its true story. It reveals the story around the heartwarming tale of a bunch of friends who try to adjust their lives after the Second World War.

It’s based around two friends who try to save the failing Vermont inn, owned by their former commanding officer with a sister. In this movie, the backdrop for the iconic train station scene was covered by the 20th Century Fox lot, while the fictional town of Pine Tree was marked with idyllic scenes of snow. The producers, directors, and actors of this film used the fake snow on their set. But, they didn’t know at the time how potentially deadly the fake snow on their film set could be. Asbestos was often used to imitate real snow on film sets by filmmakers in the early twentieth century because this substance was waterproof, fireproof, easy to handle, and didn't melt.

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Then in the 1960 decade, it was found that asbestos was fully lethal and unsafe for the human body. The small fibers in asbestos are invisible to the naked eye, and promote many deadly illnesses, including lung cancer, laryngeal Cancer, and ovarian cancer. This substance has no safe level because its toxic mineral could have filled the lungs of filmmakers working on the film set.

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Then in 1989, asbestos-containing products were banned in America. Around the same time, the entire United Kingdom introduced initial bans on the different types of asbestos, like blue and brown. Then in 1999, asbestos-containing products were banned in the UK.

But, the White Christmas (1954) filmmakers didn’t know how potentially deadly the asbestos-containing set at this time could be. The 'Magic Mineral' is considered highly dangerous today and has been noted as being carcinogenic to humans.

The Chilling True Story Behind the deadly White Christmas film set