1946 – Blue Skies

Blue Skies (1946, Paramount, color)

As “Johnny Adams”

Cast: Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy DeWolfe, Olga San Juan

Director: Stuart Heisler

Producer: Sol C. Heisler

Screenwriter: Arthur Sheekman

Summary: The talents from “Holiday Inn” return to the silver screen in this acclaimed musical. Crosby and Astaire play one-time show-biz partners whose rivalry is retold through a series of flashbacks set to another memorable Irving Berlin score.

Featured Songs:

  • “I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now”
  • “All By Myself”
  • “I’ll See You In Cuba”
  • “A Couple of Song and Dance Men”
  • “You Keep Coming Back Like a Song”
  • “Always”
  • “Blue Skies”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038370/

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1946 – Road to Utopia

Road to Utopia (1946, Paramount)

Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Douglas Dumbrille, Hillary Brooke, Jack LaRue.

Director: Hal Walker

Producer: Paul Jones

Screenwriters: Norman Panama & Melvin Frank

Summary: The fourth installment of the ‘Road’ pictures finds Bing and Bob in the Klondike with their usual quota of gags, supplemented by talking animals and Robert Benchley’s dry commentary. Mistaken identities, a gold-rush and romance all unfold in the frozen tundra of the Alaskan north and there’s plenty of fun to be had for Bing, Bob, and of course, Dorothy Lamour!

Featured Songs:

  • “Sunday, Monday Or Always”
  • “Goodtime Charlei”
  • “It’s Anybody’s Spring”
  • “Welcome To My Dream”
  • “Put It There Pal”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038032/

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1947 – My Favorite Brunette

My Favorite Brunette (1947, Paramount)

Cameo role as “Executioner”

Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

Director: Elliott Nugent

Producer: Daniel Dare

Screenwriters: Edmund Beloin & Jack Rose

Summary: Bob is a photographer mixed up with mobsters.
Bing’s fee for his cameo appearance in this film was donated directly to Gonzaga University at his request.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039645/

1947 – Road to Rio

Road to Rio (1947, Paramount)

As “Scat Sweeney”

Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen, Andrews Sisters.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Producer: Daniel Dare

Screenwriters: Edmund Beloin & Jack Rose

Summary: The fifth film in the “Road” series of films, Bing and Bob are a couple of itinerant musicians trying to wrestle beautiful Dorothy from a sinister hypnotizing aunt.

Featured Songs:

  • “Apalachicola, Fla”
  • “Swanee River”
  • “Carry me Back to Old Virginny”
  • “But Beatufiul”
  • “You Don’t Have to Know The Language” w/ The Andrew Sisters

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039776/

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1947 – Variety Girl

Variety Girl (1947, Paramount)

Cameo appearance

Cast: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, Bob Hope

Director: George Marshall

Producer: Daniel Dare

Screenwriters: Edmund Hartman , Frank Tashlin, Robert Welch & Monte Brice

Summary: A tribute to the Variety Club theatrical organizations of American which cared for under-privileged children, Hatcher and San Juan portray formerly adopted children who head for Hollywood, hoping for stardom. Hope and Crosby appear in a golfing scene – of course!

Featured Songs:

  • “Harmony”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039951/

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1947 – Welcome Stranger

Welcome Stranger (1947, Paramount)

As “Dr. James Pearson”

Cast: Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Wanda Hendrix, Frank Faylen

Director: Elliott Nugent

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Screenwriter: Frank Butler & Arthur Sheekman

Summary: Entertaining musical of Crosby filling in for a vacationing doctor in a small community who gets involved with a local girl in this lovely little town.

Featured Songs:

  • “Smile Right Back At The Sun”
  • “Country Style”
  • “My Heart Is A Hobo”
  • “As Long As I’m Dreaming”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039975/

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1948 – The Emperor Waltz

The Emperor Waltz (1948, Paramount, color))

As “Virgil Smith”

Cast: Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn.

Director: Billy Wilder

Producer: Charles Brackett

Screenwriters: Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder

Summary: An atypical musical set in Franz Joseph’s Austria at the turn of the previous century with Bing selling record players to royalty. After a variety of trials and tribulations, Crosby’s Virgil, Fontaine’s Countess — and Virgil’s scene-stealing dog Buttons — waltz their way to a happy ending. This distinctively enchanted fairy tale telling was an unusual light-hearted musical turn for director, Billy Wilder.

Featured Songs:

  • “”I Kiss Your Hand Madame”
  • “The Kiss In Your Eyes”
  • “Friendly Mountains”
  • “Get Yourself a Phonograph”
  • “The Emperor’s Waltz”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040317/

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1949 – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949, Paramount, color)

As “Hank Martin”

Cast: Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Sir Cedric Hardwick

Director: Tay Garnett

Producer: Robert Fellows

Screenwriter: Edmund Beloin

Summary: Mark Twain’s story becomes a carefree Crosby musical, with 20th Century mild-mannered auto mechanic Bing, transported into the Arthurian past and branded a wizard.

Featured Songs:

  • “Once and for Always”
  • “If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon”
  • “When Is Sometime”
  • “Busy Doing Nothing”
  • “Twixt Myself and Me”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041259/

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1949 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949, Walt Disney-RKO, color)

Narrator for the animated “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi & James Algar

Producer: Walt Disney Productions

Screenwriters: Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves

Summary: A highly entertaining animated doubleheader from Disney: A witty adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows”…and a broad, cartoony telling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with a genuinely scary climax, narrated (and sung) by Bing Crosby.

Featured Songs:

  • “Ichabod”
  • “Katrina”
  • “The Headless Horseman”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041094/