1950 – Mr. Music

Mr. Music (1950, Paramount)

As “Paul Merrick”

Cast: Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn, Robert Stack, Groucho Marx, Peggy Lee.

Director: Richard Haydn

Producer: Robert L. Welch

Screenwriter: Arthur Sheekman

Summary: An easy-going vehicle for crooner Crosby as a Broadway songwriter who wants to live the easy life. Essentially a remake of “Accent on Youth.”

Featured Songs:

  • “Life is So Peculiar”
  • “High on the List”
  • “Wouldn’t It Be Funny”
  • “Wasn’t I There?”
  • “Mr. Music”
  • “Once More the Blue and White”
  • “Milady”
  • “Then You’ll Be Home”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042753/

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1960 – High Time

High Time (1960, 20th Century Fox, color)

As “Harvey Howard”

Cast: Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Nicole Maurey, Richard Beymer, Yvonne Craig

Director: Blake Edwards

Producer: Charles Brackett

Screenwriters: Tom Waldman & Frank Waldman – based on a story by Garson Kanin.

Score: Henry Mancini

Summary: Bing plays Harvey Howard, the millionaire owner of a chain of restaurants and a widower, who resumes a college career, much to the chagrin of his snooty adult son & daughter. Sparks fly with a particular instructor (Nicole Maurey) and Harvey manages to become big-man-on-campus, while learning – and teaching – a thing or two along the way!

Featured Songs:

“The Second Time Around”
“You Tell Me Your Dream”
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear’

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053912/

1960 – Let’s Make Love

Let’s Make Love (1960, 20th Century Fox, color)

Cameo appearance as himself

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand

Director: George Cukor

Producer: Jerry Wald

Screenplay: Norman Krasna

Summary: A billionaire hears of a show spoofing him and wants to stop it, then meets the star. To charm her, he hires Crosby to teach him to sing.

Featured Songs:

  • “Incurably Romantic”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054022/

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1950 – Riding High

Riding High (1950, Paramount)

As “Dan Brooks”

Cast: Colleen Gray, Charles Bickford, William Demarest, Frances Gifford, Gene Lockhart

Director/Producer: Frank Capra

Screenwriters: Robert Riskin, Melville Shavelson & Jack Rose

Summary: A musical remake of “Broadway Bill” under the direction of Frank Capra. Crosby is a racehorse owner whose nag has yet to come through.

Featured Songs:

  • “Sunshine Cake”
  • “The Horse Told Me”
  • “Sure Thing”
  • “Some Place on Anywhere Road”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042893/

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1951 – Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield (1951, MGM)

Cameo appearance

Cast: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn.

Director/Producer: Clarence Brown

Screenwriters: Dorothy Kingsley & George Wells

Summary: Cute comedy-fantasy with… a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates whose hard-luck team goes on a winning streak thanks to some heavenly intervention; cameos by Crosby and other celebrities from the world of baseball and show business.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043286/

1960 – Pepe

Pepe (1960, Columbia, color)

Cameo appearance.

Cast: Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

Director/Producer: George Sidney

Screenwriters: Dorothy Kingsley & Claude Binyon

Summary: The first featured role for International star, Cantiflas – Mario Moreno, who portrays a ragamuffin ranch hand who raises a white stallion, Don Juan, from a colt and he thinks of as his son. When the horse is sold at auction to a Hollywood writer/director (Dan Dailey), Pepe follows his stallion to Hollywood where his paths cross with a parade of Hollywood glitterati.

Featured Songs:

  • “Pennies From Heaven
  • “Lets Fall In Love”
  • “South of the Border”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054172/

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1951 – Here Comes the Groom

Here Comes the Groom (1951, Paramount)

As “Pete Garvey”

Cast: Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton.

Director/Producer: Frank Capra

Songwriters: Virginia Van Epp, Liam O’Brien & Myles Connelly from a story by Robert Riskin & Liam O’Brien

Summary: Crosby contrives to keep former fiancée from marrying millionaire Tone in this in this lightweight musical outing. Guest appearances by Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Lamour, Phil Harris and Cass Daley, plus Oscar-winning song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.”

Featured Songs:

  • “Your Own Little House”
  • “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”
  • “Misto Cristofo Columbo”
  • “Oh Promise Me”
  • Bonne Nuit”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043633/

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1962 – The Road to Hong Kong

The Road to Hong Kong (1962, United Artists)

As “Harry Turner”

Cast: Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Morley

Director: Norman Panama

Producer: Melvin Frank

Screenplay – Norman Panama & Melvin Frank

Summary: The seventh of the Bing and Bob ‘Road’ pictures and the first without Dorothy Lamour in the feminine lead, though she appears in a lesser role. Bing & Bo are con men who become involved in international intrigue and space travel.

Featured Songs:

  • “Teamwork”
  • “Road To Hong Kong”
  • “Let’s Not Be Sensible”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056417/

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