1945 – Out of This World

Out of This World (1945, Paramount)

As the singing voice for star Eddie Bracken, “a Crosby-like crooner.”

Cast: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Diana Lynn.

Director: Hal Walker

Producer: Sam Coslow

Screenwriter: Walter De Leon & Arthur Phillips

Summary: Bracken portrays a shy Western Union messenger who accidently becomes a pop crooner with a very familiar-sounding voice. Bing never appears and is credited as “Eddie Bracken’s songs are sung by a great friend of his and yours.” Bracken also turns to the camera in the final scene and says, “Thanks, Bing!”

Featured Songs:

  • “Out Of This World”
  • “June Comes Around Every Year”
  • “I’d Rather Be Me”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037964/

1945 – The Bells of St. Mary’s

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945, Rainbow-RKO)

As “Father Chuck O’Malley”

Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll.

Summary: An amiable sequel to “Going My Way” with Bing’s Father O’Malley assigned to a run-down parish where Bergman is the Mother Superior. This film held a number of Academy Award nominations including Bing as Best Actor in his return to Leo McCary’s warmhearted direction of Father ‘Chuck’ O’Malley

Featured Songs:

  • “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?”
  • “The Bells of St. Mary’s”
  • “In the Land of Beginning Again”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037536/

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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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