1957 – Man on Fire

Man on Fire (1957, MGM)

As “Earl Carleton”

Cast: Inger Stevens, E.G. Marshall, Mary Fickett, Malcolm Broderick.

Director: Ranald MacDougall

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Screenwriter: Ranald MacDougall

Summary: Divorced father Earl Carleton (Crosby) refuses to grant his re-married ex-wife (Inger Stevens) partial custody of their son.

Featured Song:

  • “Man On Fire”


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1959 – Say One for Me

Say One for Me (1959, 20th Century Fox, color)

As “Father Conroy”

Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Ray Walston, Frank McHugh.

Director/Producer: Frank Tashlin

Screenwriter: Robert O’Brien

Summary: Bing’s third performance as a priest at a Catholic church whose parish is in the theatrical heart of New York – Broadway. Father Conroy (Crosby) gets entwined within the lives of his parishioners including a chorus girl (Debbie) and a would-be, slightly shady impresario (Wagner) as they try to put on a TV charity show.

Featured Songs:

  • “Say One For Me”
  • “I Couldn’t Care Less”
  • “The Secret of Christmas”


1940 – If I Had My Way

If I Had My Way (1940, Universal)

As “Buzz Blackwell”

Cast: Gloria Jean, Charles Winninger, El Brendel, Alyson Joslyn.

Director / Producer: David Butler

Screenwriters: William Conselman & James V. Kern from a story of David Butler, William Conselman & James V. Kern.

Summary: A heartwarming Crosby vehicle in which bridge-worker Bing helps an orphaned little Gloria find her rightful guardian. A colorful cast of character actors and vaudevillian performers round out this charming film, showcasing Bing’s talents for working with young people.

Featured Songs:

  • ”Meet The Sun Halfway”
  • “I Haven’t Time To Be a Millionaire”
  • “Pessimistic Character”
  • “If I Had My Way”
  • “April Played The Fiddle”


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1940 – Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River (1940, Paramount)

As “Bob Sommers”

Cast: Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant, William Frawley

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Producer: William Le Baron

Screenwriter: Dwight Taylor from a story by Willy Wilder & Jacques Thery

Summary: A breezy musical with Crosby ghostwriting music for Rathbone and meeting up with Martin, never dreaming that she’s been hired to ghostwrite the lyrics. The two hoodwinked songwriters team up for more than music and lyrics in this heartwarming romance!

Featured Songs:

  • “Only Forever”
  • “When The Moon Comes Over Madison Square”
  • “Rhythm On The River”
  • “That’s For Me”
  • “What Would Shakespeare Have Said”


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1940 – Road to Singapore

Road to Singapore (1940, Paramount)

As “Josh Mallon”

Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn.

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Producer: Harlan Thompson

Screenwriters: Frank Butler & Don Hartman

Summary: Bing and Bob swear off women, hiding out in Singapore; then they meet saronged Lamour. This marks the beginning of the successful and long-running series of ‘Road’ pictures, which established the formula for the ‘buddy picture’ genre.

Featured Songs:

  • “Sweet Potato Piper”
  • “Captain Custard”
  • “Too Romantic”
  • “The Moon and the Willow Tree”
  • “An Apple For The Teacher”


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1940 – Swing With Bing

Swing With Bing (1940, Universal)

As himself

With Andy Devine, Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demeret

Summary: A short-subject golf film at the fourth annual Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Rancho Santa Fe. This sport short film had been a long-pursued idea of Bing’s and the PGA participated in the filming.

Featured Song:

“The Little White Pill On The Little Green Hill”


1941 – Birth of the Blues

Birth of the Blues (1941, Paramount)

As “Jeff Lambert”

Cast: Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee.

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Producer: B.G. DeSylva

Screenwriter: Harry Tugend & Walter DeLeon from a story by Harry Tugend

Summary: A fictionalized Hollywood telling, loosely based on the career of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, to illustrate the origins of Jazz. As a young musician, Jeff Lambert is brought up on classical music, but longs to explore the creole sounds emanating from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. A safe, but interesting look at this unique time in music history, this film superbly blends drama, comedy and great music. Legendary trombonist, Jack Teagarden is featured and Bing later recalled this as one of his favorite movies.

Featured Songs:

  • “Birth of the Blues”
  • “St. James Infirmary”
  • “Memphis Blues”
  • “By The Light of the Silvery Moon”
  • “My Melancholy Baby”
  • “The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid”
  • “St. Louis Blues”


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