1942 – Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn (1942, Paramount)

As “Jim Hardy”

Cast: Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel.

Director/Producer: Mark Sandrich

Screenwriter: Claude Binyon

Summary: Entertaining musical about a romantic triangle and the establishment of a country inn that’s only open on holidays. A memorable array of holiday-themed songs by the great Irving Berlin (featuring the debut of the all-time classic ‘White Christmas’) provide the foundation for Bing’s stellar crooning and Fred Astaire’s divine dancing!

Featured Songs:

  • “I’ll Capture Your Heart”
  • “Lazy”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “You’re Easy To Dance With”
  • “Let’s Start The New Year Right”
  • “Abraham”
  • “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”
  • “Easter Parade”
  • “Song of Freedom”
  • “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For”


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1942 – Road to Morocco

Road to Morocco (1942, Paramount)

As “Jeff Peters”

Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn, Dona Drake

Director: David Butler

Producer: Paul Jones

Screenwriters: Frank Butler & Don Hartman

Summary: The third outing of the campy ‘Road’ pictures, Bing sells Bob to slave-trader in mysterious Morocco, as both go-after princess Lamour.

Featured Songs:

  • “Road To Morocco”
  • “Ain’t Got A Dime To My Name”
  • “Moonlight Becomes You”


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1942 – Star Spangled Rhythm

Star-Spangled Rhythm (1942, Paramount)

As himself, cameo appearance

Cast: Bob Hope, Ray Milliand, Fred MacMurray, Alan Ladd, Dick

Powell, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Mary Martin, Susan Hayward.

Director: George Marshall

Screenwriter: Harry Tugend

Summary: Paramount’s star-studded WWII extravaganza, filled with songs, sketches and salutes!

Featured Song:

  • “Old Glory”


1943 – Dixie

Dixie (1943, Paramount)

As “Dan Emmett”

Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Marjorie Reynolds, Billy De Wolfe, Eddie Foy Jr.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland

Screenwriter: Karl Tunberg & Darrell Ware from a story by William Ranking adapted by Claude Binyon

Summary: A lose biography of pioneer minstrel and composer Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote such classics as “old Dan Tucker” as well as the title song.

Featured Songs:

  • “Sunday, Monday Or Always”
  • “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
  • “Old Dan Tucker”
  • “The Last Rose of Summer”
  • “She’s From Missouri”
  • “A Horse That Knows The Way Back Home”
  • “If You Please”
  • “Dixie”


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1943 – Show Business at War

Show Business at War (1943, 20th Century Fox)

As himself

Featuring: Louis Armstrong, James Cagney, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Walt Disney.

Summary: Short-subject film put on by Hollywood to support the war effort. Unfortunately there are only short, brief clips of the various Hollywood celebs doing their part for the cause!


1944 – Going My Way

Going My Way (1944, Paramount)

As “Father Chuck O’Malley”

Cast: Rise Stevens, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley, Porter Hall.

Director/Producer: Leo McCarey

Screenwriters: Frank Butler & Frank Cavett from a story by Leo McCarey

Summary: Leo McCarey’s sentimental story of a down-to-earth priest, who wins over an aging superior and sidewalk gang of kids, is hard to resist. Bing’s memorable performance garnered a Best Actor Academy Award!

Featured Songs:

  • “Going My Way”
  • “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra”
  • “Day After Forever”
  • “Swingin’ On A Star”


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1944 – Here Come the Waves

Here Come the Waves (1944, Paramount)

As “Johnny Cabot”

Cast: Betty Hutton, Sonny Tufts, Ann Doran, Gwen Crawford.

Director/Producer: Mark Sandrich

Screenwriters: Allan Scott, Ken Englund & Zion Myers

Summary: A zippy wartime music-comedy with Crosby cleverly cast as a Sinatra-like crooner, the idol of bobby-soxers, who joins the Navy, and becomes involved with twin sisters. Betty Hutton appears in a dual role as the twin sisters with opposite personalities!

Featured Songs:

  • “My Mama Thinks I’m A Star”
  • “I Promise You”
  • “Let’s Take the Long Way Home”
  • “Here Come The Waves”
  • “There’s a Fellow Waiting in Poughkeepsie”
  • “Accentuate the Positive”


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