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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1945 – Duffy’s Tavern

Duffy’s Tavern (1945, Paramount)

As himself in a sketch with Jean Heather, Helen Walker, Gail Russell.

Cast: Ed Gardner, Victor Moore, Marjorie Reynolds.

Director: Hal Walker

Screenwriters: Melvin Frank & Norman Panama

Summary: Another one of Paramount’s ‘All Star Cast’ films, this lighthearted musical comedy centers around characters from Ed Gardner radio show who are trying to save the fictional Duffy’s Tavern.

Featured Songs:

  • “Swinging On A Star” – parody
  • “Learn To Croon”
  • “Please”
  • “Love In Bloom”


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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”


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”


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