1947 – Variety Girl

Variety Girl (1947, Paramount)

Cameo appearance

Cast: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, Bob Hope

Director: George Marshall

Producer: Daniel Dare

Screenwriters: Edmund Hartman , Frank Tashlin, Robert Welch & Monte Brice

Summary: A tribute to the Variety Club theatrical organizations of American which cared for under-privileged children, Hatcher and San Juan portray formerly adopted children who head for Hollywood, hoping for stardom. Hope and Crosby appear in a golfing scene – of course!

Featured Songs:

  • “Harmony”


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1947 – Welcome Stranger

Welcome Stranger (1947, Paramount)

As “Dr. James Pearson”

Cast: Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Wanda Hendrix, Frank Faylen

Director: Elliott Nugent

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Screenwriter: Frank Butler & Arthur Sheekman

Summary: Entertaining musical of Crosby filling in for a vacationing doctor in a small community who gets involved with a local girl in this lovely little town.

Featured Songs:

  • “Smile Right Back At The Sun”
  • “Country Style”
  • “My Heart Is A Hobo”
  • “As Long As I’m Dreaming”


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1948 – The Emperor Waltz

The Emperor Waltz (1948, Paramount, color))

As “Virgil Smith”

Cast: Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn.

Director: Billy Wilder

Producer: Charles Brackett

Screenwriters: Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder

Summary: An atypical musical set in Franz Joseph’s Austria at the turn of the previous century with Bing selling record players to royalty. After a variety of trials and tribulations, Crosby’s Virgil, Fontaine’s Countess — and Virgil’s scene-stealing dog Buttons — waltz their way to a happy ending. This distinctively enchanted fairy tale telling was an unusual light-hearted musical turn for director, Billy Wilder.

Featured Songs:

  • “”I Kiss Your Hand Madame”
  • “The Kiss In Your Eyes”
  • “Friendly Mountains”
  • “Get Yourself a Phonograph”
  • “The Emperor’s Waltz”


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1949 – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949, Paramount, color)

As “Hank Martin”

Cast: Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Sir Cedric Hardwick

Director: Tay Garnett

Producer: Robert Fellows

Screenwriter: Edmund Beloin

Summary: Mark Twain’s story becomes a carefree Crosby musical, with 20th Century mild-mannered auto mechanic Bing, transported into the Arthurian past and branded a wizard.

Featured Songs:

  • “Once and for Always”
  • “If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon”
  • “When Is Sometime”
  • “Busy Doing Nothing”
  • “Twixt Myself and Me”

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1949 – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949, Walt Disney-RKO, color)

Narrator for the animated “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi & James Algar

Producer: Walt Disney Productions

Screenwriters: Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves

Summary: A highly entertaining animated doubleheader from Disney: A witty adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows”…and a broad, cartoony telling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with a genuinely scary climax, narrated (and sung) by Bing Crosby.

Featured Songs:

  • “Ichabod”
  • “Katrina”
  • “The Headless Horseman”


1949 – Top o’ the Morning

Top O’ the Morning (1949, Paramount)

As “Joe Mulqueen”

Cast: Ann Blyth, Barry Fitzgerald, Hume Cronyn, Eileen Crowe

Director: David Miller

Producer: Robert L. Welch

Screenwriters: Edmund Beloin & Richard Breen

Summary: The third and final film outing that featured the combination of Bing and Barry Fitzgerald. This fanciful musical follows the travails of Bing’s adventures in Ireland as a mild-mannered insurance salesman searching for a thief hiding the Blarney Stone.

Featured Songs:

  • “Top O’ the Morning”
  • “Oh, ‘Tis Sweet to Think”
  • “The Donovans”
  • “You’re in Love With Someone”


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