1950 – Mr. Music

Mr. Music (1950, Paramount)

As “Paul Merrick”

Cast: Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn, Robert Stack, Groucho Marx, Peggy Lee.

Director: Richard Haydn

Producer: Robert L. Welch

Screenwriter: Arthur Sheekman

Summary: An easy-going vehicle for crooner Crosby as a Broadway songwriter who wants to live the easy life. Essentially a remake of “Accent on Youth.”

Featured Songs:

  • “Life is So Peculiar”
  • “High on the List”
  • “Wouldn’t It Be Funny”
  • “Wasn’t I There?”
  • “Mr. Music”
  • “Once More the Blue and White”
  • “Milady”
  • “Then You’ll Be Home”


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1950 – Riding High

Riding High (1950, Paramount)

As “Dan Brooks”

Cast: Colleen Gray, Charles Bickford, William Demarest, Frances Gifford, Gene Lockhart

Director/Producer: Frank Capra

Screenwriters: Robert Riskin, Melville Shavelson & Jack Rose

Summary: A musical remake of “Broadway Bill” under the direction of Frank Capra. Crosby is a racehorse owner whose nag has yet to come through.

Featured Songs:

  • “Sunshine Cake”
  • “The Horse Told Me”
  • “Sure Thing”
  • “Some Place on Anywhere Road”


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1951 – Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield (1951, MGM)

Cameo appearance

Cast: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn.

Director/Producer: Clarence Brown

Screenwriters: Dorothy Kingsley & George Wells

Summary: Cute comedy-fantasy with… a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates whose hard-luck team goes on a winning streak thanks to some heavenly intervention; cameos by Crosby and other celebrities from the world of baseball and show business.


1951 – Here Comes the Groom

Here Comes the Groom (1951, Paramount)

As “Pete Garvey”

Cast: Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton.

Director/Producer: Frank Capra

Songwriters: Virginia Van Epp, Liam O’Brien & Myles Connelly from a story by Robert Riskin & Liam O’Brien

Summary: Crosby contrives to keep former fiancée from marrying millionaire Tone in this in this lightweight musical outing. Guest appearances by Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Lamour, Phil Harris and Cass Daley, plus Oscar-winning song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.”

Featured Songs:

  • “Your Own Little House”
  • “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”
  • “Misto Cristofo Columbo”
  • “Oh Promise Me”
  • Bonne Nuit”


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1951 – The Fifth Freedom

The Fifth Freedom (1951, Liggett & Myers, color)

As himself

Along with Arthur Godfrey, Perry Como, and Bob Hope,

Summary: This short-subject film, featuring a variety of other Chesterfield cigarette spokesmen touting “freedom of choice” or the Constitutional freedoms of speech, religion and from want and fear.

Featured Songs:

  • “You’re A Grand Old Flag”

1952 – Just for You

Just For You (1952, Paramount, color)

As “Jordan Blake”

Cast: Jane Wyman, Ethel Barrymore, Natalie Wood, Robert Arthur.

Director: Elliot Nugent

Producer: Pat Duggan

Screenwriter: Robert Carson

Summary: A zesty musical unfolds when producer Crosby can’t be bothered with his growing children until Wyman shows him the way. This film is peppered with a pleasant Harry Warren/Leo Robin Score, highlighted by “Zing a Little Zong.”

Featured Songs:

  • “He’s Just Crazy for Me”
  • “Just For You”
  • “Zing A Little Zong”
  • “The Live Oak Tree”
  • “A Flight of Fancy”
  • “I’ll Si-Si Ya in Bahia”
  • “On the 10:10, (From Ten-Ten-Tennessee)”


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1952 – Road to Bali

Road to Bali (1952, Paramount, color)

As “George Cochran”

Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye, Peter Coe

Director: Hal Walker

Producer: Harry Tugend

Screenwriter: Frank Butler, Hal Kanter & Bill Morrow from a story by Frank Butler & harry Tugend

Summary: The sixth adventure, and the first color film, in the ‘Road’ picture series has lush trapping, many guest stars, and hearty laughs. A couple of second-rate vaudevillians make a dash from a number of irate parents waiting with their swooning daughters. Their get-a-way lands them in Bali where they cross paths with Princess Lalah McTavish. Scottish kilts and Balinese hijinks combine for a great film romp!

Featured Songs:

  • “The Merry Go Runaroudn”
  • “Chicago Style”
  • “Hoot-Mon”
  • “To See You”
  • “Moonflowers”


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