1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952, Paramount, color)

Cameo appearance with Bob Hope

Cast: Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Dorothy Lamour

Director/Producer: Cecil B. DeMille

Screenwriter: Fredric M. Frank, Barre Lyndon & Theodore St. John

Summary: A big-top package of epic fun from Cecille B. DeMille…and some funny surprise guests appear along the way…including Hope & Crosby.



1953 – Little Boy Lost

Little Boy Lost (1953, Paramount)

As “Bill Wainwright”

Cast: Claude Dauphin, Christian Fourcade, Gabrielle Dorziat, Nicole Maurey.

Director/Writer: George Seaton

Producers: William Perlberg & George Seaton

Summary: A true tearjerker set in post-WWII France. After his French wife is murdered in the war, newspaperman Crosby is trying to locate his son, not knowing which boy at the orphanage is his.

Featured Songs:

  • “The Dark Town Strutters Ball”
  • A Propos De Rien”
  • “Cela M’Est Egal”
  • “The Magic Window”


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1954 – The Country Girl

The County Girl (1954, Paramount)

As “Frank Elgin”

Cast: Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds.

Director/Writer: George Seaton

Producers: William Perlberg & George Seaton

Summary: Grace Kelly in her Oscar winning performance as Georgie Elgin, the wife of an alcoholic singer Frank Elgin (Crosby) who is trying for a comeback via the help of theater director Bernie Dodd (Holden). Crosby excels in one of his finest roles and received an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Featured Songs:

  • “The Search Is Through”
  • “The Land Around Us”
  • “Dissertation On The State Of Bliss”
  • “It’s Mine, It’s Yours”


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1954 – White Christmas

White Christmas (1954, Paramount, color)

As “Bob Wallace”

Cast: Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Producer: Robert Emmett Dolan

Screenwriters: Norman Krasna, Melvin Frank & Norman Panama

Summary: Army buddies Crosby and Kaye boost the popularity of a resort run by their ex-general. With the singing Haynes sisters (Clooney & Ellen) in tow, the spirit of the season shines throughout this perennial holiday favorite featuring Irving Berlin’s memorable musical numbers.

Featured Songs:

  • “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “Count Your Blessings”
  • “Sisters”
  • “The Old Man”
  • “Snow”
  • “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing”
  • “What Can You Do With A General”
  • “Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army”


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1956 – Anything Goes

Anything Goes (1956, Paramount, color)

As “Bill Benson”

Cast: Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanmarie, Phil Harris.

Director: Robert Lewis

Producer: Robert Emmett Dolan

Screenwriter: Sidney Sheldon

Summary: A toe-tapping musical involving show business partners Crosby and O’Connor, each signing a performer for the leading role in their next show; the script bears little resemblance to the original Broadway show or the earlier 1936 film version which Bing starred in.

Featured Songs:

  • “Ya Gotta Give The People Hoke”
  • “You’re The Top”
  • “All Through The Night”
  • “A Second-Hand Turban And A Crystal Ball”
  • “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”


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1956 – High Society

High Society (1956, MGM, color)

As “C.K. Dexter-Haven”

Cast: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, Louis Calhern, Louis Armstrong, John Lund

Director: Charles Walters

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Screenwriter: John Patrick

Summary: Grace Kelly portrays socialite Tracy Lord who is preparing for her second marriage to the sternly responsible George Kittredge (John Lund) when jazz musician and ex-hubby ‘Dex’ (Crosby) arrives and still carries a torch for his ex-wife. Trouble ensues when reporters Mike Connor (Sinatra) and and Liz Imbrie (Holm) arrive to cover the wedding for ‘Spy’ Magazine. Featuring a stunning Cole porter score and memorable performances (and social play-by-plas) by Louis Armstrong.

Featured Songs:

  • “Little One”
  • “True Love” w/ Grace Kelly
  • I Love You Samantha”
  • “Now You Has Jazz” w/ Louis Armstrong
  • “Well Did You Evah!” w/ Frank Sinatra


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