Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
On May 29th, Bob Hope would have turned 107. For nearly 60 years, Bob Hope entertained the world. Personally, I never thought he was the greatest comedian, but with Bing Crosby, Hope made seven wonderful Road movies. Bing and Bob Hope had a chemistry, on and off the screen, that has never been equaled. Bob Hope and his wife Dolores (who just turned 101) were among the few mourners who were invited to Bing's funeral in 1977. Bob Hope died in 2003, but his memories live on... ROAD TO SINGAPORE(1940) ROAD TO ZANZIBAR(1941) ROAD TO UTOPIA(1946)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Here is probably the last great song Bing introduced in a movie. It is the great ballad "The Second Time Around". He sang it in the movie HIGH TIME(1960). It was the last Bing Crosby song to be nominated for an Oscar... clip courtesy of Martin Knight
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The movie GOING HOLLYWOOD(1933) propelled Bing to super stardom as an actor. Made at MGM, it would be the first of only four movies he would make for the studio. This superb number is with Marion Davies...
Marion Davies | MySpace Video
Marion Davies | MySpace Video
Here is a very different Bing clip. It is mostly spotlighting Jose Feliciano and his guitar work. He is a great guitar playing but not the best singer. Bing does his usual best to jam with Jose. This is from a Bing Crosby special of 1968...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Unfortunately the next few months on TCM does not have much Bing Crosby scheduled. With the month of May being the birth months of both Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, you would think there would be more scheduled: JUNE 7TH - THE ROAD TO BALI - 7:45AM JULY 17TH - ROAD TO MOROCCO - 8PM
When you think of Betty Hutton...you think of loud singing and dancing antics. Here is a more reserved Hutton singing with Bing from HERE COMES THE WAVES(1944). They actually sing with love song pretty good together...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here is the movie trailer for the reissue of GOING MY WAY(1944). The role of Father O' Malley won Bing Crosby his only Oscar and rightfully so. Barry Fitzgerald and Rise Stevens give memorable moments in the great film as well...
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
With the birthday of Bing Crosby around the corner, I figured it would be interesting learning about his early life... Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 3, 1903, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street.His family moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1906 to find work. He was the fourth of seven children: five boys, Larry (1895–1975), Everett (1896–1966), Ted (1900–1973), Harry 'Bing' (1903–1977), and Bob (1913–1993); and two girls, Catherine (1904–1974) and Mary Rose (1906–1990). His parents were English-American Harry Lincoln Crosby (1870–1950), a bookkeeper, and Irish-American Catherine Helen (affectionately known as Kate) Harrigan (1873–1964). Kate was the daughter of Canadian-born parents who had emigrated to Stillwater, Minnesota, from Miramichi, New Brunswick. Kate's grandfather and grandmother, Dennis and Catherine Harrigan, had in turn moved to Canada in 1831 from Schull, County Cork, Ireland. Bing's paternal ancestors include Governor Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster, who were both born in England and who immigrated to what would become the U.S. in the 17th century. Patience was a daughter of Elder William Brewster (pilgrim), (c. 1567 – April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower. In 1910, Crosby was forever renamed. The six-year-old Harry Lillis discovered a full-page feature in the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review, "The Bingville Bugle." The "Bugle," written by humorist Newton Newkirk, was a parody of a hillbilly newsletter complete with gossipy tidbits, minstrel quips, creative spelling, and mock ads. A neighbor, 15-year-old Valentine Hobart, shared Crosby's enthusiasm for "The Bugle," and noting Crosby's laugh, took a liking to him and called him "Bingo from Bingville." The last vowel was dropped and the name shortened to "Bing," which stuck. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held Crosby spellbound with his ad-libbing and spoofs of Hawaiian songs. Crosby later described Jolson's delivery as "electric." In the fall of 1920, Crosby enrolled in the Jesuit-run Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, with the intention of becoming a lawyer. He sent away for a set of mail-order drums. After much practice, he soon became good enough and was invited to join a local band made up of mostly local high school kids called the "Musicaladers," managed by Al Rinker. He made so much money doing this that he decided to drop out of school during his final year to pursue a career in show business.