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Bing On Radio And In The Movies

On Radio

Source: Bing Magazine Online

Bing first appeared on radio during 1929 as a soloist with Paul Whiteman and with Al Rinker and Harry Barris as The Rhythm Boys. His first solo broadcast took place in New York on the Columbia Broadcasting System on 2nd September 1931, when he sang "Just One More Chance" and "I'm Thru With Love". After that Bing continued to star on radio for more than 30 years; his most successful period being the 30's through to the 50's, which were the halcyon days of radio. As with his recording career, Bing sang the most popular songs of the day and often appeared with other leading entertainers on his radio broadcasts. From the early 30's, Bing's theme song was "Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day"

Bing was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, on 11th October 1998 and his wife Kathryn Crosby accepted the posthumous award.

Many of Bing’s Radio programs were recorded and preserved, dating from 1929 through 1962.

Bing Crosby - The Film Star

Bing was one of the most successful stars ever to appear on the silver screen. For a period of fifteen years Bing was continually among the top ten box office stars and for five consecutive years (1944-1949) he achieved the number one spot. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1944 for his portrayal of Father Chuck O'Malley in the film "Going My Way" (1944). He was also nominated for two further Best Actor Awards for his performances in "The Bells Of St Mary's" (1945) and "The Country Girl" (1954). In a great many of his films, he played light-hearted comedy and musical roles as a singer or songwriter. His usual casual approach belied the fact that Bing was a fine dramatic actor as witnessed by his portrayals in "Little Boy Lost"(1953), "The Country Girl" (1954). "Man On Fire" (1957) and his last major film "Stagecoach" (1966). No one who saw his powerful performance as an alcoholic in "The Country Girl" could ever doubt his ability as a serious actor. It is somewhat ironic that Bing's film career may be best remembered for his seven zany "Road" films in which he starred with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

In all Bing appeared in 104 films made for the cinema including, short comedies, feature length films, cameos and guest appearances. He also featured in several films made especially for television.

First Feature Film: King Of Jazz - 1930 (Color). A Universal Picture featuring the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Songs include: Music Hath Charms, Mississippi Mud, So The Blackbirds And The Bluebirds Got Together, A Bench In The Park and Happy Feet.

There was no Christmas music in the first film, but Bing sang one or more Christmas carols in 7 films, including:

Holiday Inn - 1942 (b/w). A Paramount Picture directed by Mark Sandrich starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale and Walter Abel. Songs include: I'll Capture Your Heart, Be Careful It's My Heart, Lazy, White Christmas, Happy Holiday, Let's Start The New Year Right, Easter Parade, Abraham, Song Of Freedom and I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For.

Going My Way - 1944 (b/w). A Paramount Picture directed by Leo McCarey starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, Stanley Clements, Jean Heather and Rise Stevens. Songs include: Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, The Day After Forever, Going My Way, Ave Maria, Silent Night and Swinging On A Star.

The Bells Of St Mary's - 1945 (b/w). A Rainbow Production for RKO Pictures directed by Leo McCarey starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, Dickie Tyler and Joan Caroll. Songs include: Aren't You Glad You're You, Adeste Fideles, In The Land Of Beginning Again, O Sanctissima and The Bells Of St Mary's.

Blue Skies - 1946 (Color). A Paramount Picture directed by Stuart Heisler starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy de Wolfe and Olga San Juan. Songs include: I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now, All By Myself, I'll See You In Cuba, A Couple Of Song And Dance Men, Blue Skies, Everybody Step, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Getting Nowhere, and Medley: Any Bonds Today / This Is The Army Mr Jones / White Christmas

White Christmas - 1954 (Color). A Paramount Picture directed by Michael Curtiz starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes. Songs include: Snow, Mandy, I'd Rather See A Minstrel Show, Count Your Blessings, What Can You Do With A General, Gee I Wish I Was Back In The Army, The Old Man and White Christmas.

Say One For Me - (1959) (Color). A Bing Crosby Production for 20th Century-Fox directed by Frank Tashlin starring Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner and Ray Walston. Songs include: Say One For Me, I Couldn't Care Less and The Secret Of Christmas.

High Time (1960) (Color). A Bing Crosby Production for 20th Century-Fox directed by Blake Edwards starring Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld and Nicole Maurey. Songs include: The Second Time Around, You Tell Me Your Dream and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.

Last Film: Stagecoach - 1966 (Color). A 20th Century-Fox Production directed by Gordon Douglas starring Bing Crosby, Ann Margret, Michael Connors, Alex Cord, Red Buttons, Van Heflin, Slim Pickens and Stephanie Powers.

Bing's last major film appearance was as one of the narrators in the MGM compilation film That's Entertainment - Part One that was made in 1974.

Many of Bing's films are now available on commercially recorded video tapes, especially in the USA.

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