SUTS DAY 3-BING CROSBY

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The first newbie!  Der Bingle was TCM’s Star of the Month before, but this is his first SUTS day.  Twelve movies will be shown today including two TCM premieres: 1936’s Rhythm on the Range and 1938’s Sing You Sinners!  Here are a few of my picks for the day.

High Society (1956)

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Bing, Frank, and Grace Kelly in a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story?!  This is Kelly’s final film before she gave it all up to become the Princess of Monaco.


Going My Way (1944)

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Bing won Best Actor for his portrayal of the carefree Father Chuck O’Malley.  He reprised his role one year later in The Bells of St. Mary’s.


The Country Girl (1954)

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Bing plays against type as an alcoholic, washed-up stage actor who may make a comeback in a stage musical.  Co-star Grace Kelly won Best Actress at the Academy Awards.


Road to Morocco (1942)

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Critics think this is Bing and Bob’s best out of the seven-film Road to… series (not my favorite, though, number two definitely).  The duo play two castaways who are sold into slavery (I’m not kidding) to a beautiful princess, played by Dorothy Lamour.


Now for a few recommendations that were not on TCM’s schedule:

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

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One of few sequels better than the first.  This time good old Father Chuck is sent to teach at a Catholic school which is on the verge of being condemned.  Ingrid Bergman co-stars.


Road to Utopia (1946)

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My personal Road to… favorite.  It was filmed in 1943, but not released until 1946 because of a backlog of films, especially the ones involving WWII.  Also, SPOILER ALERT….

 

The only film in the series where Bob gets the girl.


Here Comes the Groom (1951)

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A hilarious comedy directed by Frank Capra.  Bing plays a foreign correspondent who keeps putting his wedding to Jane Wyman off.  She gets fed up and dumps him, and has a whirlwind romance with her boss played by Franchot Tone.  Bing returns to America to find out his love is getting married.  Can he stop her in time?  Features the Oscar-winning song “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.”

 

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