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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.”