American singing legend and actor Bing Crosby was the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century. He mesmerised the audience with his trademark warm bass-baritone voice. His thriving music career included notable albums like ‘Merry Christmas’ (1945) and ‘Bing Sings’ (1977); and radio shows like ‘Kraft Music Hal’ (1935–1946). Till present, Crosby’s music has recorded a worldwide sale of over a billion records, tapes, CDs, and digital downloads.
He was also a successful actor and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing Father Chuck O'Malley in the film ‘Going My Way’ (1944) and received Oscar nomination for other notable films namely ‘The Bells of St. Mary's’ (1945) and ‘The Country Girl’ (1954).
He created a laid-back, intimate style of singing that was followed by many popular male singers. He was credited for boosting morale of American soldiers during the Second World War through the Armed Forces Radio Service shows. He played instrumental role in developing post-war recording industry; aided in financing development of videotape; and also bought television stations. He received first Grammy Global Achievement Award in 1963; and has three stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Discography of Bing Crosby includes top-selling albums like ‘White Christmas’ (1995), a re-issue of ‘Merry Christmas’ (1945); while his filmography includes top-grossing films like ‘Going My Way’ and ‘The Bells of St. Mary's’.
An average vaudeville performer, Larry Haines, is traveling to Hollywood with his roller-skating penguin Percy, when he meets a beautiful blonde, Karen Bentley, who actually is a British secret agent. She is trying to take coded information past the pursuing Nazi agents who take Larry as her colleague, and frame him for murder. So, how do they manage to escape the Germans?
A musical biopic, this movie traces the life of the famous singer and comedian Joe E. Lewis. When a young Lewis refuses to sing for a club, its owner has his vocal cords cut. Years later, with encouragement from his girlfriend Letty Page, he succeeds in becoming a comedian. However, his drinking and gambling habits create problems for him.
Singer Jolson takes an early retirement as per his wife’s wish, but realizing the importance of music-performance in his life, she later leaves him. After his comeback in the 1940s, he turns more towards frivolous living. But at the beginning of WWII, Jolson starts traveling around to entertain military troops and meets Ellen Clark, an appealing nurse who brings new meaning to his life.
A musical made during WWII to entertain troops, raise funds and boost morale. Silent Era-Star, Billy Webster is now a gateman at Paramount studios. However, his Navy serviceman son, Johnny, thinks he is a studio executive. As Johnny is arriving with his shipmates, to preserve his illusion, Billy takes help of studio switchboard-operator, Polly, to put up a show with Hollywood’s mega-stars.
This American musical comedy is based on a novel called Magnolia. It follows the story of a young singer who is labelled a coward and banished from his town when he refuses to fight for his fiance's honor. He joins a riverboat where his meek personality transforms thanks to the commodore.
Fired by his editor due to his incompetence, an idiotic reporter seeks to redeem himself after he accidentally uncovers a network of Nazi spies in Washington.
A wealthy businessman is bitter about the fact that his wife divorced him, and therefore he prevents her from seeing their child. She eventually decides to take him to court. Now it is up to the judge to determine what is best for the child.
Doris is the daughter of a wealthy man, who is upset that her marriage has been fixed with a man she doesn’t like. She runs away on the night before her wedding, and soon meets a cowboy named Jeff Larabee.
Foolish insurance agent Milford Farnsworth unwittingly sells life insurance worth US $100000 to notorious outlaw Jesse James. Farnsworth is then sent to the West to protect James, to protect the investment. But Jesse plans on killing Farnsworth and he must survive while falling in love with the beautiful Cora Lee Collins.
Reporter Pete Garvey who works at a French orphanage wants to adopt two children Bobby and Suzi and marry his longtime girlfriend Emmadel. Unfortunately, she got tired of waiting for Pete is engaged to American aristocrat Wilbur Stanley. Pete hatches a plan with Wilbur’s cousin Winnifred Stanley to win Emmadel back.
High-Time is a 1960 comedy film, which tells us the story of a restaurant owner Harvey Howard, who decides to go to college at the age of 51. Despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter, he decides to skip any preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students. Eventually, he falls in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher.
Broadway headliners and partners, Bill Benson and Ted Adams, travel separately to Paris to find a leading lady for their upcoming show. While Bill chooses Patsy Blair, Ted chooses Gaby Duval. Unfortunately, with only one role, the two friends must sort out this mess and find the leading lady on their cruise back to USA.
Wealthy and spoiled socialite Doris Worthington is being courted by two princes Michael and Alexander, while having a yacht trip. When the yacht capsizes all of the rich spoiled aristocrats take refuge in a tropical island. They are forced to depend on sailor Stephen Jones who Doris dislikes but secretly loves.
Ranch hand Pepe’s world is turned upside down when alcoholic Hollywood director Mr.Holt buys his beloved friend, a white stallion from its owner. Pepe then goes on an extraordinary adventure through Hollywood, meeting celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, and others before being reunited with his beloved stallion.
A popular TV talk show host arrives at Arizona alone as an antidote for his stress and as he drives out to his vacation home the following day he finds the dead body of an Indian woman in the car trunk. He is promptly arrested; but is freed due to lack of evidence and on returning home finds a scantily dressed Indian girl. His wife too shows up.
This horror mystery film takes us to the late 19th century. Someone has been killing the guests in the London wax museum of Claude Dupree, which is known for its collection of famous figures. When the owner of the museum is killed, his niece decides to continue their family business, and the museum also attracts a police investigator soon.
This diverse revue of 1930s stars bandleader Paul Whiteman, who was well-recognized as the King of Jazz. The film presents a remarkable range of sketches, concerts by acts such as Rhythm Boys featuring Bing Crosby, musical numbers supervised by Whiteman, and more features.
Bing Crosby Awards
|Going My Way||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1945|
|Winner||Best Album Notes||1978|
|Winner||Bing Crosby Award||1963|