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Bing Crosby, Bob Hope

Bing Crosby [5]

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Born:May 2, 1903
Died:October 14, 1977 (74)
Filmography Rating:7.43 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.09 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.16 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85.06%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Holiday Inn [1942](39) => Jim Hardy
My Favorite Brunette [1947](44) => Harry (uncredited)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad [1949](46) => Relating the Story of Ichabod Crane (voice)
Road to Bali [1952](49) => George Cochran
White Christmas [1954](51) => Bob Wallace

Trivia that mentions this person:
Holiday Inn [1942]
  • The set of the Holiday Inn was reused by Paramount 12 years later for the musical White Christmas, also starring Bing Crosby and again with songs composed by Irving Berlin.
  • Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. Crosby sang four different Oscar winning songs in his films.
    My Favorite Brunette [1947]
  • The film contains a number of in-jokes. Bob Hope's character is just saying that he wants to be a private detective like Alan Ladd - when Ladd appears, playing a private detective. Dorothy Lamour's character looks longingly after Bing Crosby for a moment (in their "Road" movies with Bob Hope, Crosby nearly always got the girl) before Hope wins back her attention.
  • Bing Crosby, Bob Hope's long-term co-star and rival in the Road movies, plays an executioner who is livid when he doesn't get to execute Hope's character. Hope fires back saying, "He'll do any kind of role" (at the time, Crosby was a top star - but here he was doing a one-scene cameo.)
    Road to Bali [1952]
  • In her 1980 autobiography, My Side of the Road, (co-written with [?] Dick McInnes), Dorothy Lamour relates how disappointed she was at not being asked to sing on the Decca album which re-created the film score. In Miss Lamour's place, the label recruited an artist under contract, Peggy Lee, to croon the sultry {Moonflowers} and then go upbeat with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and on {The Merry-Go-Runaround} (both songs having music by [?] Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by [?] Johnny Burke).
  • The sixth of the seven Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour "Road" films.
  • In the movie, Bing Crosby makes reference to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he was a minority owner of, and Bob Hope makes reference to the Cleveland Indians, which he was a minority owner of.
    Smash Up: The Story of a Woman [1947]
  • Reportedly suggested by the life and career of Bing Crosby and songstress wife [?] Dixie Lee; when his popularity as an entertainer eclipsed that of Lee, she drifted into extreme alcoholism, just as Susan Hayward's character does in film.
    Swing High Swing Low [1937]
  • The lead was originally offered to Gary Cooper, who turned it down, then to Bing Crosby, who also turned it down, then to Fred MacMurray, who took it.
    White Christmas [1954]
  • The photo that Vera-Ellen shows to Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of her brother, Bennie, is actually a photo of Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer.
  • The original idea was to reunite Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, as they had been successful in Holiday Inn. Astaire refused, as he had "retired" at the time, so the part was reworked for [?] Donald O'Connor. O'Connor pulled out, and the part was reworked for Danny Kaye.
  • The Vermont inn is the remodeled Connecticut inn set from the movie Holiday Inn which Bing Crosby also starred in singing songs written by Irving Berlin.
  • The {Sisters} comedy act that Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye perform was not originally in the script. They were clowning around on the set and the director thought it was so funny that it was written in.
  • For The song {Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army} there is a small section which say's "Jolson, Hope And Benny all for free" This is a reference to three wartime entertainers; [?] Al Jolson, Bob Hope and Jack Benny. The original words were "Crosby, Hope and Jolson all for free", with Bing Crosby in the film it would seem rather weird and it would most likely break the mood.
  • Third of three films to feature Bing Crosby singing {White Christmas}.
    The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band [1968]
  • Bing Crosby was offered the Walter Brennan role, but Disney balked at his insistence on a percentage of the box office receipts.
    Harvey [1950]
  • Among those considered for the role of Elwood P. Dowd were Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Rudy Vallee, Joe E. Brown (who had also played the part on stage), Gary Cooper, Jack Benny, Jack Haley and James Cagney.