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The Road to Hollywood

1947

Exploitation film-maker Bud Pollard appears on screen to tell us of Bing Crosby's rise to fame, using scenes from four early Crosby shorts to illustrate his fictional biography


The Road to Hollywood is a 1947 American film released by Astor Pictures that is a combination of several of Bing Crosby's Educational Pictures short subjects. The title was designed to exploit the "Road to..." film series starring Crosby, Hope, and Lamour, and released by Paramount Pictures.

Plot

Bud Pollard narrates a biography of Bing Crosby stringing together the following short subjects:
  • "I Surrender Dear" (1934)
  • "One More Chance" (1931)
  • "Billboard Girl" (1932)
  • "Dream House" (1933)

Cast

  • Bing Crosby as Himself (archive footage)
  • Luis Alberni as The Marquis, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • Bud Pollard as Himself (Host / Narrator)
  • Ann Christy as Betty Brooks, from Dream House (archive footage)
  • Patsy O'Leary as Ethel Bangs, from One More Chance (1931 film) / Mrs. McCullough, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • George C. Pearce as Mary's Father, from Billboard Girl (archive footage)
  • Arthur Stone (actor) as Ethel's Uncle Joe, from One More Chance / Jerry, Bing's friend from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • Dick Stewart as Jerry, Bing's Chum from Billboard Girl (archive footage)
  • Lincoln Stedman as Whitman, Mary's FiancĂ©, from Billboard Girl (archive footage)
  • Kathrin Clare Ward as Mother Brooks, from Dream House (archive footage)
  • James Eagles as Mary's Brother, from Billboard Girl (archive footage)
  • Matty Kemp as Percy Howard, Bing's Rival, from One More Chance (archive footage)
  • Eddie Phillips (actor) as Reginald Duncan, from Dream House (archive footage)
  • Marion Sayers as Peggy, Bing's Sweetheart, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • Julia Griffith as Ethel's Mother, Bing's Future Mother-in-Law, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • George Gray (actor) as George Dobbs, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • Vernon Dent as A Film Director, from Dream House (archive footage)
  • Alice Adair as Ethel Dobbs, from I Surrender Dear (archive footage)
  • Marjorie Kane as Mary Malone, from Billboard Girl (archive footage)

Soundtrack

  • Bing Crosby - "I Surrender Dear"
  • Bing Crosby - "One More Chance"
  • Bing Crosby - "Dear, I Love You"
  • Bing Crosby - "I Surrender Dear (Reprise #1)"
  • Bing Crosby - "Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green song)"
  • Bing Crosby - "I Surrender Dear (Reprise #2)"
  • Bing Crosby - "One More Chance (Reprise)"


Category:1947 films
Category:1940s musical comedy films
Category:American films
Category:American musical comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films

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Bud Pollard, Robert M. Savini

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