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The Road to Hollywood (1947)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Character in Sennett Shorts (archive footage)
Luis Alberni ...
The Marquis, from 'I Surrender Dear' (archive footage)
Bud Pollard ...
Himself (Host / Narrator)
Ann Christy ...
Betty Brooks, from 'Dream House' (archive footage)
Patsy O'Leary ...
Ethel Bangs, from 'One More Chance' / Mrs. McCullough, from 'I Surrender Dear' (archive footage)
George C. Pearce ...
Mary's Father, from 'Billboard Girl' (archive footage)
Arthur Stone ...
Ethel's Uncle Joe, from 'One More Chance' / Jerry, Bing's friend from 'I Surrender Dear' (archive footage)
Dick Stewart ...
Jerry, Bing's Chum from 'Billboard Girl' (archive footage)
Lincoln Stedman ...
Whitman, Mary's Fiancé, from 'Billboard Girl' (archive footage)
Kathrin Clare Ward ...
Mother Brooks, from 'Dream House' (archive footage)
James Eagles ...
Mary's Brother, from 'Billboard Girl' (archive footage)
Matty Kemp ...
Percy Howard, Bing's Rival, from 'One More Chance' (archive footage)
Eddie Phillips ...
Reginald Duncan, from 'Dream House' (archive footage)
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Peggy, Bing's Sweetheart, from 'I Surrender Dear' (archive footage)
Julia Griffith ...
Ethel's Mother, Bing's Future Mother-in-Law, from 'I Surrender Dear' (archive footage)
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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.

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I Surrender Dear (Reprise #2)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Don't make a lot of popcorn for this one.
10 April 2005 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone, It will be very hard to watch more than 5 or 10 minutes of this at a time. There are some nice old cars and trains to be seen.

Bing shows no promise here of how good he would eventually become. There is a scene with a lion that has some funny (almost) animation. Also a car going around a hillside road that takes to the air. An old bus going into a lake reminds us how much fun driving was when gas was 10 cents per gallon.

A couple of slow burns. That used to be a comedy form that worked wonders during the silent era. We rarely see it anymore. The slow burn was a person getting mad very, very slowly.

Anyone you see in this movie who looks over 30 is probably over 100 now. This movie is old. Old isn't necessarily bad. Bad is bad, though. This flick is bad.

The narrator/director, Bud Pollard is funny as he looks to his left, our right, to read his cue cards. He is not a good reader.

An antique dealer might enjoy running the movie with the sound turned down. Lots of nice old radios and furniture are on display.

There are some movies that are worse than this. Fury of the Wolfman and Brainiac come to mind. Bing was good in the other "Road" films. Bing also was excellent in High Society with Grace Kelly (True Love) and Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. He worked with Grace in Country Girl and showed he was a very good actor as well as the singer America loved most at that time.

Tom Willett


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