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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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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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4 July 1947 (USA)  »

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One More Chance
Performed by Bing Crosby
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A total ripoff!
8 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Road to Hollywood" is a film Bing Crosby had no direct connection with--and the film was a creepy attempt to cash in on Crosby's popularity without having to pay him! The exploitation film director, Bud Pollard, took four of Crosby's early short films and spliced them apart into what he purports during his narration as the story of Crosby's rise to popularity. None of it is true and the film is just a shabby collection of early clips thrown together artlessly in an attempt to fool the public. He should have been ashamed of this and the film, understandably, is no in the public domain. While a few of the clips were humorous, the way they were assembled and with Pollard's narration, they are pretty much a waste of time.


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