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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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Clips from early Crosby shorts for Mack Sennett
4 August 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Producer-director Bud Pollard was at this time primarily doing low-budget films with all-black casts, but the year before he had stitched together clips from three Educational Pictures/Mack Sennett short comedies starring Danny Kaye and released it as "Birth of a Star." Theaters could get the film as a cheap second feature, and use a big star's name on the marquee.

In this movie, Pollard did the same thing with four Educational Pictures/Mack Sennett shorts (two of them directed by Sennett himself) that Bing Crosby had done: "I Surrender Dear," 1934; "One More Chance," 1931; "Billboard Girl," 1932; and "Dream House," 1933. These were all two-reel comedies in which Crosby did physical slapstick comedy in the Sennett tradition (and did it very well) and sang his hit songs. Pollard himself appears on-screen to do a rather awkward narration that stitches the clips together, and ends the film with a short mawkish tribute to Crosby that nominates him for film-star sainthood.

Crosby fans and people who like silent and early sound slapstick comedies will enjoy this compilation, although the complete short films themselves would be better. Others won't be impressed.


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