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Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee (1932)

An American Indian boy and girl sing and dance in the forest along with the animals. Trouble begins when a fire threatens baby birds in their nest.

Director:

Rudolf Ising
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
The King's Men The King's Men ... Moose / Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ... Indian (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

As a tribe of Indians sings, the women are all falling for the three singers of the title, Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo, and Rudy Vallee. A brave brings a radio to his girlfriend, and she joins in the title song. The woodland animals join in, doing impersonations. While the tribe dances, a fire gets out of control. Three baby birds, trapped in a tree, are saved by a spider web used as a net. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #8: Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #5137. See more »

Goofs

As the American Indian boy tunes his radio, his feather disappears for a frame or two and then returns. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Indian Chief: [singing] When it comes to pale face enemies, I know only three.
Indians: Crosby, Columbo and Vallee!
Indian Chief: They made a million Indian women wish that they were free.
Indians: Crosby, Columbo and Vallee!
Indian Chief: Those crooning troubadours are stealing all our squawrs. / Now I know what has become of Sally. / And every time you kiss your girl, who is she thinking of?
Totem Pole: Crosby, Columbo and Vallee!
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1992 by Turner Entertainment Company, with each frame traced over onto a cel. Each cel was then painted in color and photographed over a colored reproduction of each background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Queen Was in the Parlor (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Crosby, Columbo and Vallee
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Interesting and well done
7 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love Merrie Melodie cartoons, and the early ones are always an intriguing watch regardless of whether it works or not. Despite liking music-themed cartoons a lot and having a lot of admiration for particularly Bing Crosby, there was the uncertainty reading the summary as to whether it would be tasteful in execution.

'Crosby, Columbo and Vallee' is much more tasteful than one would think reading the summary. It is actually very innocent and good-natured and there is nothing offensive about it. It may not have the best or most eventful of stories, pretty lightweight, it does begin on a stale note, and it's not laugh-a-minute. There is a huge amount to like with 'Crosby, Columbo and Vallee', one will find themselves appreciating Crosby and Rudy Vallee and it will be a good introduction to the now unjustly underrated Ross Columbo.

The animation is very nicely done, nice atmospheric shadings, meticulously detailed backgrounds and remarkably smooth drawing for a cartoon so early. The music is full of energy and character, as well as being lushly and cleverly orchestrated. The main song is particularly catchy.

Furthermore, 'Crosby, Columbo and Vallee' has a lot of good moments, especially the fire scene and the Vallee impersonation (all the impersonation are on point, but this one in particular). Some of the cartoon is humorous and even more of it is sweet, with some drama and suspense when the fire breaks out.

All the characters are fun and endearing. They are well characterised in the voices too.

In conclusion, interesting and well done if not one of my favourites. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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