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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.


Rudolf Ising


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


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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Release Date:

19 March 1932 (USA) See more »

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We hear the (imitation) singing voice of Bing Crosby. A dog looks and sings like Rudy Vallee. The title song (by Joseph A. Burke and Al Dubin) also makes reference to Russ Columbo, but we don't hear him mimicked or see him caricatured. See more »


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


[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 »


Featured in Cartoon Festival: Volume 7 (2003) See more »


Crosby, Columbo and Vallee
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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A Delightful, Refreshing, Early Merrie Melody.
25 May 2009 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

I, too, first came across watching this Merrie Melody short via Youtube a while back earlier this year. I love it and it's since become another of my favorites. Indeed enjoyable, entertaining and recommendable because it features the music of and makes references toward at least two-thirds of the eponymous cartoon's singers played/heard in it. Their music is from a time back when music was still at an all-time high commercially and I'm sure that there were more good mainstream songs than not. For those who are new to this, take a chance on it if y'all think y'all are ready, willing and able to get into the musical sub-genres from the past decades and have eclectic taste. Y'all may never know and just might find yourselves getting into the samplings of the vocal and traditional pop stylings like I did. Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee were real talent, not like the majority of what we hear today above the ground. My favorite parts are the performances of this number, the dog impersonating Rudy Vallee and the young Native brave coming to the aid of the birds when the little flames spread. A good lesson in quality music for those who've heard of none of these three crooners. This should put a smile on everyone's face, it certainly made me happy while watching it.

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