American Masters looks at one of the most prolific entertainers in history; Bing Crosby. The special looks into his family life and into a career that spanned decades over film, music, and live entertainment.
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Louis Armstrong ... Self (archive footage)
Fred Astaire ... Self (archive footage)
Pearl Bailey ... Self (archive footage)
Tony Bennett ... Self
David Bowie ... Self (archive footage)
Mary Carlisle ... Self (archive footage)
Rosemary Clooney ... Self (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Dennis Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Gary Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Harry Crosby ... Self
Lindsay Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Mary Crosby ... Self
Nathaniel Crosby Nathaniel Crosby ... Self
Phillip Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
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American Masters looks at one of the most prolific entertainers in history; Bing Crosby. The special looks into his family life and into a career that spanned decades over film, music, and live entertainment.

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Self - Narrator: Before James Bond, the Road films were the most successful franchise in the history of cinema. Launching Bob Hope as a major star, the series revitalized Crosby's career by exposing him to a younger audience who marveled at the on screen reverence.
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A fine biography, warts and all....
21 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I enjoy the "American Masters" shows, one problem I have noticed is that the shows focus mostly on the craft and not the individual. In other words, when talking about actors, singers, artists and the like the show emphasizes what they do...but not in their private lives. However, this installment is one of the few warts and all biographies I've seen on the show. While it naturally focuses on Bing Crosby's craft, it doesn't whitewash his personal life and talks of the tragic lives of his wife and sons. I appreciate that and it makes this a more complete picture of the man.

As for the show, it's about as good a biography of Bing Crosby that you can find. It celebrates his amazing musical and acting gifts, gives inside information that might surprise you (such as he and Bob Hope barely knowing or spending time with each other when they weren't on camera or at some function) and gives you an idea of who the man was. Exceptionally well done and fortunately Crosby left a lot of letters, films and audiotapes so, at times, he narrates this show made long after his death.


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2 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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