June 7, 2001 |
Hollywood did a terrific job of providing escapist fare for moviegoers during World War II, and some of the biggest laughs were provided by Paramount's "Road" series, which actually began in 1940 and continued intermittently until 1962. It teamed Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in a series of zany adventures enlivened by lots of gags, a little romance and songs. The films were fast-paced and unpretentious, and the breezy Crosby-Hope banter remains evergreen.
March 3, 2001 |
Bing Crosby's popularity as a singer was staggering. Between 1927 and 1965, he released nearly 400 songs that made the national sales charts--about twice as many as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley combined during their careers. Even more remarkable is Crosby's influence on popular music. Louis Armstrong adored his singing, and Sinatra called Crosby his greatest inspiration. So why is Crosby, who died of a heart attack in 1977 at age 74, rarely mentioned when pop singers are discussed today?
March 18, 2000
Chris Dufresne's March 13 NCAA tournament profiles contained the interesting "Tidbit" that Gonzaga University was "founded in 1887 by Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga . . . " This is indeed a rather startling observation in view of the fact that the boy Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in 1591. Perhaps the university's founding was by way of some remarkable apparition. But, as many know, the truth is that Gonzaga was founded in 1887 by Bing Crosby. CARLO WEBER Camarillo Editor's note: According to the school's media guide: "Gonzaga University was founded in 1887 upon urging from Spokane's city leaders who sought a major university in their town."
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October 12, 1999 |
"Dogma," the religious satire by writer-director Kevin Smith scheduled to open next month, has inspired a predictable wave of protest from defenders of the faith.
July 26, 1999 |
Trainer John Sadler did the right thing by scratching Christmas Boy from a $65,000 allowance race here Friday night, opting for the tougher spot in Sunday's $170,600 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap. Christmas Boy broke alertly under Corey Nakatani, made the lead and stayed there for a five-length win in the six-furlong Crosby, which has occasionally been an springboard for the Breeders' Cup Sprint in the fall.
August 2, 1998 |
It was a time when famous singers and songwriters would not only read a star-struck girl's letters, but would reply on handsome studio letterhead and sign with a flourish. And it was a time when a music lover might hope to write lyrics as stirring as those written by Johnny Mercer and crooned by Bing Crosby. It was pre-World War II New York, and Marie Manovill had the highest of hopes. She was just 14 when she struck up pen-pal friendships with Mercer, Crosby and other glamorous stars.
December 10, 1997 |
Christmas means different things to different folk, but in Brea, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. That's the case at the Curtis Theatre on Thursday when "1940s Big Band Christmas" premieres. According to its producers, Ray Limon and Joshua Carr of Tustin, the two-hour musical revue offers an uncommon, nostalgia-laced take on holiday chestnuts including "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells."
November 30, 1997 |
The innumerable problems of a failing New York city parish--run by a crusty, lovable, failing old priest (Barry Fitzgerald)--are quietly solved by the affable, unflappable young Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby, pictured), who tickles the keys and croons a tune on the side. A great comedy: unhurried, warm, quietly spontaneous, marvelously acted, full of what Truffaut calls "privileged moments." Directed by Leo McCarey (AMC early Wednesday at 4:45 a.m.).
August 24, 1997 |
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, the major studios made short films to fill out the program in movie theaters and test the screen presence of up-and-coming talent. A teen-age Ginger Rogers, for example, starred in "Office Blues" in 1930, three years before she began dancing cheek-to-cheek with Fred Astaire. Cary Grant made his screen debut in an obscure 1931 musical, "Singapore Sue," and singer Bessie Smith made her only screen appearance in 1929's "St. Louis Blues."