Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection

This collection demonstrates to the viewer what a long and varied career Bing Crosby had. These five films are not his most popular or known, but were successful enough in their days. Like his more popular films Crosby sings a plenty in these films. "Waikiki Wedding" even had an Oscar winning song, "Sweet Leilani", in it. While watching the films you will be struck not only by Crosby's good voice and handsome looks, but by how easy he makes it all seem. His acting style was so natural that it seems almost effortless for him.

Disc One:
Waikiki Wedding
Director: Frank Tuttle

Press agent Tony Marvin (Bing Crosby) has to deal with an impending disaster when a beauty pageant winner, Georgia Smith (Shirley Ross – Some Like It Hot, The Merry Widow) decides that her prize of a trip to Hawaii is less than thrilling. Georgia has won the Miss Pineapple Pageant and once in Hawaii she is bored. This causes her to want to leave which will leave the pineapple company in the lurch and without any publicity. Tony and his friend Shad (Bob Burns – Young As You Feel) now have to go to great lengths to keep Georgia and her friend Myrtle (Martha Raye – Pin Up Girl, The Concorde, Airport '79) so entertained that they will no longer think of leaving.

Double or Nothing
Director: Theodore Reed

An eccentric millionaire keeps on having fun even in death. After having many people 'tested' four honest people are weeded out. During the reading of his will he lets Lefty Boylan (Bing Crosby), Liza Lou Lane (Martha Raye), John Pederson (William Frawley – from television's I Love Lucy), and Half-Pint (Andy Devine – Robin Hood, How The West Was Won) know that if they can double their inherited sum in 30 days then they inherit the entire estate.

Disc Two:
East Side of Heaven
Director: David Butler

Denny Martin (Bing Crosby) is a singing cab driver who has a baby abandoned in his cab. Martin is not interested in becoming a father in the least and is trying to earn enough money that he can marry his girlfriend, Mary Wilson (Joan Blondell – The Champ, Grease). It is decided that the two should try and find the baby's real parents, but this proves to be more difficult than they ever could have imagined.

If I Had It My Way
Director: David Butler

Construction worker Buzz Blackwell (Bing Crosby) takes in the orphaned daughter, Patricia Johnson (Gloria Jean – The Ladies Man, Copacabana), of his deceased co-worker, Fred (Donald Woods – True Grit, The Return of Rin Tin Tin). Buzz and Patricia try to find her Uncle Joe (Charles Winninger – White Fang, Torpedo Alley) in New York and build a new business.

Disc Three:
Here Come the Waves
Director: Mark Sandrich

Twin sisters Rosemary (Betty Hutton – Annie Get Your Gun, The Greatest Show on Earth) and Susan's singing/dancing act hits a bump in the road when Rosemary declares that she is going to join the WAVES (female part of the Navy). Susie protests at first but also decides to join WAVES when she hears that dreamy crooner, Johnny Cabot (Bing Crosby), is joining the Navy. Cabot has his hands full with these sisters.

Special Features:
-Original trailer for Here Come the Waves

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