I have four network prints of episodes of this on VHS Tape and wonder if others here know the series and enjoyed it?
It only lasted one season on the ABC network in the US. Anyway in it Bing Crosby played Bing Collins a former singer who changed careers becoming an electrical engineer!!! His character was married with two daughters and in many episodes a song by Bing was sneaked in.
A couple of episodes have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can all see what you think.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgpYqjOvazs Part 1 Little Bit of Fresh Danish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beEvKjacYzo Part 2 Little Bit of Fresh Danish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8G_DZvGIvA Part 1 The Estate Venture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enUhcjZ9K50 Part 2 The Estate Venture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr40B8JsW3g Part 3 The Estate Venture
Last edited by stuartfanning (17/1/2015 9:13 pm)
I have seen bits of episodes here and there. I think the show's writing was horrible but Bing did the best he could. The best parts of the sitcom was when he sung or interacted with guest stars.
I don't think Bing should have done the sitcom personally.
Wind to 2 minutes 30 seconds for Bing Crosby talking about the show.
Below are links to outtakes from the show presented, with tongue in cheek, by the producer Steven Gethers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WTlMqaB61Q Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4xd97JdzVE Part 2
Some interesting insight into Bing Crosby from a biography of his costar in this series: Beverly Garland. Including confirmation he was a genuine nice guy and good to work with.
I barely remember there was such a series. I would have been about 12 or 13 when it aired. Around that time, or not long after, I repaired a broken Victrola and started buying old 78s, soon amassing a collection of Crosby lacquers. I wish I could have paid better attention, and recalled more clearly now, what Bing was doing on TV in those days. Of course then, he was still around, with no thought of losing him at the time.
In judging Bing's sitcom, it must be remembered that most sitcoms were pretty bad, even some people still want to see today would be horrible, if not for all the nostalgia they stir up in people. We have a channel locally that reruns "The Love Boat." My gawwwwwd, what a waste of electrons to broadcast that dreck again! In reflecting on Bing's TV career, we don't want to forget things like his amazing playing against type in "Dr. Cook's Garden" or his terrific character role in "Stagecoach." Then, too, besides his Christmas specials and many variety show appearances, we also don't want to forget Bing Crosby Productions and their role in producing shows like "Hogan's Heroes" which I think stands up to viewing again today better than most sitcoms that were ever made.
Last edited by Steve Fay (21/1/2015 4:03 pm)
A little off topic, but has anyone seen Gene Kelly in the television series of Going My Way. He plays Father O'Malley. I think it was for sale online a couple of years ago, but I never picked it up. I think it only lasted a year.