Film » Movie with Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) » 01/7/2020 12:55 pm

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The fact that they talked about making a film together is interesting.  My pet/unevidenced theory is that the part of the General in White Christmas was written with him in mind.  William Boyd would have been a more natural person to evoke the affection the General does, and the General prominently walks with a limp.

Links » Quite a Bargain » 18/6/2020 6:40 pm

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what are the rarities you mention?

Film » Terror in the Wax Museum (1973) » 18/6/2020 6:38 pm

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I just finished watching this 1973 release from Bing Crosby Productions on Amazon Prime and it left me puzzled. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_in_the_Wax_Museum  I am curious what the thought process was behind its creation.  Its plot is a throw back to nonadventurous B pictures of the 1930s and 1940s.  They were making more daring television movies than this in the 1970s, not to mention the theatrical releases that this was competing with.  Castwise, its a sort of Love Boat of horror films and uses Ray Milland, Louis Hayward, Elsa Lancaster, Patrick Knowles, Broderick Crawford, Maurice Evans, and Ben Wright in prominent roles.  The director was relatively inexperienced, and its filming, which may be on videotape, isn't much more artful than your average soap opera. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it left me wondering why it was made?  Was it made in hopes of selling to television, but that never happened?  Was it made as a tax shelter, as was the case with many films of the period?  Was it made largely to give employment to many old stars?  Does anyone know?

Announcements » Bing on MeTV on April 27 » 08/5/2020 5:59 pm

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The two Bing Carol Burnett appearances are free to Amazon Prime members, along with most other Carol Burnett shows.  Unfortunately, they have all been edited down to 22 minutes,  Bing doesn't sing after the edits, but he seems to have had a nice surprise at the end of the one skit he was shown in in the 1969 episode.

Film » Roku » 08/5/2020 5:55 pm

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Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

I see that the films on the Bing Crosby channel are


  • Paris Honeymoon (1939)
  • Star Maker (1939)
  • Road to Rio (1947)
  • Duffy's Tavern (1945)
  • Mr. Music (1951)

I think everything on that list except Road to Rio is unavailable generally, so that's something.  How much did it cost?
 

Radio » Easter with Bing » 24/4/2020 5:38 pm

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There aren't too many Easter songs.  Does Bing sing anything Easter themed outside of Easter Parade?

Radio » Where are the recordings for the Christmas Sing with Bing Shows » 17/1/2020 7:58 pm

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A number are listed here: https://archive.org/details/ChristmasSingWithBingBroadcasts/1955+Christmas+Sing+With+Bing.mp3

The run times don't always look complete.  Also, 1959 and 1960 are still missing.  Does anyone know where they are?

Radio » Where are the recordings for the Christmas Sing with Bing Shows » 16/1/2020 8:36 pm

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According to Wikipedia, there were seven of these shows (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Sing_with_Bing_(1955–1962).  I understand that the first one was released as Through the Years Vol. 10.  However, where are the other six.  I understand why Bing's early 1930s radio shows are missing (although they'd be the top of my want list), but with so much radio material available somewhere on the internet, it is odd that these are missing.  Does anyone have access to these shows?

Television » WOH!!! HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!!!! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! » 27/11/2019 10:40 pm

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I have a new digital tuner from amazon coming   im hopeful

Television » WOH!!! HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!!!! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! » 27/11/2019 5:04 am

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Can someone record the unreleased ones and put them on dvd for me?  They’re precious.  Please pm me

Television » Shock! No Bing From Time Life No Mo » 28/8/2019 3:40 pm

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I'm just taking a guess, but I do know that when the Bing estate released some of the specials on DVD before, they ran into problems with music licensing, particularly from Universal.  I think that problem culminated in Universal acting as the agent for most of the Bing CDs.  The fact that they started selling the DVDs and then stopped with no mention indicates to me that they may have gotten a strong letter from some rights holder.  Either that, or the pressed copies contained unintentional errors that ruined them.

Links » The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums. What? No Crosby? Unbelievable. » 27/7/2019 4:49 am

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Many of Bing’s best recordings in the jazz vein were before the album era so that may be part of it.  Is there any 1950s album that people think is the best.

Member Introductions » New member! » 27/7/2019 4:46 am

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Personally, I find Bing’s 1930s recordings to be his overall best.  His voice was never better and the arrangements are often much more lively than what followed in later years

Others of Note » Dick Haymes - Empty Saddles » 27/7/2019 4:43 am

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Dick Haymes is the most underrated crooner of the 40s.  His Christmas recordings are remarkable and almost as frequently played as Bings at my house.  It’s too bad he didn’t catch the a Christmas wave to continue with that into the 60s and 70s like Bing and Perry Como

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 26/7/2019 7:14 pm

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I guess people actually got this.  It seems to have disappeared from Time-Life's website.  Does anyone know what happened?

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