HOLIDAY INN
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

In an all-too-rare pairing, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as song-and-dance men vying for the heart of Marjorie Reynolds while performing at a club open only on holidays. Irving Berlin supplied the film’s story and all of its songs, including Oscar winner “White Christmas.” This musical gem inspired the name of the famous hotel chain.


GOING MY WAY
1944, Universal, 126 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

In his most famous movie role, Bing Crosby plays Father Chuck O’Malley, a young priest sent to take over a troubled New York City parish from the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), who doesn’t know he’s being replaced. Undeniably sentimental yet undeniably moving, this feel-good comedy-drama earned seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Crosby), Supporting Actor (Fitzgerald) and Song (“Swinging on a Star”).


ROAD TO UTOPIA
1946, Universal, 90 min, USA, Dir: Hal Walker

For those who’ve been looking for Utopia, it turns out it’s somewhere in Alaska. This fourth Hope-Crosby comedy casts the duo as turn-of-the-century vaudevillians who head for the Klondike when they get their hands on the map to a gold mine; the ever-charming Dorothy Lamour is the map’s rightful owner. As the film’s narrator, humorist Robert Benchley gets in some hilarious quips, but Bing and Bob don’t need much help - ROAD TO UTOPIA is one of their funniest pairings


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