A fantastic 8 disc special edition box set featuring some of the finest Bing Crosby movies going. Rhythm On The River (Dir. Victor Schertzinger 1940): Bing Crosby and Mary Martin play a pair of star-crossed ghostwriters he of melody and she of lyrics who discover that the man they write for is a fake but their love for each other is real. Rhythm On The Range (Dir. Norman Taurog 1936): Bing plays a singing cowboy out where the b-b-b-buffalo roam in this lighthearted musical western. Birth Of The Blues (Dir. Victor Schertzinger 1941): Bing Crosby is Jeff Lambert... a clarinet player who is out to start a band called the Basin Street Hot-Shots. When Betty Lou (Martin) joins as vocalist romance ensues between everyone involved stirring things up a bit. The film pays homage to Dixieland greats such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and contains many musical numbers filled with cool clarinets and sizzling jam sessions such as: ""Birth of the Blues"" ""Melancholy Baby"" ""St. Louis Blues"" and ""St. James Infirmary."" Blue Skies (Dir. Stuart Heisler 1941): The owner of a nightclub (Crosby) and a dancing star (Astaire) play friends turned romantic rivals in this musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. A nostalgic loosely constructed musical that follows the years-long rivalry between two musical stars who love the same woman. Paul Draper rather than Astaire was originally cast in the role of the disk jockey. The Emperor Waltz (Dir. Billy Wilder 1948): Bing Crosby stars as Virgil H. Smith a phonograph salesman plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Believing that if he's able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I the rest of Austria will soon follow his example Virgil attempts to gain access to the man. After he's refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb he meets Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska (Joan Fontaine) when his mutt gets into a fight with her pedigreed poodle which has just been chosen to mate with that of the emperor and the owners part on bad terms. When Virgil again tries to approach the emperor while he's hunting in the Australian Tyrol the vindictive Johanna happens to be present and sees to it that Virgil is deported. However the Countess' dog Scheherazade soon suffers a nervous breakdown and the attending veterinarian a strict Freudian insists that Virgil's dog must return to re-enact their conflict. A Connecticut Yankee (Dir. Tay Garnett 1949): The musical version of Mark Twain's 1889 novel. Bing plays a blacksmith who is knocked out and wakes up in the days of King Arthur. He is proclaimed a wizard and experiences many knightly adventures. Songs crooned include ""Busy Doing Nothing"" and ""Once and For Always."" Going My Way (Dir. Leo McCarey 1944): Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley (Bing Crosby) led a colorful life of sports song and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy but his level gaze and twinkling eyes make it clear that he knows he made the right choice. After joining a parish O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of kids looking for direction and handle the business details of the church-building fund winning over his aging conventional superior (Barry Fitzgerald). The Bells Of St. Mary's (Dir. Leo McCarey 1945): Bing Crosby reprising his role as worldly-wise Father Chuck O'Malley and introduces Crosby's beloved song ""Aren't You Glad You're You?"" Father O'Malley is transferred to the soon-to-be-condemned school run by Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) and the two quickly match wits and stubbornness eventually finding a middle ground. [show more]
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An 8 disc special edition box set featuring the cream of Crosby's career; 'Rhythm On The River' (1940), 'Rhythm On The Range' (1936), 'Birth Of The Blues' (1941), 'Blue Skies' (1941), 'The Emperor Waltz (1948), 'A Connecticut Yankee' (1949), 'Going My Way' (1944) and 'The Bells Of St. Mary's' (1945).