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Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection (Double or Nothing / East Side of Heaven / Here Come the Waves / If I Had My Way / Waikiki Wedding)


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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Joan Blondell, Gloria Jean
  • Directors: Theodore Reed, David Butler, Frank Tuttle, Mark Sandrich
  • Writers: Frank Butler, Allan Scott, Don Hartman, Ken Englund, Walter DeLeon
  • Producers: Mark Sandrich, Jr. Arthur Hornblow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA4WRU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection (Double or Nothing / East Side of Heaven / Here Come the Waves / If I Had My Way / Waikiki Wedding)" on IMDb

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Bing Crosby's extraordinary singing, striking good looks and captivating screen presence made him a Hollywood legend. Five of his most timeless musicals can be enjoyed time and time again in the Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection. Featuring co-stars Martha Raye, Betty Hutton, Joan Blondell and Gloria Jean, these classic films illustrate the seemingly effortless acting and mellow singing style of an eternal screen legend. Waikiki Wedding It's up to press agent Tony Marvin (Bing Crosby) to maintain the "aloha" spirit when a beauty pageant winner (Shirley Ross) decides her grand prize trip to the islands is less than paradise. Double or Nothing The odds are in favor of fun when an eccentric millionaire's will has four honest people scrambling to double their received sum in thirty days in order to gain the entire estate. East Side of Heaven Cab driver Denny Martin (Bing Crosby) is driving to a new tune when he reluctantly receives an abandoned infant and embarks on a hilariously twisted path to find the baby's parents. If I Had My Way A little money, a lot of music, and a whole lot of manpower help a hopeful construction worker (Bing Crosby) and an orphaned girl (Gloria Jean) find her uncle and build a busting business. Here Come the Waves Ahoy sailor! Bing makes waves in Uncle Sam's fleet as a swinging crooner who decides to join the Navy and immediately sails into choppy romantic seas with two twin sisters.

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You may think you're a Bing Crosby fan, but if all you know is Holiday Inn, The Bells of St. Mary's, or the On the Road movies, brother, you only know half the story. Crosby had a rich, long film career, and this collection features some of the best of Der Bingle's lesser-known films: Waikiki Wedding, Double or Nothing , East Side of Heaven, If I Had My Way, and Here Come the Waves. All showcase Crosby's easygoing persona and, of course, plenty of crooning. Waikiki Wedding, for instance, costars Martha Raye, Anthony Quinn, and Shirley Ross, and features the Oscar-winning song "Sweet Leilani" and "Blue Hawaii." The premise of Double or Nothing could be a modern-day reality competition, with four people, including Raye again, feverishly trying to double their inheritance within a 30-day window. East Side of Heaven costars the always appealing Joan Blondell and showcases Crosby at his bemused best as a cabbie with an abandoned baby on his hands, trying desperately (and with a few showtunes) to find the infant's parents. In If I Had My Way, Crosby's a blue-collar worker who helps an orphan girl (Gloria Jean) find her long-lost uncle, and delivers a show-stopping version of the title song. And Here Come the Waves has Crosby as a popular songster enlisting and creating havoc in the Navy, falling for twins (played by Betty Hutton) and singing classics like "That Old Black Magic" and "Ac-cent-u-ate the Positive" (the latter, unfortunately, in blackface). The collection is a great cross-section of Crosby's career and shouldn't be missed by fans of him or of American film in the '40s. --A.T. Hurley

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The fun, the laughs, and the songs it's a great movie.
Ralph J. Fitcher
The restored IF I HAD MY WAY is a major find for movie-musical fans, and the DVD is highly recommended.
Scott MacGillivray
Quality of prints is excellent and the set was not announced or expected.
Mr. M. D. Crampton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Comegys VINE VOICE on August 27, 2006
This looks to be a pleasant set for fans of Bing Crosby. Since Amazon has not posted any product description for this set, here are the titles included with short descriptions (from imdb and allmovie).

Disc 1-

Waikiki Wedding (1937;dir. Frank Tuttle)- A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

Double Or Nothing (1937;dir. Theodore Reed)-In this lively musical, an eccentric philanthropist's will dictates that four people receive $5,000 with the stipulation that the first one who can double the amount-- without dishonesty-- will win a cool million. Hindering the four are the avaricious relatives of the late millionaire. Songs include: "It's On, It's Off," "Double or Nothing," "Listen My Children," "Smarty," "The Moon Got in My Eyes" and "After You."

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East Side Of Heaven (1939;dir. David Butler)-Bing Crosby plays a tune-happy cab driver who finds himself the reluctant recipient of an abandoned baby. Together with his roommate, dour doorman Mischa Auer, Crosby offers care and shelter to the infant until he can locate the parents.

If I Had My Way (1940;dir. David Butler)-In this musical drama, a construction worker becomes the guardian of a 12-year old girl after one of his buddies is killed. She and he head to New York to look for her uncle, a vaudevillian. With the help of a good pal, they soon find the uncle. The three searchers encounter trouble when the pal uses all their money to buy a ramshackle restaurant.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on December 28, 2006
We have this set strictly for IF I HAD MY WAY, the 1940 musical co-starring Bing Crosby and Gloria Jean. Every version that has appeared on television and in theaters for six decades has been Universal's 1946 reissue, which is missing some Gloria Jean footage and almost all of the featured appearances by vaudeville stars.

It is a pleasure to report that Universal consulted the original 1940 release for this sparkling DVD edition. The film is fully complete with all of its original (undoctored) titles. The entire score is on parade here, including Gloria Jean's charming "Little Grey Home in the West," seen and heard for the first time in 66 years. The guest-star specialties are intact: Blanche Ring and Eddie Leonard sing their signature numbers backed by Six Hits and a Miss; Paul Gordon does a trick-cycling act; Trixie Friganza, Julian Eltinge, and Grace La Rue appear as themselves.

A fine ensemble cast (El Brendel, Allyn Joslyn, Charles Winninger, Nana Bryant, Claire Dodd, Moroni Olsen, Donald Woods) lends fine support to Bing and Gloria, who sing memorably. If you like Bing Crosby, this is very enjoyable and highly representative of his talents. The restoration job is excellent, with the long-lost deletions artfully fitted back into the standard vault print. Picture and sound are also excellent. The restored IF I HAD MY WAY is a major find for movie-musical fans, and the DVD is highly recommended.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Starfire on December 12, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised to find this boxed set and even happier to discover they are all good quality transfers. These are not the double faced disks; two disks have two movies and a third has Here Come The Waves. My favorite is Waikiki Wedding, a funny story about a bored Miss Pineapple (Shirley Ross) and the lengths Bing will go to stop her from going home and ruining his career. Bob Burns is great as Bing's sidekick and keen eyed High Chaparral fans can spot a young Leif Ericson as Ross's irate boyfriend. Martha Raye's comedy is not really to my taste but that's just a personal opinion. She is also in Double or Nothing, along with Andy Devine.

There is not a bad movie in this set and I'm happy to see some of Bing's earlier work out on DVD, other than just Holiday Inn, Bells of St Mary and White Christmas. The music itself is timeless and these movies are just plain fun. Well worth buying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David on January 9, 2007
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Whilst not being near the best of Crosby's films, this welcome selection of rarities is great to see on DVD. Quality of transfer is high - Good light entertainment with a great selection of songs. Let's hope MCA/Universal release more of Bing's lesser known films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Johanson on August 1, 2007
Bing Crosby has starred in some of my favorite, and least favorite, movies. Appearing in over 100 motion pictures, he was one of the most popular performers of his time. This collection showcases five of his lesser known efforts. While none of them are as excellent as his classics "White Christmas" and "Going My Way", most of them can be enjoyed for what they are - lively low budget musicals. The best in the set are both included on the second disc. Also featuring child star Gloria Jean, "If I Had My Way" has godfather Crosby attempting to provide for the orphaned girl of his best friend. My personal favorite of the set, "East Side of Heaven" is a hilarious comedy about two bachelors who get stuck with a baby when the mother skips town during a custody battle for the child. I found that the others, while pleasant, were fairly forgettable. Of course Crosby's easy going persona and rich baritone are winning in every film he appears in. Unfortunately, there are no special features. All in all, I'd say that this is set of early Bing Crosby movies that never became classics.
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