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Reportedly at the request of Marion Davies herself, Bing Crosby was borrowed from Paramount for the MGM Davies vehicle Bing Crosby. Der Bingle plays a struggling crooner who falls in love with Davies, a French teacher in a girl's school. He rises to fame and fortune in Hollywood, leaving Davies behind. She trails after him and becomes a movie star in her own right, supplanting Crosby's current vis-a-vis, the seductive Fifi D'Orsay. Hero and heroine are reunited in a lyrical finale. Some of the best moments in Bing Crosby belong to Patsy Kelly, making her movie debut as Davies' wisecracking chum, and to the Radio Rogues, a comedy singing act specializing in impressions of contemporary radio celebrities. As was his wont, publisher William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies' very good friend, was present throughout the filming, making it difficult indeed for Bing Crosby to "lose himself" in the kissing scenes. The gloriously oversized production numbers include "Temptation" (given an astoundingly seductive rendition by a worldly Bing Crosby) and the high-kickin' title song. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 22, 1933


Marion Davies
as Sylvia Bruce
Bing Crosby
as Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay
as Lili Yvonne
Stuart Erwin
as Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks
as Bert Conroy
Patsy Kelly
as Jill
Bobby Watson
as Jack Thompson
Sterling Holloway
as Radio Technician
Sam McDaniel
as Porter
Clara Blandick
as Miss Perkins
Sam McDaniel
as Porter
Sterling Holloway
as Radio Technician


Raoul Walsh
Walter Wanger
Frances Marion
Screen Story
Donald Ogden Stewart
George Folsey
Arthur Freed
Composer (Music Score)
Nacio Herb Brown
Composer (Music Score)
Merrill Pye
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Albertina Rasch