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Road to Hollywood Details


Road to Hollywood may have starred [[Performer~P15874~Bing Crosby~bingcrosby]], but it was by no means one of his popular "Road" pictures with [[Performer~P33168~Bob Hope~bobhope]]. In fact, it wasn't even a new film when released in 1946. Road to Hollywood is comprised of clips from Crosby's two-reel musical comedies made at the Mack Sennett studios between 1931 and 1932: I Surrender Dear, One More Chance, Dream House, The Billboard Girl, [[Feature~V124102~Blue of the Night~blueofthenight]] and Sing Bing Sing. Astor Pictures, a firm specializing in reissues of older films, owned the rights to these short subjects and had already made a mint distributing them to theatres in the early 1940s. Now Astor hoped to sustain the cash flow by excerpting the old Crosby films into a hazy "continuity," then passing the whole melange off as a "new" feature picture. Heavily advertised and craftily promoted, The Road to Hollywood was a success, making plenty of money for everyone but Bing Crosby and [[Performer~P110811~Mack Sennett~macksennett]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi