Starring: Bing Crosby
Plot: Producer-director Bud Pollard was at this time primarily doing low-budget films with all-black casts, but the year before he had stitched together clips from three Educational Pictures/Mack Sennett short comedies starring Danny Kaye and released it as “Birth of a Star.” Theaters could get the film as a cheap second feature, and use a big star’s name on the marquee.
In this movie, Pollard did the same thing with four Educational Pictures/Mack Sennett shorts (two of them directed by Sennett himself) that Bing Crosby had done: “I Surrender Dear,” 1934; “One More Chance,” 1931; “Billboard Girl,” 1932; and “Dream House,” 1933. These were all two-reel comedies in which Crosby did physical slapstick comedy in the Sennett tradition (and did it very well) and sang his hit songs. Pollard himself appears on-screen to do a rather awkward narration that stitches the clips together, and ends the film with a short mawkish tribute to Crosby that nominates him for film-star sainthood.
Crosby fans and people who like silent and early sound slapstick comedies will enjoy this compilation.