Movie Time’s Summer 2013 Schedule Announced
A Tribute To Bing Crosby
The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., along with leading Wisconsin film historian, Dale E. Kuntz, is pleased to announce Movie Time’s Summer 2013 Schedule: A Tribute to Bing Crosby, every other Wednesday night in the Museum’s Margaret Rahill Great Hall starting July 17, 2013. Films are free with museum admission, $7/person, $5/seniors & students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for visitors to view the mansion, screening begins at 7:30 p.m. These rare films from the 1940’s are shown in their original 16mm, reel-to-reel format from Kuntz’s own private collection. Prior to each film, Kuntz shares knowledge of the film industry and gives the inside scoop on each movie.
Dale E. Kuntz and the Charles Allis Art Museum are pleased to present, for the first time, a tribute to one of the best loved, most admired and, most imitated singer, movie star, and radio star of all time; Bing Crosby! Bing got his start in radio and soon became one of the most popular singers on the air. He made his film debut in the 1930’s King of Jazz. He had a cameo role as the lead singer with the Rhythm Boys. He then appeared in several Mack Sennett shorts. Because of his radio popularity, Paramount Studios cast him in The Big Broadcast of 1932. The film was a huge success, spawned several sequels, and made Bing a major movie star. He went on to star in 61 films. He also had guest appearances in several movies, mostly in Bob Hope’s films. Of all the films he made, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary, and The Country Girlwere nominated for Best Picture with Going My Way winning the award. Bing was also nominated for Best Actor in all three winning as well for Going My Way. Beyond acting Bing also introduced 15 songs that were nominated for Best Song, more than any other actor/singer. He also holds the record for winning songs including: Sweet Leilani, White Christmas, Swinging On A Star, In The Cool, Cool Evening. For three decades Bing was always a top ten box office star. In the early 1950’s he was the number one box office attraction in America.
Wednesday, July 17 Mississippi (1935, 73 min.) Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett, Gail Patrick
Wednesday, July 31 Waikiki Wedding (1937, 89min.) Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Bob Burns
Wednesday, Aug 14 Road to Morocco (1942, 83min.) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn
Wednesday, Aug 28 Dixie (1943, 89min.) Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Billy DeWolfe, Marjorie Reynolds
Wednesday, Sept 11 Road to Utopia (1945, 90min.) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke
Wednesday, Sept 25 Holiday Inn (1942, 101min.) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale
Film synopsis and photos available @ http://www.charlesallis.org/
General contact: 414/278-8295
About Dale Kuntz, Milwaukee Film Historian
Dale Kuntz has been sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion with Milwaukee audiences for over 30 years. He is President of Milwaukee Film Classics and the film society, FOOFS, Followers Of Old Films. He also teaches a Film History class at Cardinal Stritch University. As a free-lance writer, he has been published in local magazines such as Milwaukee Magazine and Exclusively Yours, as well as national film magazines and newspapers. Kuntz also collaborated with Phillip Castanza, New York City author, on the successful book, The Films of Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy.