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I Surrender Dear (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Short | 13 September 1931 (USA)
Bing Crosby meets one of his fans, who won't believe it's him.

Director:

Mack Sennett

Writers:

John A. Waldron (story and dialogue), Earle Rodney (story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Bing
Arthur Stone ... Jerry
Luis Alberni ... Marquis
Julia Griffith Julia Griffith ... Peggy's Mother
Marion Sayers ... Peggy
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Storyline

A girl, in love with the radio voice of Bing Crosby, is kissed by him in mistake for his sister; she won't believe it's him, and in a slapstick search through hotel corridors for his new flame, Bing runs afoul of a married woman with jealous husband. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Connections

Edited into Down Memory Lane (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure They Call It Ireland)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Sung briefly by Bing Crosby in the hotel lobby
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The Song That Made Him A Star
23 November 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Mack Sennett short starring Bing Crosby has Bing with his friend Arthur Stone on the way to the train to meet his sister. He doesn't meet his sister, but he does meet the girl of his dreams in Marion Sayers.

Not that she's not willing to get involved with the hottest new radio singer around, but Marion's got a mother in Julia Griffith and a fiancé in Luis Alberni.

There's no real plot to this short subject other than Bing Crosby trying to convince Sayers that he is Bing Crosby and trying to avoid the hot tempered Alberni who carries a sword cane for protection and to defend his honor which gets repeatedly slighted. As it is in Mack Sennett shorts a sword cane is no match for a good swift kick in the posterior.

The title song of the short I Surrender Dear was the song that gained Bing Crosby his first radio show. Bing left the Gus Arnheim Orchestra and his Rhythm Boys partners and went out as a solo artist in 1930. He recorded I Surrender Dear and William Paley heard it while on a sea voyage. He couldn't get the singer out of his mind so when he reached land he gave out orders to sign that singer. As a result Crosby got his first radio show, a 15 minute evening broadcast on CBS radio for Cremo Cigars. Your hearing the song that made him a star in this short.

I Surrender Dear was written by Bing's Rhythm Boy partner Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford. Barris also contributed another song in this short At Your Command with words by Harry Tobias. Both of those early records are considered classics by Crosby collectors. The third song in this short is Out Of Nowhere by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman. It happens to be the first of two songs that Bing sang on that original first broadcast for CBS. It too is a Crosby classic.

I Surrender Dear, the record and the short, are a real treat for Crosby fans of all ages.


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