Movie of the Week #18

Sing, Bing, Sing
(Babe Stafford; 1933)

There's a lot of things one can say about Sing, Bing, Sing: You can say it's a perfect showcase for the formidable song stylings of Bing Crosby at the height of his powers; the last film Produced by Mack Sennett to carry a lone echo of Keystone (though I personally prefer Frank Tuttle's faux-Rene Clair work in 1932's The Big Broadcast); the only opportunity one may ever get to see how Franklin Pangborn wielded a shotgun.

All of it is true.

But above all, you can say with great confidence that Sing, Bing, Sing is one of the strangest Musicals ever made.

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