The Law of Contact

Two Plus Fours (August 10, 1930)

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Two Plus Fours
 

Released on August 10, 1930: Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys return to Tate College and when the chips are down help local tailor Ripstitch save his small shop from the evil landlord.

Produced by John C. Flinn

Directed by Ray McCarey

The Actors: Nat Carr (Max 'Ripstitch' Ginsberg the tailor), Thelma Hill (Mary Ginsberg, Max's Daughter), Bing Crosby (Bing, member of Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys), Harry Barris (Harry, member of Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys), Al Rinker (Al, member of Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys), Edgar Dearing (rent collector), Spec O'Donnell (Spec), Tom Hanlon (college boy wanting change for $100 bill)

 
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Paul Whiteman and the College Drop-Out

In 1920 Paul Whiteman was leading the best dance bands in Atlantic City and New York City with a unique blend of jazz and classical tunes, and by 1930 was the top bandleader for the new 'swing' music that was sweeping the nation. In 1925 two college boys at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington who earned money by singing and dancing dropped out of college to try show business full time. In 1926 the two boys had a small act in a Vaudeville theater in Los Angeles and a couple of musicians for the Paul Whiteman orchestra were in the audience and mentioned to Whiteman that they were pretty good. Paul Whiteman met them and offered them a job with his band, and that is when the trouble started. The audiences positively hated the two young boys' music, and even the Whiteman orchestra members begged Whiteman to drop them like a hot potato. It might have been the end for Bing Crosby and Al Rinker, but for some reason Whiteman had the inspiration to add a third man to the group, Harry Barris, and the trio had a great chemistry that wasn't present before, and the three went on to much success until one of the boys, Bing Crosby, when out on his own and became the legendary singer that most of us old-timers and avid golfers are very familiar with. In this 1930 comedy short the Rhythm Boys, including 27 year old Bing Crosby is part of a gang of college kids returning to Tate College who help save a struggling tailor from losing his shop. Several times those of you familiar with Bing Crosby's unique voice will be able to pick out his comments in the crowd scenes. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Bing Crosby watches Nat Carr
Bing Crosby watches Nat Carr
Bing Crosby singing with the boys
Bing Crosby singing with the boys
Edgar Dearing, Nat Carr and Thelma Hill
Edgar Dearing, Nat Carr and Thelma Hill
Edgar Dearing and Nat Carr
Edgar Dearing and Nat Carr
Edgar Dearing
Edgar Dearing
Harry Barris, Al Rinker and Bing Crosby
Harry Barris, Al Rinker and Bing Crosby
Nat Carr
Nat Carr
Nat Carr and Edgar Dearing
Nat Carr and Edgar Dearing
Nat Carr and Thelma Hill
Nat Carr and Thelma Hill
Nat Carr
Nat Carr
Nat Carr
Nat Carr
Spec O'Donnell
Spec O'Donnell
Thelma Hill
Thelma Hill
Thelma Hill and the boys
Thelma Hill and the boys
Thelma Hill
Thelma Hill

Tom Hanlon
Tom Hanlon