Crosby is raw and revealing in this role, going from successful to pathetic to mean to moving. THE COUNTRY GIRL had something else in common with 1954's A STAR IS BORN. Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin wrote new songs for Judy Garland to introduce in her acclaimed remake. One, "The Man That Got Away," was an Oscar nominee for Best Song. It should have won, but it didn't. (See Garland sing in it my previous blog post.) Arlen and Gershwin also wrote new songs for Crosby to sing in THE COUNTRY GIRL and one is a beauty that fits the tone and emotional journey of the film like a velvet glove. For Frank Elgin (Crosby) it was a hit record that also marked the most horrible day of his life. In flashback, we see the broken down Elgin recall the recording session that happy day before tragedy struck. Here's "The Search Is Through."
Both lost to "Three Coins in the Fountain" from the movie of the same name.
Two years later, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly reteamed for the colorful MGM musical comedy HIGH SOCIETY with songs by Cole Porter. The 1956 musical remake of 1940's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY co-starred Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm and Louis Armstrong. Bing and Grace took on the roles previously played by Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn as they introduced the song, "True Love." It brought Cole Porter an Oscar nomination for Best Song.
To see singer/actor Bing Crosby at his film acting best, watch THE COUNTRY GIRL.