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Bing Crosby croons in this romantic comedy about a newspaper reporter who wants to adopt two war orphans. In order to do so, though, he must have a wife, and, unfortunately, his former fiancee (a stunning Jane Wyman) is about to wed a dashing millionaire. The reporter must win her back in five days, with whatever it takes: songs, cute kids, even a little help from the F.B.I.


Here Comes the Groom was the second collaboration between director Frank Capra and star Bing Crosby. Though not as "socially relevant" as previous Capra productions, the film is a thoroughly likeable yarn about a happy-go-lucky newspaperman named Pete (Bing Crosby). In order to legally adopt a brace of war orphans, Pete must marry within a week. His plans to wed his longtime sweetheart Emmadel (Jane Wyman) come acropper when she, tired of waiting for him to pop the question, becomes engaged to wealthy Wilbur Stanley (Franchot Tone). Conspiring with Wilbur's cousin Winifred (Alexis Smith), Pete spends the balance of the film trying to win Emmadel back. From all accounts, the set of Here Comes the Groom was a happy one, the conviviality extending to Alexis Smith's willingness to be on the receiving end of several jokes concerning her height (she seems nearly a head taller than Crosby!). The film's best scene is the Bing Crosby-Jane Wyman duet "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," reportedly filmed in one take without post-dubbing. As a bonus, Here Comes the Groom introduces a bright new singing talent, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and is festooned with uncredited guest stars, ranging from Dorothy Lamour to Louis Armstrong. ~ Hal Erickson

Review from Amazon.com

With the legendary Frank Capra ("It's a Wonderful Life") in the director's seat, the inimitable Bing Crosby stars as an overseas reporter with a song in his heart...and room left over for two war orphans. They are his to adopt, if he can find a bride in just five days! His former fiancée is the perfect candidate, but she's destined to marry millionaire Franchot Tone. Or is she? Among the highlights of this sparkling musical romp is Der Bingle's crooning of the Oscar-winning song, "In The Cool, Cool Of The Evening."


The film won the Academy Award for Best Song for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, and was nominated for Best Original Story, story by Liam O'Brien and Robert Riskin.

Bing Crosby also received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.


Bing Crosby as Peter 'Pete' Garvey

Jane Wyman as Emmadel Jones

Alexis Smith as Winifred Stanley

Franchot Tone as Wilbur Stanley

James Barton as William 'Pa' Jones

Robert Keith as George Degnan

Jacques Gencel as Bobby (as Jacky Gencel)

H.B. Warner as Uncle Elihu

Beverly Washburn as Suzi

Nicholas Joy as Uncle Prentiss

Connie Gilchrist as Ma Jones

Ian Wolfe as Uncle Adam

Walter Catlett as Mr. McGonigle

Ellen Corby as Mrs. McGonigle

Alan Reed as Walter Godfrey

James Burke as O'Neill, Policeman

Minna Gombell as Mrs. Godfrey

Irving Bacon as Baines, Butler

Howard Freeman as Governor

Ted Thorpe as Paul Pipitt

Maidel Turner as Aunt Abby

Art Baker as Radio announcer

Anna Maria Alberghetti as Theresa

Chris Appel as Marcel Lily, an orphan

Patty Lou Arden as Bobby Soxer

Louis Armstrong as Himself, Cameo Appearance

Anne Beck as Bridesmaid

Mary Benoit as Guest

Mimi Berry as Bridesmaid / Guest

Gail Bonney as Telephone Operator

Eddie Borden as Neighbor

Hazel Boyne as Bit Role

Paul Bradley as Magazine Photographer

John F. Bray as Bit Part

Ralph Brooks as First Chauffeur

Ivan Browning as Dino, the 2nd Chauffeur

Rosalee Calvert as Bridesmaid

Charles D. Campbell as Usher

Sue Casey as Bridesmaid

Evelyn Ceder as Guest

André Charlot as French Doctor

Beulah Christian as Bit Role

Les Clark as Usher / Steward

Lorraine Clark as Stewardess

Nancy Clark as Bridesmaid

Connie Conrad as Seamstress

James Cornell as Bit Role

Betty Corner as Seamstress

Isabel Cushin as Neighbor

Cass Daley as Herself, Cameo Appearance

Adeline De Walt Reynolds as Aunt Amy

Neal Dodd as Priest

Mike Donovan as Bit Role

Don Dunning as Passenger on airplane

June Earle as Guest

Estelle Etterre as Bit Role

Charles Evans as Mayor, Wedding Guest

Franklyn Farnum as Passenger on airplane

Julia Faye as Passenger on airplane

Gwenn Fields as Neighbor

James Finlayson as Drunken Sailor / Wedding Guest

Bess Flowers as Emmadel's Friend at Bridal Shower

Frank Fontaine as Crazy Gugenheim

George Ford as Usher

Gerry Ganzer as Bridesmaid

Diane Garrett as Bridesmaid

Joe Gilbert as Usher

June Glory as Guest

Herschel Graham as Usher

Marion Gray as Maid

Claude Guy as Orphan

Frank Hagney as Passenger on airplane

Charles Halton as Cusick

Charmienne Harker as Guest

Phil Harris as Himself, Cameo Appearance

Sam Harris as Wedding Guest

Jimmy Hawkins as McGonigle Boy

Timmy Hawkins as McGonigle Boy

June Hedin as Neighbor

Jerry James as Bit Role

Dolly Jarvis as Bit Role

Howard Joslin as Newsreel cameraman

Kenner G. Kemp as Wedding Guest

Lola Kendrick as Guest

Donald Kerr as Neighbor

Karen Kester as Neighbor

Ann Kunde as Bit Role

Dorothy Lamour as Herself, Cameo Appearance

Charles Lane as FBI agent Ralph Burchard

Michele Lange as French matron

Charles LaVere as Wedding Rehearsal Pianist

J. Farrell MacDonald as Husband on Airplane

Warren Mace as Usher

Anthony Mazzola as Orphan

Patty McCormack as Orphan

Walter McGrail as Newsreel director

Stanley McKay as Bit Role

Bill Meader as Reporter

Louis Mercier as French Mailman

Harold Miller as Wedding Guest

John 'Skins' Miller as Drunken Sailor on Stairs / Wedding Guest

Hans Moebus as Bit Role

Ralph Montgomery as Customs Immigration Official

Lyle Moraine as Bridegroom / Pilot

Odette Myrtil as Gray lady

Carol Nugent as McGonigle Girl

Judy Nugent as McGonigle Girl

Frank O'Connor as Wedding Guest

Stanley Orr as 2nd Butler

Christian Pasques as Orphan

Angos Perez as Orphan

Nita Pike as Magazine Photographer

Ed Randolph as Photographer

Joe Recht as Florist

Robert Rich as Usher

Jack Roberts as Steward.Photographer

Kasey Rogers as Maid

Peter Roman as Orphan

Frances Sandford as Telephone Operator

Cosmo Sardo as Usher

Warren Schannon as McGonigle Boy

Almira Sessions as Wife on airplane

Lynn Starr as Bridesmaid

Bert Stevens as Dress Designer

Charles Sullivan as Express Photographer

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer as Messenger

Marie Thomas as Stewardess

Kathryn Towne as Guest

Josephine Whittell as Esther, Secretary

Douglas Wright as Official


Directed by
Frank Capra 

Writing credits
Robert Riskin story and treatment "You Belong to Me" and
Liam O'Brien story
Virginia Van Upp, Liam O'Brien, and Myles Connolly - screenwriters
Barney Dean uncredited
Charles Hoffman uncredited
Arthur Sheekman uncredited

Produced by
Irving Asher - associate producer
Frank Capra - producer

Cinematography by
George Barnes

Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 

Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick
Hal Pereira 

Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 

Costume Design by
Edith Head 

Makeup Department
Wally Westmore - makeup supervisor
Geraldine Cole - hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. - assistant director

Sound Department
John Cope - sound recordist
Harry D. Mills - sound recordist

Special Effects by
Gordon Jennings - special effects
Paul K. Lerpae - special effects 

Wanda Crellin - stunts
Clara Mortensen - stunts

Camera and Electrical Department
Farciot Edouart - process photographer

Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley - musical director
Van Cleave - special orchestral arranger

Other crew
Charles O'Curran - dance director

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