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Road to Singapore (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.

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Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.

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The soap suds used for Ace Lannigan's stain removing product Spot-O were special heavy duty suds created by the prop department to hold up under the hot lights. See more »

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During "Sweet Potato Piper", hand movements on the pipe bear little correlation with the notes played and, in one instance, two notes are heard before the pipe is brought to the mouth. See more »

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Ace Lannigan: I just want you to stand there and admire me for a while. I just got an idea that's gonna make us a fortune. I don't know how I do it.
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Followed by Road to Bali (1952) See more »

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Sweet Potato Piper
(1940)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Music by James V. Monaco
Performed by Bing Crosby (uncredited), Dorothy Lamour (uncredited) and Bob Hope (uncredited)
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10 October 2005 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

The first of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" series, and not the best.

What's wrong with it? People have complained that it is plot heavy but that's a little hard to swallow because the plot could be used to stuff a portobello mushroom.

The problem, I think, is that it's too serious, if you can believe it. When one of the guys loses Dorothy Lamour he acts as if he's really hurt, which destroys the ethos of the film. Too many songs, although none of them is worse than any of the ones that were to follow.

No ipsative gags. How could there be? There can't be any reference to earlier movies like this because there were no earlier movies like this. Bob Hope acts as if he is trying to follow the plot, instead of improvising and winging it. He hasn't become quite the cowardly miles gloriosus of the later films. Crosby is saddled with a past from which he's trying to escape. And the gags -- though lingered over -- just aren't there.

Yet it's not a bad movie. Two guys go to Southeast Asia and meet a girl. Everybody's good humored. It's diverting.

You won't be depressed after you see it.


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