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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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in San Francisco Sunday 11 January 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5). In Philadelphia it was first aired place Friday 1 May 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Phoenix 7 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Los Angeles 3 June 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Pittsburgh 11 August 1960 on KDKA (Channel 20< and in Chicago 21 August 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 5 March 2002 as part of Universal's Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection, and again 4 May 2004 as part of Universal's On the Road with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection, and, since that time, has enjoyed frequent presentations on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

Mima's guitar can be heard throughout "Sweet Potato Piper", even when she's not playing it. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lannigan: I need some air.
Joshua Mallon IV: The night air is bad for you junior, back in the net.
Ace Lannigan: Yeah, now I know how a salmon feels.
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Followed by Road to Utopia (1945) 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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not the best entry in the series, but it's the one that started it all
17 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I love the "Road" series (I've seen all except "Zanzibar"), and I'm glad that someone saw the potential to become a great series that "Road to Singapore" had. I might not have seen this potential from the first film; the jokes were weaker and sparser than some of their later work. But many of the jokes were funny, and they even worked some drama in there, something missing from their later films; you can decide for yourself if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It's worth checking out, but see "Morocco" and "Utopia" first (and maybe "Zanzibar").


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