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The first but certainly not the best or funniest "Road" movie starring Crosby, Hope and Lamour, but just about worth a look, if only to see the component features of a successful formula slotting into place.
The situations are there, the locations too, but the laughs strangely aren't. Perhaps it was later in the series that Hope got his gag-writers to perk things up somewhat. There are five songs on board, none of them especially memorable and for my money they slow down the action in any case. The "patticake" routine also gets done to death.
On the plus side, the chemistry of Hope and Crosby is there for all to see and Lamour is a rare combination of demure and exotic. A young Anthony Quinn gets a mild run-out too as Lamour's treacherous "minder".
The producers must have seen these things in embryonic mode and a good thing too. Sharper writing plus the growing familiarity amongst the three leads was to make all the difference, on a different road of course.
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