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Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

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Chuck and his pal Fearless flee a South African carnival when their sideshow causes a fire. After several similar escapades, they've finally saved enough to return to the USA, when Chuck spends it all on a "lost" diamond mine. But that's only the beginning; before long, a pair of attractive con-women have tricked our heroes into financing a comic safari, featuring numerous burlesque jungle adventures... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S THAT GLEESOME THREESOME AGAIN! Giving you your worth in mirth! Toping [sic] all the fun in "Road to Singapore!" (original print media ad, includes misspelling of "Topping")


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11 April 1941 (USA)  »

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Der Weg nach Sansibar  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally, this film was not supposed to be a sequel to Road to Singapore (1940); in fact, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were not even supposed to be in it. The film was first offered to Fred MacMurray and George Burns, who both rejected it. While assembling a list of contract Paramount stars to offer it to, someone at the studio remembered that "Road to Singapore" had done relatively well, and Hope and Crosby "seemed to work well together", so it was offered to them. The rest, as they say, is history. See more »

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Stunt double for Bob Hope when he fights the gorilla. See more »

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Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: [as they are about to leave with the villan] We're going with them...
Chuck Reardon: We're going with them...
Hubert 'Fearless' FrazierChuck Reardon: We're going with them.
[an understanding look]
Hubert 'Fearless' FrazierChuck Reardon: [starting the routine] Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man. Bake a cake as fast as you...
[both are hit on the head by a goon. The two fall]
Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: He must've seen the picture!
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Followed by The Road to Hong Kong (1962) See more »

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YOU'RE DANGEROUS
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Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
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A decent follow-up to ROAD TO SINGAPORE
31 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's funny, but after seeing ROAD TO ZANZIBAR and ROAD TO MOROCCO in the same night, I have a hard time remembering any of the gags in ZANZIBAR. It's not that it's a bad movie, it certainly isn't, but it also isn't as refined and memorable as the next (3rd) installment in the "Road" series.

Starting with this film, Hope and Crosby begin treating each other a lot worse and this dog eat dog style of humor worked well. A great example is when the film begins we find that Crosby has convinced Hope to become "Fearless Frazier"--a daredevil who is always risking his life in a variety of schemes thought up by Crosby.

Although the film begins in the States, it somehow manages to end up in Africa--with all the usual expected clichés and fun. Not surprisingly, they find cannibals and a gorilla (who is the usual "guy in a gorilla suit"--something seen in practically every jungle picture of the era). And, even less surprisingly, we find Dorothy Lamour (along with her pal, played by screen veteran Una Merkel) in Africa--falling for you-know-who! While none of this is fantastic or inspired, the film is very pleasant and fun. The only serious negative is that there are too many songs, plus none are particularly memorable. A decent follow-up to ROAD TO SINGAPORE, though not one of the very best of the series.


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