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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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Trivia

Nominated in 1941 for "Best Picture" by the National Board of Review but did not win. See more »

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When Lamour and Crosby are in the rowboat on the lake, harp music plays when they dangle their hands in the water. At the end of the song Crosby sings, the harp music begins before Lamour puts her hand in the water. You can see her surprised look when she realizes she is late. See more »

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Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: [Cannibal burps] Must've been someone he ate.
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Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story (1982) See more »

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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME (HOME, SWEET HOME)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Sung a cappella by Bob Hope
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The funniest of the "Road" pictures! A comedy classic!
5 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

"The Road to Zanzibar" scores in all departments! The interplay between Hope, Crosby, and Lamour is outstanding. A wonderful addition to this trio comes in the form of Una Merkel, playing Lamour's friend. She and Bob Hope made an inspired dream comedy team. Their scenes together are hilarious. Dorothy Lamour displayed a biting comic edge to her lines not usually displayed in her comedies.

The photography is moody, diffuse, reminiscent of von Sternberg's films. A real treat for comedy and cinema fans!


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