At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »
Jeff and Turkey, two wild and crazy guys adrift on a raft in the Mediterranean, are cast away on a desert shore and hop a convenient camel to an Arabian Nights city where Turkey soon finds himself sold as a slave...to luscious Princess Shalmar of Karameesh. Naturally, Jeff would like to rescue Turkey from this "dire" fate, even if it means taking his place! But they haven't figured on virile desert chieftain Mullay Kassim, who has designs on the princess himself... Written by
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The movie is considered the first feature film to break the fourth wall, meaning that a character speaks directly to the audience. See more »
When Orville exits the fruit vendor's shop to look for Jeff, the shadow of the microphone boom is briefly visible on the wall behind him. See more »
[after an Arab gives Jeff a pile of money]
How'd you get the spinach, old boy?
Funny thing, a guy I've never seen before in my life gives me 2,500 Kolacs... . that's 200 federal diplomas, are you listening?
200 skins? Why, what for?
I sold him something.
Well you've got nothing to sell! We've already hocked your pivot tooth.
It wasn't much, but it was all I had, and was he anxious to get it!
What did you sell him?
Look, uh, Orville, I want you to keep very calm now. Don't get excited.
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When the ocean liner carrying Jeff and Orville is sunk, they find themselves washed up and on the way to Morocco. In pay for food Jeff sells Orville to a man only to find that Orville has been sold on to Princess Shalmar and is now to marry her. However the princess is only marrying Orville as her first wed is cursed to die within a week leaving her free to marry Mullay Kassim.
Like an old pair of shoes, the road to movies may not be fantastic but they're comfortable and safe. This is actually one of the better road movies, the plot, though silly, is quite focused and doesn't go off on flights of fancy like some others. The focus of the plot allows a safe environment for Hope and Crosby to do their double act within. The love interest is OK but really it slows the film down a bit.
Crosby is good as ever and gets to do his songs on a regular basis, but really the star is Hope. His Orville is cowardly, treacherous and selfish but he manages to be sympathetic and funny. This is all down to Hope's wit, timing and deliver he is a genuine showman. Stars in the shape of Lamour and Quinn are diverting but this is a Crosby/Hope vehicle all the way.
One of the better Road movies this is funny in an old fashioned way.
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