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Director:
Writers:
Frank Butler (original screenplay) and
Don Hartman (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »
Tagline:
You'll Shriek At These Shieks! . . . trying the double - Oh! on Sheikess Dorothy Lamour!
Plot:
Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Well, I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle! See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Jeff Peters

Bob Hope ... Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy

Dorothy Lamour ... Princess Shalmar

Anthony Quinn ... Mullay Kasim
Dona Drake ... Mihirmah
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Hyder Khan
Mikhail Rasumny ... Ahmed Fey
George Givot ... Neb Jolla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Barron ... Giant Bearded Arab (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Yusef (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... Mabel (voice) (uncredited)
Abner Biberman ... Man (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Kasim's Aide (uncredited)
Dick Botiller ... Warrior (uncredited)
Rita Christiani ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Warrior (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Turkey's Servant (uncredited)

Yvonne De Carlo ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Theo De Voe ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
The Debonnaires ... Quartet Dancers (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
James Dime ... Kasim's Muscular Slave (uncredited)
Devi Dja ... (uncredited)
Edward Emerson ... Bystander (uncredited)
Brooke Evans ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Vic Groves ... Knife-Dancer (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Kasim's Aide (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... English Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Jewett ... Knife-Dancer (uncredited)
Pete G. Katchenaro ... Filipino Announcer (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Fruit Vendor (uncredited)
Louise La Planche ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Guard (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Chinese Announcer (uncredited)
Patsy Mace ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Pottery Vendor (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Arab Horseman Leader (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Russian Announcer (uncredited)
Sylvia Opert ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Sausage Vendor (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Idiot (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ... Male Camel (voice) (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Arab Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Jolla's Warrior (uncredited)
Dan Seymour ... Slave-Buyer (uncredited)
Nick Shaid ... Arab Guard (uncredited)
Sammy Stein ... Guard (uncredited)
Andrew Tombes ... Oso Bucco (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Girl on Camel (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Nubian Slave (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Handmaiden (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Man (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Butler 
 
Writing credits
Frank Butler (original screenplay) and
Don Hartman (original screenplay)

Erik Charell  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Barney Dean  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Arthur Phillips  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor 
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sidney Street .... unit manager (uncredited)
Sydney Streeter .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... second unit director (uncredited)
Hal Walker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound recordist (as Earl Hayman)
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Loren L. Ryder .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ted Wells .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Franklin .... music advisor
Victor Young .... musical director
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Oscard .... dances stager
Jamiel Hasson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
82 min (DVD) | 81 min (copyright length)
Country:
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8255) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
For use in this film, Paramount bought comedy routines originally written by Ralph Spence for his story "From Rags to Rhythm."See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Orville and Jeff are kissed by an amorous two-humped (Bactrian) camel. The camels in North Africa (Dromedaries) have only one hump. Bactrian camels are a much more the norm in Central Asia.See more »
Quotes:
[after an Arab gives Jeff a pile of money]
Turkey Jackson:How'd you get the spinach, old boy?
Jeff Peters: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?
Turkey Jackson:200 skins? Why, what for?
Jeff Peters:I sold him something.
Turkey Jackson:Well you've got nothing to sell! We've already hocked your pivot tooth.
Jeff Peters:It wasn't much, but it was all I had, and was he anxious to get it!
Turkey Jackson:What did you sell him?
Jeff Peters:Look, uh, Orville, I want you to keep very calm now. Don't get excited.
Turkey Jackson:[grabbing Jeff, nervous] What did you sell him?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
(We're Off on the) Road to MoroccoSee more »

FAQ

On the lifeboat, Jeff says to Orville, "I've got a T.L . for you." What did T.L. stand for?
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Well, I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle!, 18 March 2006
Author: (stevenlshoup) from United States

Typical Hope and Crosby nonsense. More of a "big budget home movie" than anything else, but funny and enjoyable anyhow.

By the Time "Morocco" was created, the Road Pictures had been embraced and enjoyed and the formula was set in stone: An exotic locale, Dorothy Lamour, a couple of songs and go easy on the script because Bob and Bing are gonna "jab-lib" their way through it regardless. The result here is a slick and entertaining yarn about absolutely nothing. Don't let the current climate of "Islam/Arab/Terrorism" mindset disturb you about the on screen antics because this was filmed in a different era and has nothing to do with the goings on in our world today.

Bing gets a chance to croon the very lovely Moonlight Becomes You, which to this day is still one of the most touching love songs ever written; Bob gets to do his "screen persona schtick" and it is hilarious; Dorothy has a forgettable song and a funny reprise of Moonlight Becomes You, sung in the desert accompanied by the boys and it is extremely funny. Anthony Quinn (who was a Road Picture Regular) returns in a typical villain role in which he does his best.

A couple of notes. Early in the picture Bob and Bing get involved with a camel who licks them. At the end of this routine as they prepare to ride away on the beast it spits at Bob. This was NOT in the script. The camel ad-libbed and the reactions of both Hope and Crosby are genuine. The director liked the take so much he used it in the final cut. Secondly, it took forever for the boys to sing the theme song, The Road to Morocco. It seems that every time they got to the lyric " . . . like Webster's Dictionary we're Morocco bound. . . " they'd break up over that lyric and would have to re-shoot the song.

It's a breezy, light-weight, fun evening with Der Bingle and Old Slope Nose. Make yourself a bowl of popcorn, grab a large soda and laugh away for 82 minutes. It'll do you good!

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