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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:
One of the best I've seen in a while 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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
82 min (DVD) | 81 min (copyright length)
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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:
Paramount shot two endings for the film. The one not used had Bob Hope and Bing Crosby enlisting in the Marines and ended with the line "See you on the road to Tokyo."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Orville is wearing a shiny overcoat when the maiden comes to tell him that Jeff is in the courtyard. Orville then pulls the coat back over his shoulder.See more »
Quotes:
Jeff Peters:We must storm the place.
Turkey Jackson:You storm. I'll stay here and drizzle.
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Movie Connections:
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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of the best I've seen in a while, 27 April 2000
Author: Calysta from Sydney, Australia

Talking camels that manifest falsehood in moments of battle. Best friend rivalry over a beautiful princess in another distant time, in another exotic setting. Unconvincing sets of desert and sea make viewing a bit of an eyesore for those wary of its artificial conception. However, the interiors are done with just the right touch incapable for MGM to create with over doing the sets entirely without a hint of Ziegfeld. Nor is anyone overdressed inappropriately.

Even better, "Morocco" has a hilarious and brilliant script directed by a Paramount director that obviously has an important asset essential for the trademark mix of these films, a sense of humour. Some of the most memorable scenes from any of the "Road" films occur in "Road to Morocco". And they certainly couldn't belong anywhere else.

Perhaps today the third film of the series is unjustly best remembered for some of the hit songs it spawned, "Moonlight Becomes You" and the title song. However, other songs featured in the score should not be forgotten, despite the loveliness and catchiness of the other two.

However, this film has something brilliant going for it that is sometimes missing in other screwball or highly comic films of the era. There is no Cary Grant, and no Carole Lombard. Yet all the actors manage successfully with zany screwball antics typically capable of the above at the highest of standards. The best thing the film has is Bing, Bob and Dottie and the teaming of the trio should not be forgotten as possibly one of the best in comedies.

What this film must have done to wartime morale is amazing in a solemn era difficult to forget post Depression era. Yet today it remains as fresh as ever and anything else featuring Crosby, Hope and Lamour should not be passed over. It was certainly an unexpected gem of a surprise, and probably one of the few movies where the same jokes can get away with working twice.

Whatever its flaws, "Morocco" is one of my twenty favourite films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and the fact it's got a short time is even a greater bonus.

Yet once the all too rare movie magic of the film sets in, you never want the road to end.

Rating: 10/10

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