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Release Date:
25 December 1947 (USA) See more »
Si, Si ! It's the maddest, merriest "Road" picture of all! You'll See! See more »
Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Scat Sweeney

Bob Hope ... Hot Lips Barton

Dorothy Lamour ... Lucia Maria de Andrade

Gale Sondergaard ... Catherine Vail

Frank Faylen ... Trigger

Joseph Vitale ... Tony

George Meeker ... Sherman Mallory

Frank Puglia ... Rodrigues

Nestor Paiva ... Cardoso

Robert Barrat ... Johnson

Stanley Andrews ... Capt. Harmon

Harry Woods ... Ship's Purser
The Wiere Brothers ... Three Musicians

The Andrews Sisters ... Andrews Sisters

Jerry Colonna ... Colonna
The Stone-Barton Puppeteers ... Puppeteers
The Carioca Boys ... Carioca Boys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Rudolph Andrean ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (uncredited)
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (uncredited)
Patty Andrews ... Patty (uncredited)
Don Avalier ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Lucille Barkley ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Rolando Barrera ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)

Al Bridge ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Mr. Stanton (uncredited)
Dolores Castle ... Aristocratic Brazilian (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Ship's Valet (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Martha Clemons ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Laura Corbay ... Gertrude - Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Ship's Barber (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ... Peasant (uncredited)
Lionel Dante ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Barker (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Meat Delivery Foreman (uncredited)
Rene Dussaq ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Jane Everett ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Ship Lounge Extra (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Texas Posse Member (uncredited)
Robbie Franks ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Jeanne Gail ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Steward (uncredited)
Norma Gentner ... Passenger / Hula Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Gomez ... Roustabout (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Roustabout (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Sideshow Audience Member (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Barker (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ship Lounge Extra (uncredited)

Brandon Hurst ... Barker (uncredited)

Tor Johnson ... Sandor (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Carnival Girl (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Steward (uncredited)
Tommy Ladd ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Butcher (uncredited)

Babe London ... Woman (uncredited)
John Mallon ... Second Stampman / Maitre d' / Barker (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Farmer (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frederic Nay ... Barker (uncredited)
William Newell ... Meat Stamper (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Butcher (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Stênio Osório ... Waiter (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Pratt ... Airline Hostess (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez ... Dignified Gentleman (uncredited)
Renee Randall ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Marquita Rivera ... Lead Singer and Dancer (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Brazilian Manservant (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Brazilian Pilot (uncredited)

Raul Roulien ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Max - Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Silva ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
George Sorel ... The Prefecto (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Buck (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Kathyrine Valk ... Spectator (uncredited)
Bonnie Vallarino ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Arthur Vallee ... Peasant (uncredited)
Tad Van Brunt ... Pilot (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Harry Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (uncredited)
Sylvester Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (uncredited)
Duke York ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Kay Young ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Stevedore (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
Writing credits
Edmund Beloin (original story) and
Jack Rose (original story)

Edmund Beloin (screenplay) and
Jack Rose (screenplay)

Barney Dean  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Daniel Dare .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Animation Department
Emery Hawkins .... animator: opening sequence (uncredited)
Jack Huber .... animator: opening sequence (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Burke .... lyrics by: new songs
Robert Emmett Dolan .... musical director
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arrangements
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Jimmy Van Heusen .... music by: new songs
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Billy Daniel .... dances staged by
Bernard Pearce .... dances staged by
Louis Oliveira .... technical advisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12478) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Contains one of the earliest (and repeated) uses of the word 'groovy' in film, predating its 1947 use in advertising spots for the film 'Miracle on 34th Street'.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Throughout the film Frank Faylen's character is called "Harry" but on the closing credits he's listed as portraying "Trigger".See more »
Hot Lips Barton:[Staring at Lucia's very tight gown] How'd you put that on - with a spraygun?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)See more »
OLHA ELLASee more »


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Entertaining buddy farce, 15 December 2016
Author: weezeralfalfa from United States

Presently available on DVD packaged with the DVD for the next Road series: "The Road to Bali" Expect the same basic format as in the previous films of this series. As in most of these films, the boys(Bing and Hope) begin as ne'er-do-well struggling entertainers. This time they begin as a song and dance team, singing "We're on our way to Apalachicola". Next, Hope rides a bicycle on a high wire, with disastrous results. He falls and, in the chaos, a fire is started that consumes the circus tent. They flee as stowaways on a liner to Rio. After stealing a suit of clothes, they encounter Lucia(Dorothy Lamour) leaning over the deck railing, as if she's ready to jump in the ocean. They dissuade she and make friends with her. They hide in a lifeboat, then duck into a barber shop, where they trick the barber into a closet and continue working on his customer, especially clipping his mustache. This is very similar to to the episode in the prior Marx Brother's "Monkey Business", and I would imagine some other films. In both cases, the situation could have been further exploited for more laughs. Meanwhile, an evil middle-aged woman: Mrs. Vail, has hypnotized Lucia with her star sapphire necklace, into identifying the boys as the stowaways. and to say she despises them. They are given an opportunity to join the ship's orchestra, with "Hot Lips" Hope playing the trumpet and Bing the clarinet and singing. Mysteriously, soap bubbles emerge from Hope's trumpet when he plays(yes, stupid). The Andrew Sisters team with Bing, singing "You Don't Have to Know the Language.

Mrs. Vail continues to try to get rid of the boys as romantic rivals to her brother whom she wants to force Lucia to marry so that she can obtain some important papers and control Lucia, presently being her guardian. Thus, the boys and 2 goons hired by Mrs. Vail play cat and mouse. She offers them $10,000. to scram, then hypnotizes them to fight a pistol duel with each other. I will leave their further adventures for you to see.

The circus fire event near the beginning recalls the circus tent fire in "Road to Zanzibar", which also induced them to flee.

I don't understand why the cavalry unit riding toward the wedding celebration was included periodically. They have no role in the boys' escape from their predicament.

At one point, Hope is assumed dead of a gun wound, then 'wakes up' after a while. This reminds me of some cheap westerns where the hero is apparently dead, then 'wakes up'.

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