Road to Bali (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical  |  8 April 1953 (France)
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Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure,love and trouble.



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Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favours of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive produces a chest of priceless jewels which arouses the less romantic interest of some shady locals. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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TOGETHER AGAIN! the BEST and FUNNIEST "Road" Picture Yet!


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Release Date:

8 April 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Road to Hollywood  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bob Hope makes an obscure joke about the Chicago musicians union. He shows Bing Crosby his snake-charmer instrument and says, "Hey, I've been playing this flute all night. Have to clear it with Petrillo." He was referring to James Petrillo, the heavy-handed president of the Chicago Musician's Union. See more »


When George, Harold and Lala are chased away from the African Queen by the tiger, Lala has flowers at the back of her hair. When they entered the village in the next shot, the flower display is over Lala's right ear. See more »


Harold Gridley: You collapsable Como!
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Follows Road to Utopia (1945) See more »


Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
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"He's gonna sing, folks. Now's the time to go out and get the popcorn."
5 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Trying to avoid shotgun weddings, two entertainers (Bob Hope, Bing Crosby) run away and take jobs as deep sea divers. This leads them to Bali and princess Dorothy Lamour. Inevitably both guys vie for Dorothy's affections while tangling with bad guys and a giant squid.

Routine 'Road' picture with the notable difference of it being in color. Hope and Crosby are always fun, especially when they break the fourth wall. Lamour is lovely in color. This was her last film for ten years. Some of the gags are tired but there are still lots of yuks. Also some decent songs. Overall the likable personalities of the trio keep it afloat. Jane Russell, Martin & Lewis, and Humphrey Bogart (through African Queen footage) all have cameos. There is one rather odd sequence where Dorothy dreams of her childhood pet monkey and we see a real chimp wearing a very creepy Bob Hope mask.

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