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Road to Bali (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical  |  8 April 1953 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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


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Celebrity/pop cultural references: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan, and the Academy Awards. See more »

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When they are on the island, Lala has no flower in her hair, then flowers at the back of her ponytail and then a big flower on the side of her head - it keeps changing. Also, her skirt is quite long up until the time the crocodile is after Bob Hope in the pond. But in the next scene, her skirt is about thigh-high. See more »

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[performing for Princess Lala's court as Scottish bagpipers, a humorous homage to her late Scottish father, MacTavish]
Harold Gridley: Say, Haggis!
George Cochran: What is it, MacBaggis?
Harold Gridley: Have you heard the latest about MacTavish?
George Cochran: What's he done now?
Harold Gridley: I heard he's living on the roof!
George Cochran: Why would he be living on the roof?
Harold Gridley: Because he heard someone say, "Drinks are on the house!"
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THE MERRY GO RUNAROUND
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour
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Silly fun
4 July 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Not the boys' best, but hardly their worst. That honor falls to ROAD TO SINGAPORE, with ROAD TO HONG KONG a close second. In their only color ROAD outing, Bing and Bob end up in Bali by way of Australia (don't ask) and go deep-sea diving for lost treasure. Along the way they encounter sultry princess Dorothy Lamour, a boatload of bad guys and a giant squid. The film gets sillier and progressively less funny as it goes along, but it also contains some priceless bits (check out the flute-playing segment and the boys singing and dancing in kilts) and terrific cameos (Jerry Lewis even pops in for a second or two). I suspect no one under 30 is going to give a good goddam about these now-creaky ROAD pictures and their long-dead stars, and all the reputed ad-libbing they did. For those who have faint interest in Hope and Crosby, I would recommend one of the following flicks to see how funny these guys could truly be: ROAD TO MOROCCO, ROAD TO UTOPIA or ROAD TO RIO, in that order. By the way, ROAD TO BALI has just been reissued as part of a series of classic out-of-copyright flicks that are going for $1.50 apiece and are available in many discount and drug chains -- and which is how I happened to see this film again after many years.


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