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Road to Bali (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 8 April 1953 (France)
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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


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Trivia

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 »

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When Lala comes ashore after the shipwreck, her dress is torn but reaches to mid-calf or lower. Later when they arrive at the abandoned hut, the dress is now mid-thigh length. See more »

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[Harold has been caught in a tree snare, proving the island is inhabited]
George Cochran: I wonder what the locals are like?
Princess Lala: I hope they're not cannibals or headhunters!
Harold Gridley: I hope they're orange pickers, I want to get out of this tree!
George Cochran: Oh, stop squawking, you'll fall off when you're ripe!
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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CHICAGO STYLE
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
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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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