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The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1962 (USA)
Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby return as con men Chester Babcock and Harry Turner, in the last of their road movies. When Chester accidentally memorizes and destroys the only copy of a secret Russian formula for a new and improved rocket fuel, they are thrust into international intrigue, trying to stay alive while keeping the formula out of enemy hands. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The last of the red hot Lamas!

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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22 May 1962 (USA)  »

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A caminho de Hong Kong  »

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The automatic banana-feeding machine intended for monkey astronauts seems to be inspired by - or cribbed from - the assembly line worker feeding machine that tortured poor Charlie Chaplin with buttered corn and hot soup in Modern Times (1936) - right down to the (eventually dangerous) mouth wiping function. See more »

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Chester, Harry and Diane escape the secret base by submarine. Instead of going anywhere else as all, they only use it to escape back to the estate atop the secret base, where their pursuers, having merely taken an elevator, end up close behind them. See more »

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Diane: Trust me and you'll come to no harm.
Chester Babcock: Trust me and I make no promises.
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Follows Road to Utopia (1945) See more »

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The Road to Hong Kong
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
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End of the Road
31 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Bosom pals Bing Crosby (as Harry Turner) and Bob Hope (as Chester Babcock) are in India when Mr. Hope loses his memory; no thanks for that. Hope is taken to Tibet by Mr. Crosby, where the duo hope to find a cure. At an airport, pretty young spy Joan Collins (as Diane) appears. Also serving as the story's part-time narrator, Ms. Collins thinks Hope and Crosby are secret agents. She joins them on "The Road to Hong Kong". The opening song "Teamwork" is followed by some funny banter. Special effects help an amusing title song. Then, this attempt to revive the "Road " series crashes...

The worst part of the film occurs when the Hope and Crosby ape "Modern Times" while shot into space. They are force-fed bananas and get bounced around in fast-motion while strapped in chairs, accompanied by amateurish sound effects and trick photography. Also, the comedy team has zero rapport with Collins, who is uncomfortable and cardboard as their romantic interest. Frankly, Hope and Crosby are too old for Collins, anyway. To make matters worse, their more age appropriate leading lady Dorothy Lamour has a featured cameo and song. Other big name bits are scattered about.

*** The Road to Hong Kong (4/27/62) Norman Panama ~ Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Joan Collins, Dorothy Lamour


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