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Road to Singapore (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

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Don Hartman (screen play), Frank Butler (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
Dorothy Lamour ... Mima
Bob Hope ... Ace Lannigan
Charles Coburn ... Joshua Mallon IV
Judith Barrett ... Gloria Wycott
Anthony Quinn ... Caesar
Jerry Colonna ... Achilles Bombanassa
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Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

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Ready For Fun . . Fight . . or a South Seas Romance . . . ! They find them all on the . . .


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach of Dreams See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Fred MacMurray and George Burns turned down the chance to make this film, producer Harlan Thompson offered it to Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, whom he'd seen clowning on the Paramount lot and who it seemed to him got along well. See more »

Goofs

Whilst demonstrating the spot remover, the stain moves about to different places on the man's jacket in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lannigan: I need some air.
Joshua Mallon IV: The night air is bad for you junior, back in the net.
Ace Lannigan: Yeah, now I know how a salmon feels.
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Connections

Followed by Road to Bali (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moon and the Willow Tree
(1940)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Dorothy Lamour (uncredited)
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The beginning of a great series
17 May 2000 | by CalystaSee all my reviews

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour may never have been the Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald of the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood musicals, but anything they ever recorded during this period was better than any of the painful operetta stuff of the latter screen duo. Brilliant songs are featured once again, including `Too Romantic' and `The Willow and the Moon'.

ROAD TO SINGAPORE essentially is a romantic comedy with mass complications of playboys with serial patty-pan punching techniques, cheating people with soapsuds cleaner and both falling for Dottie. The slapstick gags featured are not as hilarious as the definitive film of the series, ROAD TO MOROCCO, but due to the enormous success of SINGAPORE, the trio's comedy skills allowed for a continuing series in which the progressing films became zanier.

Generally good direction, an agreeably funny script and a supporting cast headed by Charles Coburn only amounts to part of the fun.

However, once again Paramount, and in a more generalised context, Hollywood itself, displays its lack of understanding for foreign culture. Singapore, or the island in question, which isn't actually Singapore, looks like an extremely undeveloped Malaysia. The natives don't actually convince one of being native, nor do any of the ceremonial activities trick for one second.

Dorothy Lamour, although an exquisitely beautiful actress, does not resemble an islander native, although it isn't exactly her fault.

In the same manner, some people may find this film offensive, or any of the ROAD films because they are not a true representation for any culture. But most movies made during this period simply didn't have much regard to exact details of foreign lands. And in such a brilliant comedy, it doesn't really matter.

Rating: 10/10


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