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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.


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




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


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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Originally written as "Beach of Dreams" for George Burns and Gracie Allen. Later retitled "Road to Mandalay" for Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie before receiving its final title and cast. See more »


In one of the opening shots of the ship coming into port, the smoke from factories along the shore is moving backwards into the smokestacks. See more »


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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Referenced in Road to Singapore Picture Gallery (2002) See more »


Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Music by James V. Monaco
Performed by chorus
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10 October 2005 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

The first of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" series, and not the best.

What's wrong with it? People have complained that it is plot heavy but that's a little hard to swallow because the plot could be used to stuff a portobello mushroom.

The problem, I think, is that it's too serious, if you can believe it. When one of the guys loses Dorothy Lamour he acts as if he's really hurt, which destroys the ethos of the film. Too many songs, although none of them is worse than any of the ones that were to follow.

No ipsative gags. How could there be? There can't be any reference to earlier movies like this because there were no earlier movies like this. Bob Hope acts as if he is trying to follow the plot, instead of improvising and winging it. He hasn't become quite the cowardly miles gloriosus of the later films. Crosby is saddled with a past from which he's trying to escape. And the gags -- though lingered over -- just aren't there.

Yet it's not a bad movie. Two guys go to Southeast Asia and meet a girl. Everybody's good humored. It's diverting.

You won't be depressed after you see it.

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English | Esperanto

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach of Dreams See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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