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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
... Mima
... Ace Lannigan
... Joshua Mallon IV
... Gloria Wycott
... Caesar
... 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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Trivia

The soap suds used for Ace Lannigan's stain removing product Spot-O were special heavy duty suds created by the prop department to hold up under the hot lights. See more »

Goofs

Mima's guitar can be heard throughout "Sweet Potato Piper", even when she's not playing it. 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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Followed by Road to Rio (1947) 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 Road Begins - A Shakedown Cruise
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Can you imagine The Road to Singapore with parts of Bing and Bob being played by Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie? That was the original casting that Paramount originally had for this first of the Road pictures.

You can tell that they did not have a series in mind because the billing was Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, and then Bob Hope. When MacMurray and then Oakie became unavailable, someone had the bright idea of putting Crosby and Hope together. By this time a certain rivalry had developed on radio. Both had been guests on each other's shows, forever trying to top each other with unscheduled ad-libs in the script. So the casting changes were made.

There's none of the surreal humor in this that characterized the later Road pictures because the formula wasn't there yet. But when you see Crosby and Hope trying to land a fish and later on singing the Captain Custard song, the chemistry is unmistakable.

The rest of the score by Jimmy Monaco and Johnny Burke consists of one of Crosby's nicest ballads, Too Romantic and a novelty song for all three of the leads, Sweet Potato Piper. The director Victor Schertzinger who was also a composer of note and Johnny Burke did a South Sea Island ballad for Dottie, The Moon and the Willow Tree.

So what would have been a routine film turned out to be a shakedown cruise for a lot of movie fun.


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