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Road to Singapore (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.

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Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.

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The second proposed title, "Road to Mandalay," was changed because it was thought that Singapore sounded more exotic. There was also a popular song titled "Mandalay" and the producers wanted to avoid any confusion. See more »

Goofs

During "Sweet Potato Piper", hand movements on the pipe bear little correlation with the notes played and, in one instance, two notes are heard before the pipe is brought to the mouth. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lannigan: I just want you to stand there and admire me for a while. I just got an idea that's gonna make us a fortune. I don't know how I do it.
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Referenced in Road to Singapore Picture Gallery (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaigoon
(1940)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Music by James V. Monaco
Performed by chorus
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Extremely little to recommend it beyond the fact that it was the first of the "Road" film series.
2 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Unlike the later "Road" films, (especially the whacky "Road to Morocco", which has stayed as fresh as when it first came out of the can), this has very little to commend it to a modern audience. It lacks pace and a good plot, seeming very episodic and "flat" in places. The songs are instantly forgettable and the "exotic" settings and scenes, such as the 'native feast', must have seemed phoney and second-rate even at the time of production. Watching them today produces a cold chill of embarassment. About the only thing the film has going for it is the obvious chemistry between Hope and Crosby, (which only really begins to shine during the "cabaret" scene they put on at Crosby's intended "engagement party" and lets you realise what they could produce and would go on to do in the later films). It was presumably this which audiences responded to when the film had its first outing. We should thus be grateful for the film providing the launch pad for one of the best screen partnerships to emerge. Otherwise, try as hard as I could, I really could find little to like in it and gave it 4/10.


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