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Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), Don Hartman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Chuck Reardon
Bob Hope ... Fearless Hubert Frazier
Dorothy Lamour ... Donna Latour
Una Merkel ... Julia Quimby
Eric Blore ... Charles Kimble
Douglass Dumbrille ... Slave Trader
Iris Adrian ... French Soubrette
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Monsieur Lebec
Buck Woods Buck Woods ... Thonga
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Scarface
Ernest Whitman ... Whiteface
Noble Johnson ... Chief
Joan Marsh ... Dimples
Luis Alberni ... Proprietor - Native Booth
Robert Middlemass ... Police inspector
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Storyline

Chuck and his pal Fearless flee a South African carnival when their sideshow causes a fire. After several similar escapades, they've finally saved enough to return to the USA, when Chuck spends it all on a "lost" diamond mine. But that's only the beginning; before long, a pair of attractive con-women have tricked our heroes into financing a comic safari, featuring numerous burlesque jungle adventures... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S THAT GLEESOME THREESOME AGAIN! Giving you your worth in mirth! Toping [sic] all the fun in "Road to Singapore!" (original print media ad, includes misspelling of "Topping") See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Nominated in 1941 for "Best Picture" by the National Board of Review but did not win. See more »

Goofs

When Lamour and Crosby are in the rowboat on the lake, harp music plays when they dangle their hands in the water. At the end of the song Crosby sings, the harp music begins before Lamour puts her hand in the water. You can see her surprised look when she realizes she is late. See more »

Quotes

Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: [as they are about to leave with the villan] We're going with them...
Chuck Reardon: We're going with them...
Hubert 'Fearless' FrazierChuck Reardon: We're going with them.
[an understanding look]
Hubert 'Fearless' FrazierChuck Reardon: [starting the routine] Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man. Bake a cake as fast as you...
[both are hit on the head by a goon. The two fall]
Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: He must've seen the picture!
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Soundtracks

BIRDS OF A FEATHER
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Used instrumentally
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Made me sleepy
11 March 2020 | by edgeofrealitySee all my reviews

Well, you probably had to be there...I couldn't get into this, the humour seemed to be from another planet. I'm not saying I hated this film, but aside from a split second appearance by a white cockatoo, I was never more than very mildly interested. Curiously the cockatoo was called 'a stale character' yet that adjective could better have been applied to most of the other characters, the jokes and ideas. But it's silly being too rough on this sort of film - it never aims for more than it achieves. Every country that makes films has these sort of production line comedies and they served a purpose. It says a lot about how dominant US culture is that such Z grade stuff from the US is world famous while it is rightly ignored when it comes from other countries. I'm not gibving a rating as I have no idea what to give it. Actually, come to think of it, rating films seems pretty dumb overall.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Road to Zanzibar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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