Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »
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
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television presentation took place in Seattle on 17 January 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7); it next launched the MCA/Paramount Film Library in Albany, New York 15 March 1959 on WAST (Channel 13); it first aired in Grand Rapids 3 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8) and in New York City 13 September 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Columbus it was broadcast 26 September 1959 on WBNS (Channel 10) as a promotional preview to inaugurate their purchase of the MCA/Paramount Film Library; in Milwaukee it first aired 7 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 19 October 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Asheville 13 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Boise 4 January 1960 on KBOI (Channel 2), in Cleveland 3 March 1960 on WJW (Channel 8), and in Philadelphia 12 March 1960 on WCAU (channel 10). It was released on DVD 5 March 2002 as part of Universal's "Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection", again 4 May 2004 as part of Universal's "On the Road with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection", and again 11 November 2014 as one of 24 titles in Universal's "Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection"; since that time it has enjoyed frequent presentations on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
Stunt double for Bob Hope when he fights the gorilla. See more »
It's funny, but after seeing ROAD TO ZANZIBAR and ROAD TO MOROCCO in the same night, I have a hard time remembering any of the gags in ZANZIBAR. It's not that it's a bad movie, it certainly isn't, but it also isn't as refined and memorable as the next (3rd) installment in the "Road" series.
Starting with this film, Hope and Crosby begin treating each other a lot worse and this dog eat dog style of humor worked well. A great example is when the film begins we find that Crosby has convinced Hope to become "Fearless Frazier"--a daredevil who is always risking his life in a variety of schemes thought up by Crosby.
Although the film begins in the States, it somehow manages to end up in Africa--with all the usual expected clichés and fun. Not surprisingly, they find cannibals and a gorilla (who is the usual "guy in a gorilla suit"--something seen in practically every jungle picture of the era). And, even less surprisingly, we find Dorothy Lamour (along with her pal, played by screen veteran Una Merkel) in Africa--falling for you-know-who! While none of this is fantastic or inspired, the film is very pleasant and fun. The only serious negative is that there are too many songs, plus none are particularly memorable. A decent follow-up to ROAD TO SINGAPORE, though not one of the very best of the series.
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