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Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

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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 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")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach Sansibar See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Stunt double for Bob Hope when he fights the gorilla. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Reardon: Everybody knows him. He's a philathropist.
Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: I don't care who he votes for. I want my money.
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Connections

Referenced in Road to Rio (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

ROAD TO ZANZIBAR
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
[Sung by Bing Crosby and chorus while on safari]
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Road to Return
11 November 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After burning down the Big Top, singing carnival showman Bing Crosby (as Chuck Reardon) and human cannonball pal Bob Hope (as Hubert "Fearless" Frazier) take their act on the road. Traveling around Africa, the two men become involved in a phony diamond mine, and eventually find Dorothy "Dottie" Lamour (as Donna Latour) masquerading as a slave girl. She and partner Una Merkel (as Julia Quimby) have ulterior motives, but love may change La Lamour. Later, hungry natives mistake chubby Mr. Hope and Mr. Crosby for Gods, and then plan to eat them. Our co-stars contemplate their future as burps. The songs and material in this second "Road to…" picture are noticeably weak. The stunt doubles are simply noticeable.

*** Road to Zanzibar (4/11/41) Victor Schertzinger ~ Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Una Merkel


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