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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.

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Frank Butler (screenplay), Don Hartman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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")


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The second of the seven Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour "Road" films. See more »

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Stunt double for Bob Hope when he fights the gorilla. 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

ROCKABYE BABY
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Hummed by Bing Crosby after he gives Bob Hope a sedative]
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Jungle Nonsense
25 November 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This early entry in the Hope and Crosby canon may be their best. The Don Hartman gags are still fresh, and Bob and Bing are young enough to be romantic leads, which indeed they are. A spoof of the kind of jungle adventure movie popular at the time, one's enjoyment of this now more than sixty year old film may depend in part on the kind of movie it's making fun of, otherwise it might seem just plain absurd. It is anyway. Absurd I mean. Also very funny. The studio jungle looks like a studio jungle, which only adds to the air of the ridiculous, as does Bing's breaking into song at odd moments. Leading ladies Dorothy Lamour and Una Merkel are good foils for (as they used to call them) the boys. Good fun, and a great movie for the holidays.


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