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Road to Morocco (1942)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 8 April 1943 (Mexico)
Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Frank Butler (original screenplay), Don Hartman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Jeff Peters
Bob Hope ... Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy
Dorothy Lamour ... Princess Shalmar
Anthony Quinn ... Mullay Kasim
Dona Drake ... Mihirmah
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Hyder Khan
Mikhail Rasumny ... Ahmed Fey
George Givot ... Neb Jolla
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Storyline

Jeff and Turkey, two wild and crazy guys adrift on a raft in the Mediterranean, are cast away on a desert shore and hop a convenient camel to an Arabian Nights city where Turkey soon finds himself sold as a slave...to luscious Princess Shalmar of Karameesh. Naturally, Jeff would like to rescue Turkey from this "dire" fate, even if it means taking his place! But they haven't figured on virile desert chieftain Mullay Kassim, who has designs on the princess himself... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

You'll Shriek At These Shieks! . . . trying the double - Oh! on Sheikess Dorothy Lamour!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sedução de Marrocos See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,626,400, 20 January 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (copyright length)

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. Considered one of the centerpieces of the collection, it received its initial telecast in Philadelphia Monday 5 January 1959, launching the MCA/Paramount film series in that city on WCAU (Channel 10) and was also telecast that same day in Los Angeles on KNXT (Channel 2) and in St. Louis on KMOX (Channel 4); its initial telecasts followed in Chicago 11 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 29 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 2 March 1959 on WTCA (Channel 11), and in Pittsburgh, where it launched the MCA/Paramount Film Library, Monday 6 April 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), followed by Asheville 8 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13) and Milwaukee 19 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6). In Detroit it first aired 25 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Johnstown 13 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 14 August 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD by Universal 17 June 1998 and again 5 March 2002 and again 4 May 2004, as part of the On the Road with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection, and since that time has also been a frequent flyer on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff enters the room where Orville and Princess Shalmar are watching the dancing girls, he walks down the center and then drifts slightly over to the left decorative border on the floor. In the next shot, he is well past the left border, standing near a column. See more »

Quotes

[after Mullay Kasim rides through town with his men yelling and firing their rifles in the air]
Jeff Peters: Say fuzzy, who is that headstrong impetuous boy?
Bystander: He is Mullay Kasim, the Desert Sheik.
Turkey Jackson: What'd he come to town for, a manicure?
Bystander: Oh, he loves the Princess Shalmar of Karameesh. He has come here to ask her to marry him.
Jeff Peters: I'd hate to be around when he comes for a divorce!
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Soundtracks

Constantly
(1942)
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Dorothy Lamour and dancers
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Well, I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle!
18 March 2006 | by stevenlshoupSee all my reviews

Typical Hope and Crosby nonsense. More of a "big budget home movie" than anything else, but funny and enjoyable anyhow.

By the Time "Morocco" was created, the Road Pictures had been embraced and enjoyed and the formula was set in stone: An exotic locale, Dorothy Lamour, a couple of songs and go easy on the script because Bob and Bing are gonna "jab-lib" their way through it regardless. The result here is a slick and entertaining yarn about absolutely nothing. Don't let the current climate of "Islam/Arab/Terrorism" mindset disturb you about the on screen antics because this was filmed in a different era and has nothing to do with the goings on in our world today.

Bing gets a chance to croon the very lovely Moonlight Becomes You, which to this day is still one of the most touching love songs ever written; Bob gets to do his "screen persona schtick" and it is hilarious; Dorothy has a forgettable song and a funny reprise of Moonlight Becomes You, sung in the desert accompanied by the boys and it is extremely funny. Anthony Quinn (who was a Road Picture Regular) returns in a typical villain role in which he does his best.

A couple of notes. Early in the picture Bob and Bing get involved with a camel who licks them. At the end of this routine as they prepare to ride away on the beast it spits at Bob. This was NOT in the script. The camel ad-libbed and the reactions of both Hope and Crosby are genuine. The director liked the take so much he used it in the final cut. Secondly, it took forever for the boys to sing the theme song, The Road to Morocco. It seems that every time they got to the lyric " . . . like Webster's Dictionary we're Morocco bound. . . " they'd break up over that lyric and would have to re-shoot the song.

It's a breezy, light-weight, fun evening with Der Bingle and Old Slope Nose. Make yourself a bowl of popcorn, grab a large soda and laugh away for 82 minutes. It'll do you good!


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