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Road to Utopia (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 22 March 1946 (USA)
At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

Norman Panama (original screenplay), Melvin Frank (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Duke Johnson / Junior Hooton
Bob Hope ... Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour ... Sal Van Hoyden
Hillary Brooke ... Kate
Douglass Dumbrille ... Ace Larson
Jack La Rue ... LeBec (as Jack LaRue)
Robert Barrat ... Sperry
Nestor Paiva ... McGurk
Robert Benchley ... Narrator
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At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen by McGurk and Sperry, a couple of thugs. They disguise themselves as McGurk and Sperry to get off the ship. Meanwhile, Sal Van Hoyden is in Alaska to try and recover the map; it had been her father's. She falls in with Ace Larson, who wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke and Chester, McGurk and Sperry, Ace and his henchmen, and Sal, chase each other all over the countryside, trying to get the map. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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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 earliest documented telecast took place in Asheville Monday 23 March 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), followed by Milwaukee 27 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by San Francisco 19 September 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), by St. Louis 10 October 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Omaha 29 October 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Grand Rapids 9 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Chicago 6 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 19 December 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and by Baltimore 26 December 1959 on WBAL (Channel 11). 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, has enjoyed frequent presentations on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

Chester Hooton: I'll have a lemonade.
[sees looks of surprise, snarls]
Chester Hooton: In a dirty glass.
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Crazy Credits

Narrator Robert Benchley credits himself orally in a precredit sequence. See more »

Connections

Follows Road to Singapore (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Put It There, Pal
(1946)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played during the opening credits and also as background music
Performed later by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
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gags and cast triumphant
26 January 2000 | by Scott-52See all my reviews

Bob and Bing pal through this in their breezy manner, ably assisted by Dottie Lamour and especially the dry witty commentary of humorist Robert Benchley. Students of film and lovers of movies will appreciate the quality of the production, and rejoice in the knowledge that not everything funny was created after 1990.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Road to Utopia See more »

Filming Locations:

June Lake, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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