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Road to Utopia (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 22 March 1946 (USA)
Two vaudeville flops pose as bad guys and join the Klondike gold rush with a saloon singer.


Hal Walker


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




Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Duke Johnson
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


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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IT'S A SLEIGH RIDE OF HILARITY...WITH BING, BOB & DOTTY! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 6, 1946 - all caps)


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Did You Know?


Only "Road" picture that doesn't take place in a warm climate, though Bob Hope's character does imagine Dorothy Lamour in her signature sarong. See more »


When Crosby is playing cards at the start of the movie the number and position of the cards changes between shots. See more »


Sal Van Hoyden: Come in.
Chester Hooton: Well, here I am. Start burning the incense.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in Bates Motel: Nice Town You Picked, Norma... (2013) See more »


It's Anybody's Spring
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played during the opening credits and also as background music
Played on a concertina by Bob Hope and sung by Bing Crosby
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User Reviews

Crosby and Hope go North
28 May 1999 | by SquonkSee all my reviews

Crosby and Hope are at it again, this time searching for gold in Alaska. The great lines don't run as fast and furious here as they do in some of the other "Road" pictures, but there are still plenty of laughs to go around. The film loses some points in two areas: the unnecessary and unfunny commentary by Robert Benchley and the simple fact that the premise of the film is completely ridiculous. I still cannot figure out why Crosby and Hope would spend half the film pretending to be two men they know are wanted killers. Of course, thanks to movie magic, the local authorities seem to ignore this. However, these things don't detract much from this very funny film.

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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

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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