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Road to Bali (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 8 April 1953 (France)
Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure, love and trouble.

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), Hal Kanter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... George Cochran
Bob Hope ... Harold Gridley
Dorothy Lamour ... Princess Lala
Murvyn Vye ... Ken Arok
Peter Coe ... Gung
Ralph Moody ... Bhoma Da
Leon Askin ... King Ramayana
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Storyline

Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favours of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive produces a chest of priceless jewels which arouses the less romantic interest of some shady locals. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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TOGETHER AGAIN!...in the BEST and FUNNIEST "Road" Picture Yet!


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Trivia

When Bing Crosby turns to [Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope turns to the camera to say "He's about to sing--you may as well go and get some popcorn!" many kids at matinee showings did just that. See more »

Goofs

When Lala comes ashore after the shipwreck, her dress is torn but reaches to mid-calf or lower. Later when they arrive at the abandoned hut, the dress is now mid-thigh length. See more »

Quotes

[a female ape has sat on Harold's lap]
George Cochran: Oh, buster, I don't like the look in her eye!
[the ape swings a paw at George]
Harold Gridley: George, get a rock, a club, anything! Kill one of us!
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Crazy Credits

In the end, Harold Gridley is trying to get rid of the "The End" text, but it wouldn't go away. When it faded to black it reads "Positively The End". See more »

Connections

References Rain (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

To See You
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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"He's gonna sing, folks. Now's the time to go out and get the popcorn."
5 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Trying to avoid shotgun weddings, two entertainers (Bob Hope, Bing Crosby) run away and take jobs as deep sea divers. This leads them to Bali and princess Dorothy Lamour. Inevitably both guys vie for Dorothy's affections while tangling with bad guys and a giant squid.

Routine 'Road' picture with the notable difference of it being in color. Hope and Crosby are always fun, especially when they break the fourth wall. Lamour is lovely in color. This was her last film for ten years. Some of the gags are tired but there are still lots of yuks. Also some decent songs. Overall the likable personalities of the trio keep it afloat. Jane Russell, Martin & Lewis, and Humphrey Bogart (through African Queen footage) all have cameos. There is one rather odd sequence where Dorothy dreams of her childhood pet monkey and we see a real chimp wearing a very creepy Bob Hope mask.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road to Hollywood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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