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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.

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Hal Walker

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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


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Country:

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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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Trivia

The scenes of Melbourne shown at the beginning of the movie were shot from the Fire Tower on the corner of Victoria Parade and Gisborne Street. The Fire Tower is still there today, but the skyline of Melbourne has changed dramatically with the construction of some of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. However you can make out the Victorian Parliament building and the Princess Theatre in Spring Street. See more »

Goofs

When George and Harold meet Lala, Harold's coat is held on his right shoulder. But, between shots, Harold appears holding the coat in front of himself. See more »

Quotes

Harold Gridley: He's gonna sing, folks. Now's the time to go out and get the popcorn.
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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 Sh! The Octopus (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

TO SEE YOU
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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The Bob and Bing Show
22 May 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

In this very lighthearted comedy, Bob and Bing ham it up in the South Pacific, in search of women and adventure. The plot, which involves deep-sea diving for sunken treasure, is super shallow ... so to speak. But of course the film is just an excuse to highlight the talents of the comic and the crooner. And talent they had. But here, neither the jokes nor the songs are memorable. Fortunately, Dorothy Lamour is on hand to spice things up. The sets are mildly interesting, in a tacky sort of way.

For me, the real value of the "road" movies is the perspective they bring to cinema viewing. My ... how movies have changed in fifty years, and not necessarily for the better. "Road To Bali" wouldn't fly today ... or float, for that matter. But for fans of Hope and Crosby, the film is a pleasant, harmless diversion, a reminder of a more innocent, bygone era in film-making.


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