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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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Complete credited cast:
... George Cochran
... Harold Gridley
... Princess Lala
... Ken Arok
... Gung
... Bhoma Da
... King Ramayana
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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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Trivia

In her 1980 autobiography, "My Side of the Road," (co-written with Dick McInnes), Dorothy Lamour relates how disappointed she was at not being asked to sing on the Decca album, which re-created the film score in the recording studio. Her umbrage was largely in response to learning that it was Bing Crosby himself who recruited Peggy Lee to replace her. See more »

Goofs

When they are on the island, Lala has no flower in her hair, then flowers at the back of her ponytail and then a big flower on the side of her head - it keeps changing. Also, her skirt is quite long up until the time the crocodile is after Bob Hope in the pond. But in the next scene, her skirt is about thigh-high. See more »

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Harold Gridley: Gridley, Harold Gridley- sportsman, raconteur, polo player, and all around good egg.
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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 »

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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

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MOON FLOWERS
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Dorothy Lamour
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Ad-libbed
23 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

From the very first Road picture Hope and Crosby were known for their ad-libbing. In fact when they guested on each other's shows the two of them would take the script and insert some of their own lines to try and catch the other off-guard.

In this Road picture I will swear that the moment the boys and Dotty Lamour were washed ashore on the proverbial south sea island, the picture is one long ad-lib. I am sure the director said, here's the plot situation just make it up as you go. It's got that kind of spontaneity.

Look for 'guest' appearances by Jane Russell, Humphrey Bogart, Martin and Lewis and Bob Crosby in this wacky romp.

Says Dotty: "I love you Bob, I love you Bing, my heart's in a real wing ding." So do we all.


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