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The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1962 (USA)
Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

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Norman Panama
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Harry Turner
Bob Hope ... Chester Babcock
Joan Collins ... Diane
Robert Morley ... Leader of the 3rd Echelon
Walter Gotell ... Dr. Zorbb
Felix Aylmer ... Grand Lama
Alan Gifford ... American Official
Michel Mok Michel Mok ... Undetermined Role (as Michele Mok)
Katya Douglas Katya Douglas ... 3rd Echelon Receptionist
Roger Delgado ... Jhinnah
Robert Ayres ... American Official
Mei Ling Mei Ling ... Ming Toy
Jacqueline Jones ... Blonde at Airport
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Poon Soon
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour
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Storyline

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby return as con men Chester Babcock and Harry Turner, in the last of their road movies. When Chester accidentally memorizes and destroys the only copy of a secret Russian formula for a new and improved rocket fuel, they are thrust into international intrigue, trying to stay alive while keeping the formula out of enemy hands. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The last of the red hot Lamas!

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A caminho de Hong Kong See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Melnor Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

April Ashley was removed from the credits of the film after it became known that she was a transgender person. See more »

Goofs

The criminal wanted flier on Chester and Harry lists Chester's birth date as May 3, 1921, and his age as 39. The flier is dated May 18, 1961 - half a month past Chester's birthday - which would make his age 40, not 39. See more »

Quotes

Chester Babcock: No, I can see the tears forming in your wallet.
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Connections

References Modern Times (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Not Be Sensible
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Bing Crosby and Joan Collins
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The Road to Obsolescence
29 December 2003 | by CheyenneWYSee all my reviews

Someone remarked that the boys in their 60's were too old to be on adventures, and should be in retirement homes instead. I would hate to be that person's parents if he/she believes that people in their 60's belong in retirement homes! You're never too old for goofy adventures.

As it happens, H&C were 59 when they did this final Road picture, and it was definitely not their best work. The plot is even thinner than previous farces without the superb timing and camaraderie we associate with the two.

Far sadder is the way they ditched their witty and lovely partner Dorothy Lamour for a girl half their age; Joan Collins was 29 when she scampered around with the pair. This is a painful mirror of our society's tacit approval for older men to dump their wives for a younger model.

By far the funniest scene features Peter Sellers as a ditzy neurologist.


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