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>
Released a year after Yuri Gagarin's successful journey in the outer space aboard Vostok and seven years before Neil Armstrong's famous moon landing. See more »
As Chester Babcock is lifting off in his flying suit, the propeller behind him has stopped moving as the motor driving it has clearly stopped, yet the sound effect is of a small motor revving up. See more »
[as the neurologist plays his flute during Chester's examination, a cobra rises from its basket]
Oh, nothing to worry about. If he should give you a nip, it's very simple. All you do is to get hold of your bowie knife like this, make a cut on here, suck out the poison and spit it away. Very simple.
Yeah, but what if he bites me in a place I can't reach?
That is when you find out who your real friends are.
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This is actually the first Cosby/Hope "Road" picture I ever saw. I knew it was the last (after a 10 year break) and (for some reason) was in b&w--probably because Cosby and Hope looked better that way. I also heard it was pretty bad. While it's not great, I sort of enjoyed it.
The plot was REALLY silly and involves the boys in espionage with Joan Collins along for the ride and a (surprisingly) very bad job by Robert Morley as the lead villain. Dorothy Lamour decided to not costar in this one but she does pop up (playing herself) in an amusing cameo and sings one song (Cosby sings too). There's also a really silly and pointless bit when Cosby and Hope are sent to outer space. And the ending is desperate.
Still, it was well-made and Cosby and Hope were a wonderful team--their easy banter is great to watch and they made the worst lines seem funny. Also it's fun to see Collins (who's quite good) so young and full of sex appeal.
So, it's enjoyable way to kill 90 minutes. I'm seen better but I've seen worse too.
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