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The Road to Hong Kong (1962) Poster

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The long nonsense word that Peter Sellers says during his scene is actually the name of a Welsh town, known for being the longest place name anywhere: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
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The seventh of the seven Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour "Road" films. Dorothy Lamour only showed up long enough to help the boys out of a jam and still have enough time left over to get a song in.
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Joan Collins was given the female lead in this final "Road" picture and Dorothy Lamour was given a small cameo appearance. When Lamour balked (and since financial backing hinged on her participation in the project), her role was enlarged.
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Bob Hope's and Bing Crosby's final Road movie. Two years after Crosby's death, Hope announced the possibility (in earnest) of doing "The Road to the Fountain of Youth" with George Burns, but nothing came of it.
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The only Hope-Crosby "Road to" movie to be filmed in widescreen, though it was made in "spherical" widescreen. All of the earlier "Road" movies had been filmed in the standard Academy ratio.
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This Spy spoof movie, was released months before the successful James Bond film Dr. No. and two years before Carry On Spying, a black and white British comedy film that spoofed the James Bond film series. Also years after two actors who made a cameo appearance in this film (Peter Sellers and David Niven) starred in a James Bond spoof, Casino Royale while Walter Gotell eventually became involved in the James Bond franchise during the 70s and 80s as General Gogol, the head of the KGB.
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In joke: Peter Sellers sings a few bars of "Thanks for the memory", Bob Hope's theme song.
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The only Road movie not to be released by Paramount, it was released by United Artists.
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The plot of this movie involving espionage and an evil organization planing to destroy world order eventually became a common plot used in spy and spy-spoof movies which proliferated years later during that decade. This trend started after the success of the very first James Bond film, Dr. No which was released months after this film.
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Bob Hope's character Chester Babcock is named after composer Jimmy Van Heusen who was born Edward Chester Babcock. Van Heusen wrote "Warmer Than A Whisper", which Dorothy Lamour performs in the movie.
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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.
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April Ashley was removed from the credits of the film after it became known that she was a transgender person.
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The automatic banana-feeding machine intended for monkey astronauts seems to be inspired by - or cribbed from - the assembly line worker feeding machine that tortured poor Charlie Chaplin with buttered corn and hot soup in Modern Times (1936) - right down to the (eventually dangerous) mouth wiping function.
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