Road to Singapore

Road to Singapore

Director: Victor Schertzinger Cast: Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope

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Overview

The story goes that such stars as Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie and Burns & Allen had turned down The Road to Singapore before the leading roles went to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. More conventionally structured than future "Road" efforts, the film casts Crosby as Josh Mallon, the irresponsible son of shipping magnate Joshua Mallon IV (Charles Coburn). Though the elder Mallon wants his son to enter the family business and marry longtime fiancee Gloria Wycott (Judith Barrett), Josh would rather pal around with his carefree sailor buddy Ace Lannigan (Bob Hope). On the eve of his wedding, Josh escapes with Ace to Singapore, where the two of them cook up a get-rich-quick scheme involving a highly unreliable spot remover. The boys' friendship is strained when they both fall in love with cabaret dancer Mima (Dorothy Lamour), who is on the lam from her jealous partner Caesar (Anthony Quinn). Hiding out from the authorities, the three protagonists wind up in the midst of a native ceremony, where Ace and Mima rescue Josh from a hasty marriage to a local temptress. When Gloria shows up to drag Josh back to the altar, Mima nobly gives him up, pretending to be in love with Ace. Eventually, however, big-hearted Ace realizes that Mima belongs with Josh, and thus concocts another scheme to lure his pal back to the Far East. Though many of the earmarks of the "Road" series are evident in Road to Singapore (the "patty-cake" bit, the presence of such guest stars as Hope's radio stooge Jerry Colonna, etc.), the film lacks the spontaneous quality of the later Hope-Crosby-Lamour starrers. Even so, it's an awful lot of fun, especially when Bob and Bing team up on the novelty number "Captain Custard" and Dorothy croons her requisite "moon and stars" romantic ballads.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2019
UPC: 0738329236250
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 35,050

Special Features

Bob Hope and the Road to Success; Entertaining the Troops; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Josh Mallon
Dorothy Lamour Mima
Bob Hope Ace Lannigan
Charles Coburn Joshua Mallon IV
Anthony Quinn Caesar
Judith Barrett Gloria Wycott
Jerry Colonna Achilles Bombanassa
Johnny Arthur Timothy Willow
Pierre Watkin Morgan Wycott
Miles Mander Sir Malcolm Drake
Pedro Regas Zato
Kitty Kelly Sailor's wife
Roger Gray Father
Benny Inocencio Native Boy
Gloria Franklin Ninky Poo
Carmen D'Antonio Native Girl
Paula DeCardo Native Dancing Girl
Claire James Girl at Party
Robert St. Angelo Native Policeman
Elvia Allman Homely Girl
Bobby Barber Dumb-Looking Little Man
Monte Blue High Priest
Don Brodie Fred
Arthur Q. Bryan Bartender
Edward Gargan Bill
Greta Granstedt Babe
Grace Hayle Chaperone
Richard Keene Cameraman
Helen Lynd Society girl
Fred Malatesta Native Policeman
Belle Mitchell Shopkeeper
Robert E. O'Connor Immigration Officer
Marguerita Padula Proprietress
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Gordon Wycott
Jack Pepper Columnist
Cyril Ring Ship's officer
Richard Tucker Ship's Officer
Harry C. Bradley Secretary

Technical Credits
Victor Schertzinger Director
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Don Hartman Screenwriter
Harry Harvey Original Story
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Robert Odell Art Director
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Harlan Thompson Producer
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Victor Young Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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