Road to Utopia

Road to Utopia

Director: Hal Walker Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

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Overview

The first "Road" picture in three years (the last was Road to Morocco), Road to Utopia is set during the Alaskan gold rush. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby play a pair of third-rate San Francisco entertainers who are obliged to skip town in a hurry. They book passage on a ship to Alaska, where they run afoul of escaped murderers Sperry (Robert H. Barrat) and McGurk (Nestor Paiva). Through a fluke, Bob and Bing overpower the killers, then get off the ship in Skagway disguised as Sperry and McGurk so that they themselves can evade the authorities. The boys can't understand why everyone is so afraid of them, nor why saloon-owner Douglass Dumbrille and Dumbrille's moll Hillary Brooke are so chummy. It turns out that Sperry and McGurk had stolen a deed to a valuable gold mine before escaping to Alaska. Dorothy Lamour is the rightful owner of that deed, thus she too shows up in Skagway, hoping to extract the document from Bob and Bing. Whenever the plot threatens to become too difficult to follow, narrator Robert Benchley shows up to explain things--which of course only adds to the confusion. At any rate, the whole affair ends up with Bob, Bing and Dorothy running through the snowy wastes, with the villains in hot pursuit. Bing nobly stays behind to fight off the bad guys himself, handing the deed to Bob and Dorothy and wishing them Godspeed. Flash-forward to 1945: Bob and Dorothy, both old and wealthy, are reunited with their equally aged pal Bing, who wasn't killed after all. Dorothy tells Bing that Bob has been a wonderful husband and father. Yes, father....and wait till you see who plays Bob Jr. ("We adopted him!") Road to Utopia is the usual melange of adlibbed chatter, snappy songs, talking animals and "patty cake, patty cake." You'll love it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2019
UPC: 0738329236281
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 25,533

Special Features

Audio commentary by filmmaker Greg Ford and film & music historian Will Friedwald; Bob Hope and the road to success; Hollywood Victory Caravan; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Duke Johnson
Bob Hope Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour Sal Van Hoyden
Robert Benchley Narrator
Hillary Brooke Kate
Douglas Dumbrille Ace Larson
Jack LaRue Le Bec
Nestor Paiva McGurk
James Lono Eskimo
George McKay Waiter
Art Foster Husky Sailor
Robert H. Barrat Sperry
George Anderson Townsman
Stanley Andrews Official at boat
Bobby Barber Bartender
William Benedict Newsboy
Al Bridge Boat captain
Romaine Callender Top Hat
Larry Daniels Ringleader
Edgar Dearing Official
Jimmie Dundee Ringleader of henchmen
Edward Emerson Master of Ceremonies
Al Ferguson Policeman
Maxine Fife Girl
Donald Gallagher Man at Zambini's
Charles Gemora Bear
Brandon Hurst Man at Zambini's
Claire James Girl
Ethan Laidlaw Saloon extra
Arthur Loft Purser
Frank Moran Bartender
Ferdinand Munier Santa Claus
Paul Newlan Tough ship's purser
Allen Pomeroy Henchman
Jack Rutherford Man
Lee Shumway Cop
Jack Stoney Henchman
Jim Thorpe Passenger
Pat West Bartender
Will Wright Mr. Latimer
Ronnie Rondell Hotel Manager
Charles Wilson Official Cop

Technical Credits
Hal Walker Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Johnny Burke Score Composer,Songwriter
Daniel Dare Choreography
Robert Emmett Dolan Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Jerry Fairbanks Animator
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Jones Producer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Norman Panama Screenwriter
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
James VanHeusen Score Composer,Songwriter

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