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Genres: Adventure , Comedy , Musical
Actors: Bing Crosby , Bob Hope , Dorothy Lamour , Una Merkel , Eric Blore , Douglass Dumbrille , Iris Adrian , Lionel Royce , Buck Woods , Leigh Whipper , Ernest Whitman , Noble Johnson , Joan Marsh , Luis Alberni , Robert Middlemass
Director: Victor Schertzinger
Country: United States
Year: 1941
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 (1835 votes)

Chuck and his pal Fearless flee a South African carnival when their sideshow causes a fire. After several similar escapades, they’ve finally saved enough to return to the USA, when Chuck spends it all on a “lost” diamond mine. But that’s only the beginning; before long, a pair of attractive con-women have tricked our heroes into financing a comic safari, featuring numerous burlesque jungle adventures…

Film Review

As it turned out this was the second in a franchise that no one thought of as a franchise at the time. Hope and Crosby had been teamed with Dorothy Lamour in what was intended as a one-off, Road To Singapore, and when Fred McMurray and George Burns passed on this someone remembered that Road To Singapore had made a little noise at the box office so why not team Hope and Crosby again and throw a 'road' into the title to remind fickle audiences of Singapore. Things were beginning to fall into place but we weren't there yet; Hope and Crosby were now established as performers with Crosby as the pitch man and Hope performing the life-threatening stunts and what, in retrospect, turned out to be the main ingredient – the songs – was also in place. With Fred and Ginger no longer a team at RKO someone at Paramount clearly figured there was a gap in the market and you can almost hear the thinking …'what if, they weren't two DANCERS, but two SINGERS, then we add an extra &#…

Of the comedy teams that made a series of movies in the 1940s and 1950s, Hope and Crosby were probably the most engagingly amusing. Abbott and Costello were usually silly. Their movies seemed aimed at an audience of children, although some, like "Meet Frankenstein", are outrageous. There was an element of sadism too, with Abbott (always the humorless straight man) slapping the helpless Costello around and snarling at him, a standard relationship left over I guess from vaudeville where clowns batted each other over the head with bladders.Martin and Lewis were clearly differentiated. Martin was the parent and Lewis was the twelve-year-old child. It all seems a bit much, now. But Hope and Crosby were the most nearly equal. Crosby was the smooth-talking crooner. Both were cowards but Hope was a braggart too, a stock figure in the comedies of Ancient Rome and afterward. I think the figure was called miles gloriosus. What they had that the other teams didn't, and what's …

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