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Road to Bali [1952]

Director:Hal Walker
Writer:Frank Butler
Hal Kanter
William Morrow
Composer:Joseph J. Lilley
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers.

Reaction: Hope and Crosby clearly have fun in these Road shows.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Hal Walker => Director
Frank Butler => Writer
Hal Kanter => Writer
William Morrow => Writer
Joseph J. Lilley => Composer
Bernie Gozier => Bo Kassar (uncredited)
Bing Crosby => George Cochran
Bob Crosby => Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Bob Hope => Harold Gridley
Bunny Lewbel => Lala Age Seven (uncredited)
Carolyn Jones => Eunice (uncredited)
Dean Martin => Man in Lala's Dream (uncredited)
Donald Lawton => Employment Agent (uncredited)
Dorothy Lamour => Princess Lala
Douglas Yorke => Verna's Brother (uncredited)
Harry Cording => Verna's Father (uncredited)
Herman Cantor => Priest (uncredited)
Humphrey Bogart => Charlie Allnut (uncredited)
Jan Kayne => Verna (uncredited)
Jane Russell => Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Jean Corbett => Handmaiden (uncredited)
Jerry Lewis => Woman in Lala's Dream (uncredited)
Leon Askin => King Ramayana
Michael Ansara => Guard (uncredited)
Murvyn Vye => Ken Arok
Peter Coe => Gung
Ralph Moody => Bhoma Da
Roy Gordon => Eunice's Father (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the movie, Bing Crosby makes reference to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he was a minority owner of, and Bob Hope makes reference to the Cleveland Indians, which he was a minority owner of.
  • Celebrity/pop cultural references: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Humphrey Bogart, [?] Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan, and the Academy Awards.
  • Bob Hope makes an obscure joke about the Chicago musicians union. He shows Crosby his snake-charmer instrument and says, "Hey, I've been playing this flute all night. Have to clear it with Petrillo." Petrillo was [?] James Petrillo, the heavy-handed president of the Chicago Musician's Union.
  • Although it was originally released by Paramount, it was never copyrighted which is why this title is now in the public domain.
  • The sixth of the seven Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour "Road" films.
  • This was the only "Road" picture of the seven to be photographed in Technicolor. Ten years later, the British-made Hong Kong finale would revert to black and white.
  • In her 1980 autobiography, My Side of the Road, (co-written with [?] Dick McInnes), Dorothy Lamour relates how disappointed she was at not being asked to sing on the Decca album which re-created the film score. In Miss Lamour's place, the label recruited an artist under contract, Peggy Lee, to croon the sultry {Moonflowers} and then go upbeat with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and on {The Merry-Go-Runaround} (both songs having music by [?] Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by [?] Johnny Burke).