Road to Bali
name = Road to Bali
caption = Theatrical release poster
Frank Butler Hal Kanter
Bing Crosby Bob Hope Dorothy Lamour
19 November 1952(USA)
runtime = 91 min.
language = English
Road to Rio
The Road to Hong Kong
amg_id = 1:41571
imdb_id = 0045094
"Road to Bali" is a 1952
comedy filmstarring Bing Crosby, Bob Hopeand Dorothy Lamour. It was released by Paramount Picturesand is the sixth of the seven " Road to..." movies. It was the only such movie filmed in color and was the first to feature surprise cameo appearances from other well-known stars of the day.
Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favours of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive produces a chest of priceless jewels which arouses the less romantic interest of some shady locals.
*"Chicago Style", performed by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
*"Moonflowers", by Dorothy Lamour
*"Hoot Mon", Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
*"To See You Is To Love You", Bing Crosby
*"The Merry-Go-Run-Around", Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob HopeAll lyrics by Johnny Burke, and music by
Jimmy Van Heusen.
Crosby's version of "To See You Is to Love You" is featured in
Alfred Hitchcock's " Rear Window" (1954) without giving credit to Crosby or the songwriters.
Among the celebrities who made token "gag" appearances in this film are bandleader
Bob Crosby(Bing's brother), Humphrey Bogart(by way of a clip from " The African Queen"), Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Jane Russell. The cameo by Martin and Lewiswere part of a 'comedy trade' where they made an appearance in this movie, while Hope & Crosby appeared in Martin & Lewis's " Scared Stiff" the following year.
squidthat threatens Bob Hope in an underwater scene was previously seen attacking Ray Millandin the Paramount production " Reap the Wild Wind" directed by Cecil B. DeMilleand the erupting volcanoclimax was taken directly from the Paramount production "Aloma of the South Seas" (1941) also starring Lamour.
Hope says "...we can get our speedometers turned back..." The odometer is the part on a used car that gets turned back to make it appear to be new.
This film was parodied the following year (
1953) by Universal Pictures' animated short " Alley to Bali", with Woody Woodpeckerand Buzz Buzzardassaying the Hope and Crosby roles.
In keeping with the film's Commonwealth setting, which takes Crosby and Hope from Melbourne, Australia, to the exotic island of
Bali, many of the jokes contain references to Argyle socks, Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, Tasmanian-born Errol Flynn, and a dance routine featuring Scottish bagpipes.
As with the other Road movies, Bob Hope breaks the "
fourth wall" several times to make side comments to the audience, e.g. "He's (Crosby) gonna sing, folks. Now's the time to go out and get the popcorn."
Due to irregularities with its
copyright, "Road to Bali" has lapsed into the public domain. Columbia Pictures Televisiononce had the television rights to this film in the 1980s, along with other Bob Hope movies from the 1940s and 1950s. This is evident in a home video release from the mid-1990's, where a CPT logo can be seen at the beginning and end of the film.
Because the film is in the public domain, there have been at least a dozen DVD releases from a variety of companies over the years.
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* [http://www.pdcomedy.com/Movies/RoadToBali/RoadToBali.html Free to download clips from the movie in Windows and Real Media formats]
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