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Road to Singapore (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

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Don Hartman (screen play), Frank Butler (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
Dorothy Lamour ... Mima
Bob Hope ... Ace Lannigan
Charles Coburn ... Joshua Mallon IV
Judith Barrett ... Gloria Wycott
Anthony Quinn ... Caesar
Jerry Colonna ... Achilles Bombanassa
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Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

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Ready For Fun . . Fight . . or a South Seas Romance . . . ! They find them all on the . . .


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach of Dreams See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of the "Road" pictures that paired Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. However, Bob Hope was given third billing behind Dorothy Lamour. See more »

Goofs

Mima's guitar can be heard throughout "Sweet Potato Piper", even when she's not playing it. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lannigan: I just want you to stand there and admire me for a while. I just got an idea that's gonna make us a fortune. I don't know how I do it.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Potato Piper
(1940)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Music by James V. Monaco
Performed by Bing Crosby (uncredited), Dorothy Lamour (uncredited) and Bob Hope (uncredited)
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10 October 2005 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

The first of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" series, and not the best.

What's wrong with it? People have complained that it is plot heavy but that's a little hard to swallow because the plot could be used to stuff a portobello mushroom.

The problem, I think, is that it's too serious, if you can believe it. When one of the guys loses Dorothy Lamour he acts as if he's really hurt, which destroys the ethos of the film. Too many songs, although none of them is worse than any of the ones that were to follow.

No ipsative gags. How could there be? There can't be any reference to earlier movies like this because there were no earlier movies like this. Bob Hope acts as if he is trying to follow the plot, instead of improvising and winging it. He hasn't become quite the cowardly miles gloriosus of the later films. Crosby is saddled with a past from which he's trying to escape. And the gags -- though lingered over -- just aren't there.

Yet it's not a bad movie. Two guys go to Southeast Asia and meet a girl. Everybody's good humored. It's diverting.

You won't be depressed after you see it.


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