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Road To Rio Review


Very Good
In Road to Rio, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour appear in their fifth "Road" picture with Road to Rio closing out the 1940s and the dependable series, after which there were only a few minor flare-ups in the next 15 years (Road to Bali in 1952 and the final Road to Hong Kong in 1962).

Road to Rio stands apart from the other "Road" films as having the most eclectic mix of film, radio, and recording celebrities and references. Where other "Road" films concern themselves with cinematic deconstruction (Road to Utopia, Road to Bali) and others are mired in B-movie plot development (Road to Singapore, Road to Zanzibar), this "Road" proceeds more like a variety show within a flimsy extended sketch comedy framework.

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The Road To Rio Review


Very Good
In The Road To Rio, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour appear in their fifth "Road" picture with The Road To Rio closing out the 1940s and the dependable series, after which there were only a few minor flare-ups in the next 15 years (The Road To Bali in 1952 and the final The Road To Hong Kong in 1962).

The Road To Rio stands apart from the other "Road" films as having the most eclectic mix of film, radio, and recording celebrities and references. Where other "Road" films concern themselves with cinematic deconstruction (The Road To Utopia, The Road To Bali) and others are mired in B-movie plot development (The Road To Singapore, The Road To Zanzibar), this "Road" proceeds more like a variety show within a flimsy extended sketch comedy framework.

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Road To Morocco Review


Excellent
Widely considered the best of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope's "Road to..." collaborations (this was #3 out of 7 in total), Road to Morocco is indeed a very funny movie that shows off Hope and Crosby at their best. Hope shines above all as the funnier of two wisecracking sailors who wash up ashore in Morocco, only to have Crosby sell Hope into slavery. (Yes, it's funny!) Only Hope turns out to be marrying a local princess... and then there's a nasty turn in store for both of them. It's a funny and dark look at friendship and love... and of course, any excuse to crack a joke. Watch for Hope doing double duty as Crosby's ghostly/dream-sequence aunt.

Road To Utopia Review


Excellent
In the fourth of seven Road to movies, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby turned in what is often thought to be their greatest collaboration. Road to Utopia's title refers to Alaska, where two 1900s vaudevillians decide to pursue their fortune during the Klondike gold rush. They aren't going to mine for it though; they've got a line on an old map to riches -- but they'll have impersonate two rough and tumble bad guys in order to get to it. The story's a wash, but Hope is absolutely on fire throughout the film, zinging some of the best one-liners so fast that if you go to the bathroom you'll miss three laugh-out-loud jokes. Crosby's good too, of course, but Hope owns this film, which richly deserves its reputation.
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