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I have always loved both Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. I think they are both extraordinary individual talents but when they were brought together there was magic. They were able to work off each others strengths. I'm not sure how many movies they appeared in together but the ones most familiar are the "ROAD" series. You know the ones I mean. The ones where Bob and Bing are on the road to somewhere enjoying bachelorhood but there is always the girl who comes between them? They did a total of seven road movies. Six of the seven had one of my favorite dames in the pictures...Dorothy Lamour (ooh la la!) She co-starred in all the pictures with them except the last one Road to Hong Kong. Road to Hong Kong was made ten years after their previous road picture Road to Rio.

My personal favorite was their film Road to Utopia where they go to Alaska and impersonate a couple of bad guys they bamboozled named Sperry and McGurk. They lifted a map of a goldmine from these characters and see an opportunity. The film always has me laughing in stitches as it's just classic comedy.

These films are mostly the same plot told in different ways and most of the time Bing gets the girl. I do think that Hope won out once though. They also have pretty good songs as Bingo croons them out with the best of them. Although Bob was not a great singer he certainly was sufficient for the vaudeville style he usually did.

So, which of the Road movies do you like? Here's a complete list:

Road to Singapore (1940)
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
Road to Morocco (1942)
Road to Utopia (1946)
Road to Rio (1947)
Road to Bali (1952)
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

Oh! By the way...I added a Bing Crosby radio show that features Bob Hope to my playlist on my page.


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Comment by Abdullah aka Chuck on March 25, 2008 at 4:28pm
I never was a big fan of Bob Hope on the TV specials and such. He always seemed like he was reading his jokes. His early movies ( the Road pictures, Lemon Drop kid etc.) were a different story.He was very enjoyable in them.
Comment by Classic Movie Man on March 23, 2008 at 7:54am
The Road movies are great fun. I think for sheer wackiness Utopia can't be beat, Morocco is great for the music (not just Moonlight but We're on the Road To Morocco, Constantly etc)and Rio has a good plot. Singapore the first in the series is a bit subdued and probably wouldn't be remembered much if it wasn't a Road film. Hong Kong is a bit tired. They are all pleasant viewing.

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