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
Road to Zanzibar
Road to Morocco
Road to Utopia
Road to Rio
Road to Bali
The Road to Hong Kong
Oh! By the way...I added a Bing Crosby radio show that features Bob Hope to my playlist on my page.