Road to Singapore 1940

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The Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour Road series began with this romp about two traveling buddies that meet up with a dancer who becomes the object of their fight for her affection.

Starring:
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Music, Comedy
Director Victor Schertzinger
Starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby
Studio NBCU
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The first entry in the Crosby-Hope-Lamour series is also the weakest. Crosby plays a young man who escapes the responsibility of an impending marriage and employment in his father's company by travelling, with buddy Hope, to Singapore. They both fall in love with Lamour and proceed to rescue her from an evil Anthony Quinn. Unfortunately, Crosby and Hope still seem to be ironing out kinks in their banter, and the script doesn't pit them against eachother in the manner of the later films. Still, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and, although the movie's dated, there are still a great many laughs. The Burke-Van Heusan score includes the beautiful "Too Romantic," and the jaunty "Sweet Potato Piper."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Bob Hope & Bing Crosby team up here for what was the start of a musical comedy franchise that would yield seven movies in total. Six of which would also feature Dorothy Lamour. This first outing finds the boys and Dorothy on the island of Kaigoon, where the lads are escaping from scandal and romantic entanglements and she tied to an abusive partner played by Anthony Quinn. With no money and trouble coming thick and fast, the three of them will do well to survive the week together, especially since love is once again in the air!.

It's probably (in a good way) the simplicity of the plotting's that made it such a popular franchise. For the "Road" movies are in truth simple frameworks on which to hang the charming comedy contrasts of Hope & Crosby. Tho Crosby is not the straight man as such, he's the more reserved part of the duo, his mannered delivery of the lines and his casual approach to the scrapes they get in blends delightfully with Hope's more crash bang characterisations. And of course they are aided by Lamour who acts as not just as a catalyst for some play off shenanigans, but also as the rose between two spiky hormonal thorns. Road To Singapore is far from the best of the series and far from being the worst, but it holds up very well and harks back to a time when harmless innuendo, breezy pacing and a willingness to let the actors ad lib situations made for good wholesome comedy. Good songs dot themselves throughout the piece too, with the stand out being "Too Romantic" performed by Crosby & Lamour.

A lovely little piece that serves as a foundation for a much loved series. 6.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Hughes on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
The Road to Singapore is the first of the "Road To" movies that teamed up Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Interestingly, in this film Lamour gets a higher billing than Hope, but their positions are reversed in subsequent films.

They do a moonlight flit by boat, Crosby to escape responsibilities and marriage, and Hope to escape an irate father. Their money runs out and they end up on a tropical island en-route to Singapore. They team up with Lamour, a poorly treated performer who they save from the clutches of her brutal dancing partner, played by a young Anthony Quinn. Initially she is their unpaid cook/housekeeper but inevitably a romantic triangle develops. Several routines revolve around their unsuccessful attempts as conmen trying to sell remedies and cleaning fluids. They also almost get married off to local girls at a rather un-PC native feast where there is plenty of blacking up and wild dancing. Eventually, responsibilities, in the form of Crosby's father and his fiancée catch up with them and the various relationships are resolved.

In the meantime, there is plenty of fast patter, in-jokes, songs and dance routines. Even the patacake, patacake routine is first seen here. This is not their strongest film but it flowed along at a reasonable pace. There was a chemistry between the three stars and the dialogue and jokes between Crosby and Hope were typically brisk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jack on 29 April 2013
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The dvd arrived very quickly and was as described. A classic movie to watch on a rainy evening. Very funny
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By Mr. Graham Ferrier on 18 Aug. 2013
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The reason I bought a number of the "Road to..." movies was to remind me of an era long past when four-letter words in the humour weren't necessary.But it (personally) wasn't as good as some of the others.
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This film is the first in the road movies and its ok but the later films are better. It didn't cost much which was good.
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