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Road To Utopia [DVD]

Bob Hope , Bing Crosby , Hal Walker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke, Douglass Dumbrille
  • Directors: Hal Walker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006M4SL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



I feel sorry for people who can't appreciate Hope and Crosby "road" pictures. This is the fourth in the series, and has the boys masquerading as the killers Sperry and McGurk, from whom they've stolen the map to a gold mine, but which really belongs to Dorothy Lamour, but which... and you know it really doesn't matter anyway. The point is they've got this thin plot on which to hang a series of hit-and-miss jokes, coming fast enough to make it just all right and a certain amount of time to see who gets Dorothy Lamour, while maintaining their fierce and friendly and wisecracking rivalry. They're in the Klondike this time around, which doesn't stop the film from working in a glimpse of Dorothy in her sarong. Along the way, animals talk, including the humourist Robert Benchley, whose thoroughly dispensable introduction and running commentary I wouldn't dispense with for anything. This is arguably the goofiest of the road pictures. My favorite joke is when Bob is bested in fishing with Bing. Bob remarks, "My worm must have B.O." Bing comes back with "Couldn't B.U." You may not care where you're going, just as long as you're with them. Put it there, pal, put it there. --Jim Gay

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Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour meet up once again in this 'Road to...' series. This time Lamour and Hope are married and thinking about how they came about their wealth and how they lost their best friend Crosby. However, Crosby pops up and the story is told (in flashback) of Hope and Crosby's adventures; from their failed attempts at being vaudevillians through to their purloining the deed of a gold mine from gangsters and pretending to be them. As usual the duo get into all kinds of scrapes and are after the same girl, Lamour, with all the usual gags thrown in.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Gold 15 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Road to Utopia is easily the funniest of the Hope, Crosby, Lamour outings. Bing and Bob hed for Alaska in hopes of uncovering a gold mine once owned by Lamour's deceased father. The story is told in flshback after an opening scene showing the stars in heavy aging makeup- looking not a bit as they actually would in their respective old ages. The snow-capped setting allows for unusual highjinks, and the humorist and writer Robert Benchley appears throughout the film offering pithy commentary on the plot. The songs include "Put it there Pal," and the witty "Personality." A must for any fan of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Utopia indeed. 23 Mar 2007
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
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For my money this is the best of the Hope and Crosby movies with both men on top form and with a decent script that is greatly enhanced by Robert Benchley's wry onscreen observations.

It's hardly worth mentioning the plot,aren't all the Road movie plots the same one in different locations?Bob and Bing are forced to travel to a remote location,here it's the Yukon,to escape creditors/irate fathers/vengeful husbands/an angry mob...tick as appropriate.They both meet and fall for Dorothy Lamour, who's usually in some sort of distress, and spend the rest of the picture trying to romance her and cracking jokes whilst attempting to help her.

This picture ticks all of the boxes,but when you throw in Benchley's narration,Grizzly bears,huskies,a couple of rough,tough hitmen,who Bob and Bing,naturally have to impersonate,and all that lovely,snowy,studio bound scenery and you've got yourself a little classic.

The jokes are ancient,the slapstick gags probably pre-date silent film,and the songs are pretty ho-hum to modern ears,but the charm and the cheek of the two stars pulls everything else along behind them.There's plenty to laugh at here and it's one of those films that stays in the mind long after you've seen it and I rate it as one of Hope's best comedies.Recommended,especially for a wintery Sunday afternoon,or even late at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Very funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Bob Hope & Bing Crosby movies.. 6 Feb 2014
By maureen
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this one and two others were bought for my 94 year old Uncles Birthday, they are still great today, very funny!
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