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Road to Morocco [DVD]
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Third in the 'Road to...' series starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, this is considered one of the best. Made during the Second World War, Hope and Crosby are shipwrecked near the coast of Morocco and find the country hostile to foreigners. The usual mayhem occurs with the beautiful Princess Shalmar (Lamour) buying Crosby as a plaything. Nominated for two Oscars, although Bob Hope wasn't nominated despite his gag in the film.
Road to Morocco, number three in the series of breezy comedies teaming Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, may be the funniest of the bunch. Bing and Bob find themselves Morocco-bound ("like Webster's dictionary"), caught in an elaborately faked-up world of harems, palm trees, and other Arabian Nights bric-a-brac. Naturally, Dorothy Lamour is also there, as she was the customary target of male rivalry in the Road scenarios. There is something so loose and ingratiating about the patter between Hope and Crosby that it doesn't ultimately matter if half the jokes don't land; these guys had their own comfortable rhythm, fueled by cheerful one-upmanship. Their sense of spontaneity broke the fourth wall between movie and audience in a way only the Marx Brothers had really accomplished before, and audiences--feeling in on the joke--ate it up. Songs (including "Moonlight Becomes You"), topical references, and ancient vaudeville routines fill out the program. --Robert Horton
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Jeffrey Peters (Crosby) and Orville "Turkey" Jackson (Hope) are a couple of swells who find themselves shipwrecked (thanks to Orville). Soon they are off (singing) on the Road to Morocco with nothing but food on their minds. Since they have no money, they are in a bit of a pickle about how to pay for their meal - that's when Peters solves their money problems by selling Orville to an Arab. After dead Aunt Lucy (yes, it's Hope in drag) appears to him and makes him feel guilty, Jeffrey decides to rescue his friend. Orville, though, doesn't want rescuing because he is being primped and pampered in the palace of Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamour). The idea of Orville marrying the beautiful princess doesn't set right with Jeffrey, and he starts crooning in her ear himself. The princess is supposed to marry Mullay Kassim (Anthony Quinn), and he (and his party of gunmen) has something to say about what goes on here. Naturally, Jeffrey and Orville end up in hot water, but they are surprisingly resourceful (they also obviously sent off for all the nifty gadgets listed on the back of old comic books as kids). Need I say it?Read more ›
You don't need to worry about the plot too much. Hope and Crosby are a couple of bums, as usual, this time shipwrecked off the North African coast. Lamour is the love interest and Anthony Quinn makes his second appearance in the series, this time as an evil, cut-throat Arab chief. All the close-ups have clearly been filmed on the Paramount lot but there are plenty of longshots of deserts, sand dunes and camels, just so you don't forget where you are supposed to be. There are a couple of catchy songs (Road to Morocco and Moonlight becomes you), the second of which had a life outside the film and has been recorded by several artists.
The pace is perhaps quicker and slicker than the first two. The action is pretty continuous and we don't slow down for the romantic subplot to be developed, which rather let down the previous Road to Zanzibar. The film is a good laugh and I enjoyed watching it.
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Classic film, still amusing to watch. They don't make them like this any more.Published 2 months ago by Jennifleur
Ordered this DVD Sat. 16th April after searching for this for years for my Dad, it was one of the first items I ordered, and it was delivered Sun. 17th April, so very pleased.Published 3 months ago by Julia W
Very light, middle of the road comedy and very much of its time. The writers didn't have to think too hard.Published 7 months ago by MV