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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 September 2010
The last joint trip out for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, The Road to Hong Kong doesn't have the best of reputations but, while it never really takes off, it's an inoffensive time-filler with enough moderately amusing (rather than laugh-out-loud funny) moments to make it worth a look. Shot in the UK and cashing in on the Space Race craze of the day, it has Hope and Crosby's conmen caught up with `Third Echelon' leader Robert Morley's plans to rule the world by conquering space when Hope accidentally memorises a secret rocket formula. If the plot plays like a lower budget backlot dry run for a Roger Moore Bond film and a few of the comic setpieces fall flat, it coasts by on the duo's star power. Joan Collins more or less fills in the Dorothy Lamour role, though Dottie does turn up for an extended cameo near the end of the film. It's probably the cameos that give the film much of its interest today: Zsa Zsa Gabor may not have made the final cut and Jerry Colonna's scene plays like it was written for Groucho Marx, but David Niven, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin pop up as well while an unbilled Peter Sellers does his Indian doctor routine in one prolonged setpiece. It doesn't measure up to the earlier Road films, but considering how much worse Hope's films in particular would become in the 60s it probably looks a lot better now with hindsight.
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