Road to Bali

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Overview

This sixth entry in the Crosby-Hope-Lamour "Road" series was the first (and last) in Technicolor. This time, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope play George Cochran and Harold Gridley, American vaudevillians stranded in Australia. To avoid a dual shotgun wedding, George and Harold sign on as deep-sea divers for sinister South-Sea-island prince Ken Arok (Murvyn Vye). After a contretemps with an octopus (courtesy of stock footage from Reap the Wild Wind), our heroes sail to the prince's Balinese homeland, where they meet and ...
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Overview

This sixth entry in the Crosby-Hope-Lamour "Road" series was the first (and last) in Technicolor. This time, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope play George Cochran and Harold Gridley, American vaudevillians stranded in Australia. To avoid a dual shotgun wedding, George and Harold sign on as deep-sea divers for sinister South-Sea-island prince Ken Arok (Murvyn Vye). After a contretemps with an octopus (courtesy of stock footage from Reap the Wild Wind), our heroes sail to the prince's Balinese homeland, where they meet and fall in love with gorgeous Princess Lalah (Dorothy Lamour). Though Lalah favors George, she feels obligated to Harold, because he resembles her childhood best friend -- a chimpanzee (this must be seen to be believed). When Ken Arok attempts to usurp Lalah's throne, she and the boys escape to a tropical island, where they meet the inevitable slapstick-comedy gorilla. More adventures await the intrepid trio on another island, this one dominated by an active volcano. Who gets the girl in this one? A hint: the loser tries to physically prevent the "The End" title from flashing on the screen during the final fadeout. Though not as fresh and spontaneous as earlier "Road" endeavors, Road to Bali has its fair share of non sequitur gags, inside jokes and unbilled guest appearances (including Martin and Lewis, Bing's brother Bob Crosby, Humphrey Bogart and Jane Russell). Best bit: when Crosby feels a song coming on, Hope turns to the camera and hisses "He's gonna sing, folks. Now's the time to go and get your popcorn."
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Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene selector; Dolby Digital
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The plot for Road to Bali is pretty thin stuff, even for one of the "Road" pictures. This does, however, place more of a burden on our trio of stars and on the quality of the jokes and songs; while there's nothing really wrong with any of these elements, things still don't really come together to make Bali the boffo fun that it wants to be. Even moreso than in previous entries in the series, there's an abundance of self-referential humor and light genre parodies -- and comic cameo appearances are taken to a bit of a ridiculous extreme. But even so, Bali is amiable and undemanding fun, and if Bob Hope and Bing Crosby don't have the inspired lunacy that they had in Road to Morocco, they still work like a well-oiled machine (with Dorothy Lamour as the lever that often gets them started). Bali also benefits from being shot in Technicolor. There aren't any real location shots, just studio sets, but they positively drip with rich, savory color. Lamour gets the best song, "Moonflowers," and Crosby does quite nicely with the mediocre "To See You." Not the best "Road" show, Bali nonetheless is enjoyable and occasionally very funny.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • UPC: 096009009939
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,692

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Harold Gridley
Bing Crosby George Cochran
Dorothy Lamour Princess Lalah
Murvyn Vye Ken Arok
Peter Coe Gung
Leon Askin Ramayana
Ralph Moody Bhoma Da
Patricia Dane
Katharine Hepburn
Judy Landon
Raymond Lee
Kuka Tuitama
Patti McKaye
Bhogwan Singh
Jerry Groves Lesser Priest
Michael Ansara Guard
Humphrey Bogart Himself (spoof of The African Queen)
Herman Cantor Priest
Sue Casey Handmaiden
Larry Chance Attendant
Jack Claus Specialty dancer
Jean Corbett Handmaiden
Harry Cording Verna's father
Bob Crosby Himself
Roy Gordon Eunice's father
Bernie Gozier Bo Kassar
Carolyn Jones Eunice
Jan Kayne Verna
Richard Keene Conductor
Al Kikume Warrior
Donald Lawton Employment Agency Clerk
Jerry Lewis Himself
Dean Martin Himself
Charles Mauu Warrior
Allan Nixon Eunice's brother
Betty Onge Handmaiden
Satini Puailoa Warrior
Jane Russell Guest Star
Technical Credits
Hal Walker Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
Frank R. Butler Original Story, Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Dare Producer
Ross Dowd Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Joseph Lilley Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Archie Marshek Editor
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
William Morrow Screenwriter
Charles O'Curran Choreography
Hal Pereira Art Director
Harry Tugend Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Vaudevillians [7:30]
3. Diving for Work [6:29]
4. Lush Accommodations [18:55]
5. Diving for Treasure [1:43]
6. Ship Wrecked [14:22]
7. Prisoners [7:51]
8. Wedding [10:25]
9. Escaping Eruption [11:47]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On the Road again with Bing, Bob & Dottie

    To appreciate this film, you've got to have seen & enjoyed the other "Road" pictures ... as Bing & Bob are up to their usual tricks as song-and-dance men/con artists with Dorothy along for the ride. In-jokes abound and look for Leon Askin in a pre-Hogan's Heroes role.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The DUMBEST Movie I've Ever Seen!!!!!!

    I LOVE Bing Crosby, and I have also enjoyed Bob Hope, so I thought "How bad could this be?" Let me tell you folks - BAD! The movie rambled on without a plot and included stupid jokes that didn't invoke laughter. My sister and I just sat there and looked at each other blankly. We were like - "How much worse could this get? Maybe it'll get better soon." It didn't. Then came the half naked princess "Lala" who served no purpose but to have the guys gawk at her in her native garb. It was awkward. Then she said she loved them both and wanted to marry them both! How awkward is that? There was no camaraderie between the two companions, and the girl was only an object, not a human. I didn't even enjoy the songs. I thought since it was made in 1952 it would be better. It didn't have any sex or language, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. I consider this the worst movie I've ever seen. It's awful! I can't believe we sat through the whole thing. After it was over, we took the DVD out, cracked it in half, and threw it away in disgust. In short, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY (even though it is cheap.)

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