Road To Morocco

Road To Morocco

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Director: David Butler

Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

     
 

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Having accidentally caused a merchant ship to blow up, stowaways Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are shipwrecked on the African coast in Road to Morocco. Commandeering a convenient camel (who takes time to ad-lib a spit in Hope's eye!), Bob and Bing are off on the road to Morocco, an event they celebrate in songSee more details below

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Having accidentally caused a merchant ship to blow up, stowaways Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are shipwrecked on the African coast in Road to Morocco. Commandeering a convenient camel (who takes time to ad-lib a spit in Hope's eye!), Bob and Bing are off on the road to Morocco, an event they celebrate in song. With nary a penny in their pockets, the boys try various methods to scare up a meal. Old reliable Bing shows up with the necessary funds; when Bob asks where the money came from, Bing calmly informs his pal that he's been sold into slavery. Bob is dragged off to parts unknown; later, Bing, his conscience bothering him, scours the town in search of his buddy. He stumbles into a luxurious palace, where Bob is being treated like a rajah. Even more puzzling, Bob is being kissed and cosseted by Moroccan-princess Dorothy Lamour, who announces plans to marry him in a few days! Neither Bing nor Bob can figure this out, but the audience knows that Dorothy has been advised by her astrologers that her first husband will suffer a violent death, and that her second marriage will be long and happy. Since Dorothy is affianced to desert sheik Anthony Quinn, ol' buddy Bob is once more set up as a dead duck. But Dorothy finds herself attracted to Bing, and forgets all about her pre-arranged marriage to Quinn (just as well, since Quinn is the heavy of the piece). On the eve of the wedding, the astrologers find they've made a mistake, and that Dorothy is now free to marry the man of her dreams-who, by this time, is Bing. Bob must console himself with handmaiden Dona Drake, who's some looker herself. As the wedding procession proceeds, Quinn comes riding into town, kidnaps Dorothy, and leaves Bob and Bing trussed up in the desert. Freeing themselves, Bob and Bing make their way through the desert wastes ("This must be where they empty the old hourglasses") in search of Quinn's camp. After an amusing series of mirages, the boys sneak into camp and attempt to rescue Dorothy and Dona. Imprisoned by Quinn, the boys muff an opportunity to use a magic ring, but still manage to escape. Using exploding cigars and hotfoots, our heroes sabotage a peace conference between Quinn and rival sheik George Givot, prompting a talking camel to remark "This is the screwiest picture I've ever been in." Bob, Bing and the girls escape to New York, but not before Crosby spoils Hope's chances at getting an Academy Award by interrupting Bob's "mad scene." Generally regarded as the best of the "Road" pictures, Road to Morocco is as fresh and funny today as it was back in 1942; even in repeated viewings, the rapid-fire one liners and comic setpieces result in boffo bellylaughs. An Oscar was bestowed upon Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen's ballad "Moonlight Becomes You."

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The fact that the audience accepts a camel talking to them is proof that Road to Morocco achieves the same degree of priceless and inexplicable lunacy that can only be found in the best Warner Bros. cartoons. The third of the "Road" movies, Morocco is unarguably the highlight of this daffy, delightful series; the rapid-fire wisecracks, ridiculous situations, comic buffoonery of the stars, get-out-of-the-way-and-just-shoot direction of David Butler, and general air of zaniness come together in a way that makes Road to Morocco something very special. Although none of the individual participants have the innate, inspired zaniness that one associates with the Marx Brothers, somehow their talents coalesce in this picture into something very close to the organized chaos of which the brothers were masters. Even the songs are good (not always the case in the "Road" shows), with the title song featuring some felicitous lyrics, and the big ballad, "Moonlight Becomes You," is genuinely romantic. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are their usual selves, only deliriously more so, and Dorothy Lamour plays off of them with effortless skill. If there are weak links in the supporting cast (such as Anthony Quinn's one-note villain), it doesn't really matter. Road to Morocco is so "right" that its flaws don't matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
UPC:
0096898055031
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Jeff Peters
Bob Hope Turkey Jackson
Dorothy Lamour Princess Shalmar
Anthony Quinn Mullay Kasim
Vladimir Sokoloff Hyder Khan
Dona Drake Mihirmah
Mikhail Rasumny Ahmed Fey
Jamiel Hasson Aide to Mullay Kasim
Monte Blue Aide to Mullay Kasim
Louise LaPlanche Handmaiden
Theo de Voe Handmaiden
Brooke Evans Handmaiden
Suzanne Ridgway Handmaiden
Patsy Mace Handmaiden
Yvonne De Carlo Handmaiden
Poppy Wilde Handmaiden
Ralph Penney Arabian waiter
Dan Seymour Arabian Buyer
Jerry Colonna Actor
Victor Laplace Handmaiden
Victor Groves Actor
Sylvia Opert Dancer
George Givot Neb Jolla
Leon Belasco Yusef
Sara Berner Female Camel
Dick Botiller Warrior
Rita Christiani Specialty dancer
Harry Cording Warrior
Edward Emerson Bystander
Brandon Hurst English Announcer
Cy Kendall Fruit Stand Proprietor
George Lloyd Guard
Richard Loo Chinese announcer
Michael Mark Arab Pottery Vendor
Leo Mostovoy Russian announcer
Nestor Paiva Arab Sausage Vendor
Stanley Price Idiot
Kent Rogers Male Camel
Sammy Stein Guard
Andrew Tombes Oso Bucco
Blue Washington Nubian slave
Robert Barron Gigantic Bearded Arab

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Don Hartman Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Jones Producer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Irene Morra Editor
Paul Oscard Choreography
Robert Usher Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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