Road to Utopia

Overview

Hal Walker's Road To Utopia, shot in 1944 but released in 1946, had previously appeared on DVD from Image Entertainment, in an edition lacking any extras or, for that matter, the benefits of a state-of-the-art transfer. The 2002 reissue directly from Universal is a significant improvement, with enough built-in whistles and bells to keep viewers busy with a lot more than the movie. As to the feature itself, it's presented in a crisp new transfer from a very clean and sharp print -- all so sharp that the black ...
See more details below
DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $6.88   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Overview

Hal Walker's Road To Utopia, shot in 1944 but released in 1946, had previously appeared on DVD from Image Entertainment, in an edition lacking any extras or, for that matter, the benefits of a state-of-the-art transfer. The 2002 reissue directly from Universal is a significant improvement, with enough built-in whistles and bells to keep viewers busy with a lot more than the movie. As to the feature itself, it's presented in a crisp new transfer from a very clean and sharp print -- all so sharp that the black cloth on which the game "Ghosto" is named is held up, it shines, and even its texture is visible in a wide shot. There's an audio track to match, sharp and loud, which is a help not only when Bing Crosby sings but when he and Bob Hope do their song-and-dance number, "The Lonesomest Man In Town." The 18 chapters are adequate to the job of delineating the plot, such as it is, but there's a lot more than the movie here to enjoy. In addition to the documentary "Bob Hope & The Road To Success," which appears on each of the four Universal-released discs of the "Road" movies, we get a superb morale-boosting short entitled "Hollywood Victory Caravan." This is one of the best featurettes of its kind that this reviewer has ever seen -- in addition to Hope and Crosby (who have a lot of fun here), we get Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd, Betty Hutton (in a full-blown production number almost worthy of Busby Berkeley), William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, and Humphrey Bogart (stepping out of character in a patriotic speech that is perfectly placed and very moving in its passion and sincerity), all in worthwhile scenes of varying lengths. There are also bios on the key supporting players and the director, and an original trailer, all of these extras accessible through an easy-to-manipulate multi-layered menu that opens automatically on start-up. For those with the need to use them, captions and subtitles can be activated in English, French, and Spanish.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Bob Hope and the Road to Success; Hollywood Victory Caravan; Photograph gallery; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; DVD-ROM features
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The fourth of the "Road" pictures, Road to Utopia is a zany and engaging entry in the series. Indeed, while the previous Road projects had certainly been wacky and loose, Utopia takes these qualities up to a new level. Robert Benchley's interrupting narrations, self-referential asides and gags, and a man wandering into the film merely because he is looking for the soundstage of a different film can all be found here; fans of deconstructionist comedy could have a field day with Utopia. But those just in the mood for a fast and furious "odd couple with gal pal" comedy will have an even better time. Sure, some of jokes fall flat and the plot gets too complicated as Benchley points out, but the chemistry between Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour is what the Road pictures are all about, and that chemistry is top-notch here. Utopia also features the requisite musical numbers, with Lamour's smashing "Personality" a standout here. Director Hal Walker pretty much just gets out of the way of his trio of stars, but that's probably the best course he could have taken. It's quite silly, and in places quite dated, but Utopia is a lot of fun.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192123023
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,445

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Duke Johnson
Bob Hope Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour Sal Van Hoyden
Robert Benchley Voice Only
Hillary Brooke Kate
Douglas Dumbrille Ace Larson
Jack LaRue Le Bec
Nestor Paiva McGurk
George Anderson Townsman
Stanley Andrews Official at boat
Bobby Barber Bartender
Robert H. Barrat Sperry
William Benedict Newsboy
Al Bridge Boat captain
Romaine Callender Top Hat
Larry Daniels Ringleader
Edgar Dearing Official
Jimmie Dundee Ringleader of henchmen
Edward Emerson Master of Ceremonies
Al Ferguson Policeman
Maxine Fife Girl
Art Foster Husky Sailor
Donald Gallagher Man at Zambini's
Charles Gemora Bear
Brandon Hurst Man at Zambini's
Claire James Girl
Ethan Laidlaw Saloon extra
Arthur Loft Purser
James Lono Eskimo
George McKay Waiter
Frank Moran Bartender
Ferdinand Munier Santa Claus
Paul Newlan Tough ship's purser
Allen Pomeroy Henchman
Ronnie Rondell Hotel Manager
Jack Rutherford Man
Lee Shumway Cop
Jack Stoney Henchman
Jim Thorpe Passenger
Pat West Bartender
Charles Wilson Official Cop
Will Wright Mr. Latimer
Technical Credits
Hal Walker Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Johnny Burke Score Composer, Songwriter
Daniel Dare Choreography
Robert Emmett Dolan Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Jerry Fairbanks Animator
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Jones Producer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Norman Panama Screenwriter
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy Van Heusen Score Composer, Songwriter
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [:22]
2. Old Friends [1:56]
3. Flashback [3:20]
4. Ghost-O [1:41]
5. Dockside [8:01]
6. The Map [1:38]
7. The Golden Rail [9:04]
8. Sperry [3:43]
9. McGurk [4:45]
10. Double Date [4:47]
11. Women and Fishin' [3:22]
12. Night Action [2:08]
13. The Morning After [2:11]
14. Above It All [2:29]
15. Mistakes Happen [6:16]
16. The Perils of Sal [5:48]
17. Dogsled Racing [2:05]
18. Back to the Present [5:58]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Bob Hope and the Road to Success
      Hollywood Victory Caravan
      Photograph Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Bing Crosby as Duke Johnson/Junior Hooton
         Bob Hope as Chester Hooton
         Dorothy Lamour as Sal Van Hoyden
         Douglass Dumbrille as Ace Larson
         Hillary Brooke as Kate
         Jack La Rue as LeBec
         Directed by Hal Walker
      DVD-ROM Features
      DVD Newsletter
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Captions & Subtitles: None
   Play
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously