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Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

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Frank Butler (screenplay), Don Hartman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Chuck Reardon
Bob Hope ... Fearless Hubert Frazier
Dorothy Lamour ... Donna Latour
Una Merkel ... Julia Quimby
Eric Blore ... Charles Kimble
Douglass Dumbrille ... Slave Trader
Iris Adrian ... French Soubrette
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Monsieur Lebec
Buck Woods Buck Woods ... Thonga
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Scarface
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Whiteface
Noble Johnson ... Chief
Joan Marsh ... Dimples
Luis Alberni ... Proprietor - Native Booth
Robert Middlemass ... Police inspector
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Storyline

Chuck and his pal Fearless flee a South African carnival when their sideshow causes a fire. After several similar escapades, they've finally saved enough to return to the USA, when Chuck spends it all on a "lost" diamond mine. But that's only the beginning; before long, a pair of attractive con-women have tricked our heroes into financing a comic safari, featuring numerous burlesque jungle adventures... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S THAT GLEESOME THREESOME AGAIN! Giving you your worth in mirth! Toping [sic] all the fun in "Road to Singapore!" (original print media ad, includes misspelling of "Topping")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach Sansibar See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, this film was not supposed to be a sequel to Road to Singapore (1940); in fact, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were not even supposed to be in it. The film was first offered to Fred MacMurray and George Burns, who both rejected it. While assembling a list of contract Paramount stars to offer it to, someone at the studio remembered that "Road to Singapore" had done relatively well, and Hope and Crosby "seemed to work well together", so it was offered to them. The rest, as they say, is history. See more »

Goofs

When Lamour and Crosby are in the rowboat on the lake, harp music plays when they dangle their hands in the water. At the end of the song Crosby sings, the harp music begins before Lamour puts her hand in the water. You can see her surprised look when she realizes she is late. See more »

Quotes

Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier: [Cannibal burps] Must've been someone he ate.
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Connections

Spoofed in High Diving Hare (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU LUCKY PEOPLE, YOU
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Good Old Fashioned Jungle Fun
29 June 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A previous reviewer said something interesting about this second Road picture being a satire on all those Hollywood jungle epics. A pet peeve of mine has always been that American's concepts of Africa came out of those films. We were not in the imperialist game in Africa which was good, but we also knew nothing about these people, their politics and culture, and in some respects we're paying for that ignorance.

That being said, I can't hold up Road to Zanzibar for that kind of criticism. It's a comedy and a funny one. With the success of the Road to Singapore and the obvious chemistry between Bob and Bing, the boys could now unload their monkeyshines on the audience full blast.

This film marked the beginning of a long association between composer James Van Heusen and Bing Crosby. Van Heusen was replacing Jimmy Monaco as partner to Johnny Burke, lyricist, and this was the first of many Crosby films they would score.

And the songs followed the usual Road picture pattern. Bing starts the movie off by singing You Lucky People You under the opening credits and continuing it in the opening scene at a carnival sideshow, a nice patented Crosby philosophical number. Dotty sings You're Dangerous while trying to vamp Hope the schnook. But then Bing croons to Dotty It's Always You another ballad and finally Hope and Crosby have a patter number Birds of a Feather sung in up tempo as the law is closing in. In that same scene is Eric Blore, better known for Fred Astaire films and he contributes to the clowning with a nice touch.

In a sense this is the first real Road picture because Singapore didn't have a lot of the spontaneity the others do because no one figured it would be such a hit. So get out and hit the Road.


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