Road to Utopia (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

Road to Utopia (1945)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Road to Utopia Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

The first "Road" picture in three years (the last was The Road to Morocco), Road to Utopia is set during the Alaskan gold rush. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby play a pair of third-rate San Francisco entertainers, Chester Hooton and Duke Johnson, who are obliged to skip town in a hurry. They book passage on a ship to Alaska, where they run afoul of escaped murderers Sperry (Robert H. Barrat) and McGurk (Nestor Paiva). Through a fluke, Chester and Duke overpower the killers, then get off the ship in Skagway disguised as Sperry and McGurk so that they themselves can evade the authorities. The boys can't understand why everyone is so afraid of them, nor why saloon owner Ace Larson (Douglas Dumbrille) and Larson's moll Kate (Hillary Brooke) are so chummy. It turns out that Sperry and McGurk had stolen a deed to a valuable gold mine before escaping to Alaska. Sal Van Hoyden (Dorothy Lamour) is the rightful owner of that deed, thus she too shows up in Skagway, hoping to extract the document from Chester and Duke. Whenever the plot threatens to become too difficult to follow, narrator Robert Benchley shows up to explain things -- which of course only adds to the confusion. At any rate, the whole affair ends up with Chester, Duke, and Sal running through the snowy wastes, with the villains in hot pursuit. Duke nobly stays behind to fight off the bad guys himself, handing the deed to Chester and Sal and wishing them Godspeed. Flash-forward to 1945: Chester and Sal, both old and wealthy, are reunited with their equally aged pal Duke, who wasn't killed after all. Sal tells Duke that Chester has been a wonderful husband and father. Yes, father...and wait till you see who plays their child ("We adopted him!").more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Bing Crosby
as Duke Johnson / Junio...
Bob Hope
as Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour
as Sal Van Hoyden
Will Wright
as Mr. Latimer
Jimmie Dundee
as Ringleader of henchm...
Jim Thorpe
as Passenger
Art Foster
as Husky Sailor
Stanley Andrews
as Official at boat
Al Bridge
as Boat captain
Alan Bridge
as Boat Captain
Lee Shumway
as Policeman
Al Ferguson
as Policeman
Edgar Dearing
as Official Cop
Charles C. Wilson
as Official Cop
Brandon Hurst
as Man at Zambini's
Donald Gallagher
as Man at Zambini's
Donald Gallaher
as Man at Zambini's
Lee "Bud" Harrison
as Man at Zambini's
Edward Emerson
as Master of Ceremonies
Ronnie Rondell
as Hotel Manager
Allen Pomeroy
as Henchman
Jack Stoney
as Henchman
Frank Moran
as Bartender
Bobby Barber
as Bartender
Pat West
as Bartender
Larry Daniels
as Ringleader
Ferdinand Munier
as Santa Claus
Ethan Laidlaw
as Saloon extra
James Lono
as Eskimo
Paul Newlan
as Tough ship's purser
Charles Wilson
as Official Cop
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Road to Utopia

Critic Reviews for Road to Utopia

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

My choice as the funniest of Hope and Crosby's Road pictures. It is definitely the zaniest.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Has plenty of quips.

Full Review… | December 12, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Road to Utopia

½

This is my absolute favourite of the Road series, it was the second I saw (I've seen them all now.), and it's the funniest if you ask me.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

My first Hope and Crosby Road picture. Robert Benchley was funny as the narrator. Crosby and Hope were both charming as expected. They are vaudeville showmen who come across an Alaskan gold rush map and head off to make a fortune with thugs on their heels. They compete for the affections of Dorothy Lamour who may be working for a gangster who is after the gold. Some good laughs. Not as many musical numbers as I expected (or as catchy). It was interesting the way Bob Hope broke the forth wall to comment to the audience, sometimes even admitting that the jokes weren't that great.

hypathio7
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

½

One of the best of the Crosby/Hope road movies. Very funny.

threefolddado
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Road to Utopia Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Road to Utopia on our Movie forum!