Road to Morocco (1942)




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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. 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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Bing Crosby
as Jeff Peters
Bob Hope
as Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy
Dorothy Lamour
as Princess Shalmar
Anthony Quinn
as Mullay Kasim
Dona Drake
as Mihirmah
Mikhail Rasumny
as Ahmed Fey
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Hyder Khan
George Givot
as Neb Jolla
Andrew Tombes
as Oso Bucco
Louise LaPlanche
as Handmaiden
Monte Blue
as Aides to Mullay Kasim
Jamiel Hasson
as Aides to Mullay Kasim
Louise La Planche
as Handmaiden
Theo de Voe
as Handmaiden
Brooke Evans
as Handmaiden
Suzanne Ridgway
as Handmaiden
Yvonne De Carlo
as Handmaiden
Patsy Mace
as Handmaiden
Poppy Wilde
as Handmaiden
Victor Laplace
as Handmaiden
Sammy Stein
as Guard
Ralph Penney
as Arabian waiter
Dan Seymour
as Arabian Buyer
Peter Katchenaro
as Philippine Announcer
Sara Berner
as Female Camel
Brandon Hurst
as English Announcer
Richard Loo
as Chinese announcer
Leo Mostovoy
as Russian announcer
Victor Groves
as Knife Dancer
Joe Jewett
as Knife Dancer
Michael Mark
as Arab Pottery Vendor
Nestor Paiva
as Arab Sausage Vendor
Rita Christiani
as Specialty dancer
Robert Barron
as Gigantic Bearded Arab
Cy Kendall
as Fruit Stand Proprietor
Edward Emerson
as Bystander
Sylvia Opert
as Dancer
Kent Rogers
as Male Camel
Blue Washington
as Nubian slave
Harry Cording
as Warrior
Dick Botiller
as Warrior
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Critic Reviews for Road to Morocco

All Critics (12)

The third in the popular Paramount series, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is considered by some to be the most entertaining.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012

More Republican zany than Democrat zany.

Full Review… | May 2, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Always fun to be off on this road w/Hope and Crosby

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Lighthearted and nonsensical, sophisticated but not overplotted, Road to Morocco represents the point at which the Road-movie formula had hit its stride but hadn't yet descended into self-parody.

Full Review… | August 9, 2003
Decent Films Guide

Crosby, Hope and Lamour at top form; still funny 60 years later.

October 14, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Bing, Bob, Dottie, a talking camel, and great songs

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Road to Morocco

Two goof-balls get lost in the white part of Morocco. Let me get the serious stuff out of the way. Morocco is portrayed as radically other. All of the attractive characters are white actors playing "brown-face," and all of the unsavory characters have accents and are excessively tribal and violent. This portrayal continues the traditions that Edward Said writes about in Orientalism in which he claims that films like this contribute to a racist cultural attitude vis-a-vis the "East." That said, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were hilarious, and in spite of the film's problems from an academic standpoint, the film is nevertheless marvelously entertaining. Of all the Golden Age singing stars, I think Crosby is my favorite. His voice is so free and easy; it looks like anyone could sing like him, but of course no one can. The self-referential jokes are great, and Crosby and Hope have an excellent chemistry. Overall, the film gets a one-star penalty for racism, but it's still remarkably entertaining.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Crosby gets Hope to pretend he's retarded so that he might beg for some food, but wouldn't you know it, the first guy they try it out on has a speech impediment and thinks they're making fun of the way he talks. So then, in order to pay for a meal, Crosby sells Hope into slavery. But when your new owner is Dorothy Lamour... ooh la la, who minds getting sold? It's a very cheesy film, even by 1940s standards, but at least Hope and Crosby are letting the audience know that they know that we know, by breaking down the 4th wall and giving us the inside jokes, gags and puns. It probably pays to be in a certain mood when watching this movie, and I don't think I was in it.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


Not a great movie, but it is pretty funny. If you love Crosby and Hope, you'll enjoy this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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