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Road to Singapore (1940)

Road to Singapore (1940)

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In this film, Josh Mallon is the irresponsible son of shipping magnate Joshua Mallon IV. Though the elder Mallon wants his son to enter the family business and marry longtime fiancee Gloria Wycott, Josh would rather pal around with his carefree sailor buddy Ace Lannigan.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Studio:
Universal Pictures

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Cast

Bing Crosby
as Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V
Bob Hope
as Ace Lannigan
Charles Coburn
as Joshua Mallon IV
Anthony Quinn
as Caesar
Judith Barrett
as Gloria Wycott
Jerry Colonna
as Achilles Bombanassa
Johnny Arthur
as Timothy Willow
Pierre Watkin
as Morgan Wycott
Miles Mander
as Sir Malcolm Drake
Don Brodie
as Fred
John Kelly
as Sailor
Kitty Kelly
as Sailor's wife
Roger Gray
as Father
Harry C. Bradley
as Secretary
Richard Keene
as Cameraman
Gloria Franklin
as Ninky Poo
Carmen D'Antonio
as Dancing Girl
Monte Blue
as High Priest
Cyril Ring
as Ship's officer
Helen Lynd
as Society girl
Paula DeCardo
as Native Dancing Girl
Benny Inocencio
as Native Boy
Jack Pepper
as Columnist
Arthur Q. Bryan
as Bartender
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Immigration Officer
Belle Mitchell
as Shopkeeper
Fred Malatesta
as Native Policeman
Robert St. Angelo
as Native Policeman
Marguerita Padula
as Proprietress
Bobby Barber
as Dumb-Looking Little Man
Claire James
as Girl at Party
Robert E. O'Connor
as Immigration Officer
Grace Hayle
as Chaperone
Richard Tucker
as Ship's Officer
Elvia Allman
as Homely Girl
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Critic Reviews for Road to Singapore

All Critics (9)

The Road picture that started it all isn't the funniest, but Hope and Crosby are still fun to watch.

October 30, 2004
Reel.com

The first 'Road' picture has its undeniable charms, but isn't as wild as the later entries.

January 8, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hope and Crosby still a bit rough around the edges.

August 12, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Road to Singapore

½

This is the Road film that started all with the brilliant comic pairing of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The two bozos both skip out on obligations and relationships back home and together they hightail it to Singapore. There they both fall head over heels for the same girl despite having vowed to give up women. Together the trio hide from their respective pasts. However, with barely any money they must muddle through with cons. Everything comes to fruition at a native marriage ceremony where Mallon's father and fiancee catch up with him. In the end everything works out as it always does and Singapore was only the tip of the iceberg. The film works based on the chemistry of the leading trio and the ad-libbing and various gags such as "Patty-Cake."

Four Star Film Fan
Four Star Film Fan
½

The first "Road" movie is enjoyable and fun for the most part, but there are some bumps on this road trip. The sequels offer more of the same, but some are funnier than others, and most are funnier than this one.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Sea faring buddies Hope and Crosby dodge marriage vows and set up house together on a remote island paradise, until beautiful gypsy girl Dorothy Lamour appears and upsets their domestic bliss. This is one of those old style Hollywood films that seems hilariously naive by today's standards. A pair of men who don't want to get married to glamorous women so they decide to live (and sleep!) together...okaaaay then! This was the first of their collaborations and so the formula hasn't quite found its feet; Hope is more of a sidekick to main man Crosby (even appearing below Dorothy Lamour on the credits) and so the screwball banter of their later outings is sorely missing. In fact there are far more songs than jokes so it can be seen more as a romantic musical than a straight comedy. There's not much in the way of plot either, but if you're in the mood for old school, undemanding fluff decorated with some 40s Hollywood glamour (involving some lovely costumes by Edith Head) and a few chuckles, this adequately fits the bill.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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