Road to Utopia

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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!").

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Bing Crosby
as Duke Johnson / Junior Hooton
Bob Hope
as Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour
as Sal Van Hoyden
Will Wright
as Mr. Latimer
Jimmie Dundee
as Ringleader of henchmen
Jim Thorpe
as Passenger
Art Foster
as Husky Sailor
Stanley Andrews
as Official at boat
Alan Bridge
as Boat Captain
Al 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 Gallaher
as Man at Zambini's
Donald Gallagher
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
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Critic Reviews for Road to Utopia

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Audience Reviews for Road to Utopia

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2008
    One of the best of the Crosby/Hope road movies. Very funny.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2008
    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.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2008
    The only "Road to..." movie I've seen due to a glowing recommendation from the classic book Cult Pics and Trash Flicks, this is an amazingly funny film filled with a surprising amount of black humour. Highly recommended.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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