Road To Bali (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1952.  Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises.  Story by , , Screenplay by Frank Butler, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reunite for their second-last Road adventure, well past the prime of the series’ popularity and the only one filmed in colour.  It’s a forgettable collection of hijinks as the two play, what else, low rate vaudevillian actors working the Far East who desperately need cash.  They take a job as deep-sea divers for the ruler of a small tropical island, completely unaware that they are actually being enlisted to help an evil prince with wicked intentions get possession of buried treasure.  When they arrive at their destination, they also discover that the ruler has a gorgeous sister () who greets her guests with ravishing musical numbers (her “Moon Flowers” actually is truly wonderful).  From there things only get sillier, but watch it in the right frame of mind and you won’t mind a bit; the chemistry these three traded off on for so many years has grown no mould, while the overwrought, self-aware gags (“I promised my brother a shot in the picture”) still tickle a rib or two.

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