Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1941. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman, based on the story Find Colonel Fawcett by Don Hartman, Sy Bartlett. Cinematography by Ted Tatzlaff. Produced by Paul Jones. Music by Victor Young. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.
Following the grand success of Road To Singapore, the sterling box office trio of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour were once again reunited for their second “road” adventure (which would lead to five more until 1962). This is one of the less palatable entries, a tiresome comedy in which the troupe find themselves in the middle of the African jungle (conveniently built on the studio’s back lot). Only when forties movie stars find themselves in the middle of Africa can they take a break from the dangers of safari in order to go on moonlit boat trips and serenade each other with songs (and Lamour has quite a few low-cut dresses to wear in the wild). It’s terribly campy, but it’s good clean fun and, despite few jokes and a plot that drags, it has its moments.