Many of my listeners will know who Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour are. For the younger set, the aforementioned people were actors, comedians, singers, and dancers in the 1930s through 1970s. Their talent is still well worth checking out. This week’s review is of a movie titled Road to Bali, and features all three actors. There were seven movies starring these three, and all seven films started with the words “Road to…” You can think of them as the Scary Movie franchise of its day. The “Road to…” movies lampooned popular contemporary films with songs, dances, guest stars, and zany adventures. Road to Bali was the only one of the series to be filmed in color, and is perhaps the most famous.
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby star as George Cochran and Harold Gridley, two song-and-dance men working in Melbourne, Australia. To avoid following through with several misguided marriage proposals, the two sign on as deep sea divers and find themselves sailing for the island Bali. However, on the way they stop at an idyllic (unnamed) island and attract the attentions of the lovely Princess Lala, played by Dorothy Lamour. Both men fall in love with the island princess, and vie for her attentions by diving to recover a sunken chest of jewels. Once surfaced the jewels attract the unwanted attention of other locals, and the men find they have quite a mess to get out of, on the road (or in this case, sea) to Bali.
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You can get the DVD reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
Road to Bali (DVD), Osiris Entertainment