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Road to Bali, 1952.
Directed by Hal Walker.
Starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
Road to Bali is the sixth movie in the popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope "Road" series (beginning in 1940 with Road to Singapore) and sees the comic pair as vaudevillians George and Harold, competing for the affections of the beautiful Princess Lala (Lamour) in the South Pacific.
As with the previous offerings Road to Bali is thin on plot and instead relies on the chemistry of its stars to entertain with a mixture of ad-libbing, sight gags and musical numbers, and also features a host of uncredited cameos including legends such as Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Humphrey Bogart and Jane Russell.
The film is the only colour entry in the Road series and the last to feature Dorothy Lamour in a leading role, although she does make a cameo appearance in the seventh and final offering Road to Hong Kong, produced ten years later by United Artists. Coincidently, Road to Bali is also the only instalment to have slipped into the public domain, with studio Paramount having failed to renew the copyright within the required time-frame.
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