HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Antebellum
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Diana's Wedding
Deerskin
Toll, The
Two of Us
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Road to Bali South Seas Shenanigans
Year: 1952
Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye, Peter Coe, Ralph Moody, Leon Askin, Carolyn Jones, Michael Ansara, Jane Russell, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis
Genre: Musical, ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Variety double act George (Bing Crosby) and Harold (Bob Hope) are touring Australia to bring their brand of entertainment to such cities as Melbourne, but that's not all they bring. Tonight, as they dance through their act, they notice two angry fathers standing in the wings with two willing daughters believing they are to be married to them. Well, George and Harold would hate to disappoint them, but weddings are not on their agenda and they make a break for the door. They escape, but the fathers catch up with them prompting the duo to jump off their train - while it's still moving. They don't know it yet, but they're now on the road to Bali...

It had been five years since the last Road picture, and this, the sole colour one, was to be the last until the ill-advised return to the series ten years later with Road to Hong Kong. This was made close enough to the others, however, to feel more official than that one, and the formula that made them such winners was still in place. You get the impression the three stars - Dorothy Lamour turns up presently - could sleepwalk their way through films such as these, but they seemed to be having such fun making them that there was still a sparkle; this wasn't up there with Road to Morocco or Road to Utopia, but it was still funny enough.

They don't actually reach Bali, of course, and a lot of their journey takes place over the sea, but I suppose the title is figurative. Typically convoluted, the tone veers towards the preposterous early on and stays there, but that's much of the charm. It's easy to feel tremendous goodwill towards this movie based on the previous instalments, though there were those who found it disappointing, but with all the in-jokes, breaking the fourth wall and general goofing around it has a sense of being the real thing rather than a past it tribute.

While still in Australia, George and Harold are looking for work in between song and dance routines and have to settle for a deep sea diver's job, although each thinks the other will carry out the underwater tasks. Their bosses are Pacific islanders looking for sunken treasure, and our heroes take a trip with them to their paradise home (mainly a selection of obvious but lavish sets) where they meet Lamour, playing Princess Lala. As usual, the boys have to fight over who wins the attentions of Lamour, and there are a selection of beauties to turn their heads (at one point we hear a scream "Oh no!" and are reassured by Hope that's it's OK, it's just Errol Flynn).

What the islanders haven't told George and Harold is that there happens to be a giant, man-eating squid down there guarding the treasure. Of course, Hope ventures down there oblivious and manages to fend off the monster by getting out of the suit and floating to the surface, although when Crosby asks him precisely how he did it, we not party to the information. But now George, Harold and the Princess must flee, because they have the booty and the island guards are intent on seizing it and bumping them off. There follows a shipwreck, another island, a lovesick gorilla and an active volcano, not to mention Hope and Crosby taking the buddy theme too far and getting married (accidentally, but still). Also worth watching for is the oddly disturbing flashback where the Princess reminisces about her childhood pet - a chimp with Hope's face! Yes, it's consistently smart-alecky and self-indulgent, but that's why it's amusing. Music by Johnny Burke and Joseph J. Lilley.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5120 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (3)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: