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zmur4| Road to Utopia
Director: Hal Walker
Screenplay: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Producer: Buddy G. DeSylva, Paul Jones
Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke, Douglass Dumbrille
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 90
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Mar 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  I feel sorry for people who can't appreciate Hope and Crosby "road" pictures. This is the fourth in the series, and has the boys masquerading as the killers Sperry and McGurk, from whom they've stolen the map to a gold mine, but which really belongs to Dorothy Lamour, but which... and you know it really doesn't matter anyway. The point is they've got this thin plot on which to hang a series of hit-and-miss jokes, coming fast enough to make it just all right and a certain amount of time to see who gets Dorothy Lamour, while maintaining their fierce and friendly and wisecracking rivalry. They're in the Klondike this time around, which doesn't stop the film from working in a glimpse of Dorothy in her sarong. Along the way, animals talk, including the humorist Robert Benchley, whose thoroughly dispensable introduction and running commentary I wouldn't dispense with for anything. This is arguably the goofiest of the road pictures. My favorite joke is when Bob is bested in fishing with Bing. Bob remarks, "My worm must have B.O." Bing comes back with "Couldn't B.U." You may not care where you're going, just as long as you're with them. Put it there, pal, put it there. "--Jim Gay"

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