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  • I love the songs in Road to Zanzibar, too

    • by Orrymain

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      Road to Zanzibar is the second of the Road pictures. From 1941, it starred Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. As in Road to Singapore, the two fellas are mischief makers. We see them first as a carnival act, with Hope about to be shot out of a cannon. One thing leads to another, and they end up on a safari with the sultry brunette, Lamour.


      characters are not the same as in Road to Singapore, but the storyline is essentially the same. It’s always the two wacky guys falling for the same gal in some exotic land (in this case, Zanzibar), and Crosby is usually the winner.

      This movie has one of my favorite Road scenes in it. Hope and Crosby think Lamour has been eaten alive by leopards. They bury her clothes in ...

      • the sand to make it a sacred place and then start singing a song when all of a sudden she begins to sing and appears. It’s old hat, but this is clean fun. The reactions are delightful, and the comedy makes me truly laugh out loud.

        I miss the kind of comedy that is offered in Road to Zanzibar. It’s family, lightweight, pure fun. Much of it is

        improvised, with Hope and Crosby just taking the scenario they are placed in and running with it. I’ve heard that Lamour had difficulties with that early on, until she finally figured out that if she wanted dialogue, she needed to jump in when she felt like it.

        I love the songs in Road to Zanzibar, too. They’re as fun and feel-good as the rest of the movie. It’s another winner.

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