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Road to Utopia (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 22 March 1946 (USA)
At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

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At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen by McGurk and Sperry, a couple of thugs. They disguise themselves as McGurk and Sperry to get off the ship. Meanwhile, Sal Van Hoyden is in Alaska to try and recover the map; it had been her father's. She falls in with Ace Larson, who wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke and Chester, McGurk and Sperry, Ace and his henchmen, and Sal, chase each other all over the countryside, trying to get the map. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The big hit of the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen score was the comically saucy "Personality." Put over in the film by worldly wise Dorothy Lamour, the tune was transformed by Decca Records into easy jazz, courtesy of Bing Crosby and Eddie Condon's Orchestra featuring the cornet of Wild Bill Davidson. This interpretation showed up on two Decca releases: a 78 which rose to number nine on the "Billboard" singles listing, and as part of the boxed album of selections from the movie. Capitol's waxing by singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers captured first place on the "Billboard" singles chart during the week of March 9, 1946. See more »

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[Duke loses a talent show to a trained monkey]
Chester Hooton: [to Duke] Next time I bring Sinatra.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Bob Hope
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Thanks for the laughs,Bob!

At the turn of the century two vaudeville performers Chester (Bob Hope) and Duke (Bing Crosby) go to Alaska to make their fortune.On the way they run in all kind of weird and funny stuff, like talking animals. Road to Utopia from 1946 is one of the 'Road' films with Hope and Crosby and it's very good.These two worked really good together.Bing Crosby (1903-1977) does a very fine job in the lead.Bob Hope was a very funny man.This great comedian passed away last July of pneumonia.He had turned a hundred years last May.He had a great life and a great career and all the fans of Bob will miss him very much.He was one of the kind. Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996) is brilliant as Sal van Hoyden.This movie is filled with great gags.I recommend it to all comedy lovers out there.


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