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“Road To Singapore” – Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

 

Ready For Fun, Fight, or a South Seas Romance!!

 

 

"Road To Singapore" (1940) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour (movie poster)

“Road To Singapore” (1940)

“Road to Singapore” is a 1940 Paramount Pictures film starring Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob Hope, and was the first of the seven successful “Road” movies starring the three actors. The movie also stars Judith Garrett, Charles Coburn, Anthony Quinn, and Jerry Colonna. Josh Mallon (Bing Crosby) and Ace Lannigan (Bob Hope) are sailors and best friends who are always together. As their ship returns to the U.S. they see all the trouble their fellow sailors have with their wives and girlfriends and the two friends make a pact to never get involved with women again. That pact is soon put to the test after they return home when Josh’s father, a very rich shipping magnate, tires of Josh’s ways and commits Josh to an office job and a marriage to socialite Gloria Wycott (Judith Garrett). On the night before the wedding Josh and Ace get in a brawl with Josh’s future brother-in-law which causes a scandal, so Josh and Ace decide to skip town. The two buddies head to Singapore, but wind up in Kaigoon, poor yet happy, and resolve to remain bachelors forever. Their resolution is short-lived when they meet Mima (Dorothy Lamour), a dancer in a local bar. Of course the meeting ends in a fight with Mima’s jealous dancing partner, Caesar (Anthony Quinn). That night, Mima leaves Caeser to move in with Josh and Ace, and promptly begins to domesticate the boys, who both fall in love with her, although neither will admit it.

Judith Barrett, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope in  "Road to Singapore" (1940)

Judith Barrett, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope in “Road to Singapore” (1940)

Then Josh’s father and Gloria show up, Ceasar causes all the trouble he can, Mima has to decide between the two friends, the local law gets involved, and Josh and Ace are caught up in the middle of everything. Which leads to a funny, song filled, fist fighting adventure for all. Songs include: ‘Captain Custard’ sung by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, ‘The Moon And The Willow Tree’ sung by Dorothy Lamour, ‘Sweet Potato Piper’ sung by Hope, Lamour, and Crosby, ‘Too Romantic’ sung by Crosby and Lamour, and ‘Kaigoon’ sung by chorus with the words in Esperanto. The movie was a huge success and Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour went on to make seven of these so called “Road” movies.

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in  "Road To Singapore" (1940)

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in “Road To Singapore” (1940)

Hope, Crosby, and Lamour were always clowning around together. During one lunch break from filming, Bob Hope threw a handful of soap suds (that were being used in a scene from the movie) at Dorothy Lamour and soon Bing Crosby became involved. The fight ended when Lamour cornered Hope and Crosby and threw all she had at them. The director was not very happy with the trio as it would take hours to repair their hair, makeup, and clean their clothing.

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby perform Captain Custard

In the climactic dance number, the natives of Kaigoon sing in Esperanto: “Behold, the new moon shines only love. A woman delights a man according to nature. So choose someone now and dance with him. A true heart beats indeed in each of us, ready and able and willing for you. Don’t just stand there, come here.”

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“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” – Cary Grant and Myrna Loy

 

Jim Blandings (Cary Grant):  “It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. The minute you start they put you on the all-American sucker list. You start out to build a home and wind up in the poorhouse. And if it can happen to me, what about the guys who aren’t making $15,000 a year? The ones who want a home of their own. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you, against every boy and girl who were ever in love.”

 

Theatrical Poster

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948 RKO Pictures) is a comedy starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Grant and Loy play Jim and Muriel Blandings, a married couple with two daughters, who all live in a cramped New York City apartment. Muriel wants to remodel the apartment but Jim rejects the idea. After coming across an ad in the newspaper for new homes in Connecticut, the couple decides to buy and fix up an old home. Jim decides to buy an old farmhouse as a fixer up and gets bilked into purchasing “The Old Hackett Place” which is a dilapidated 200 year old farm house. The old house is declared to be structurally unsound by an engineer. Unlivable and unfixable, “The Old Hackett” place has to be torn down. The Blandings then hire an architect to design and build a new house on the site within a certain budget. Of course, this being a comedy, all kinds of problems arise with the building of a new house out in the country while working in the city. On top of that, Jim is handed the account for “Wham! Ham” at the advertising company where he works. He has to come up with a new slogan for selling “Wham! Ham!” very quickly or possibly lose his job. Also adding to the mix is Jim’s long suffering lawyer Bill Cole (played by Melvyn Douglass), who also happens to be Muriel’s high school sweetheart, with whom Muriel is still very close to. The movie also stars Reginald Denny as Mr. Simms, the architect hired to design and build the Blandings new house.

 

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy — Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)


 

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a great little comedy. Relaxing, easy to watch, with laughs from start to finish. Cary Grant is great as the bewildered and clueless husband-advertising executive caught up in a situation that is over his head. Myrna Loy as his loving and understanding wife is also very good. The chemistry between Grant and Loy is unmistakable and their comedic timing is delivered as only these two great stars can. Melvyn Douglas narrates the story from time to time and is very funny in his role as lawyer, friend, advisor, and ex college sweetheart. The rest of the supporting cast also adds to the comedy, as anything that can go wrong does.

 

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