Road to Singapore (1940)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film, Adventure Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 14, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

The famous "Road" series of pictures got off to a nice start with Road to Singapore, a funny and enjoyable debut, even if it lacks the polish and hilarity of some later entries. Chemistry is absolutely essential in this kind of endeavor, and if Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are not quite the well-oiled machine that they will become later, they're still pretty darn good. The camaraderie between the two feels genuine and completely unforced, and there's a palpable affection that is infectious. Dorothy Lamour, the distaff member of the triumvirate, also fits in with admirable ease; she knows how to play up to and with her male co-stars without letting them get the better of her, not an easy feat under the circumstances. Lamour also sounds quite nice on "The Moon and the Willow Tree," her big solo which is not quite as big as it wants to be. In fact, all of the numbers are a little off; there's nothing really wrong with them, but nothing terribly right either. The screenplay is also a bit shaky; the writers were clearly having a bit more difficulty than the stars in finding their way. This Road may have a few extra bumps along the way, but it's still an engaging little trip.