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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Road To Rio (1947)

Two out of work musicians (Bing Crosby, Bob Hope) stowaway on a cruise liner going to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. On board, they meet a young woman (Dorothy Lamour) who is being forced to marry the brother (George Meeker) of her guardian (Gale Sondergaard). Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, this was the last Crosby/Hope/Lamour Road picture of the 1940s and there would be only two more (in 1952 and 1962). This is one of the best ones with some of Crosby and Hope's best gags and routines. If you're a fan of the series, you've probably already seen it and if you're not, if given half a chance you're likely to fall under its featherbrained spell. The supporting cast is good notably Gale Sondergaard at her villainess best and there's a trio of goofballs by name of the Wiere Brothers. There also several musical numbers which are painless including a duet between Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. With Frank Faylen, Joseph Vitale and Jerry Colonna.  

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