Road to Morocco1942
Stars: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 83 minutes
Road to Morocco, number three in the series of breezy comedies teaming Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, may be the funniest of the bunch. Bing and Bob find themselves Morocco-bound ("like Webster's dictionary"), caught in an elaborately faked-up world of harems, palm trees, and other Arabian Nights bric-a-brac. Naturally, Dorothy Lamour is also there, as she was the customary target of male rivalry in the Road scenarios. There is something so loose and ingratiating about the patter between Hope and Crosby that it doesn't ultimately matter if half the jokes don't land; these guys had their own comfortable rhythm, fueled by cheerful one-upmanship. Their sense of spontaneity broke the fourth wall between movie and audience in a way only the Marx Brothers had really accomplished before, and audiences--feeling in on the joke--ate it up. Songs (including "Moonlight Becomes You"), topical references, and ancient vaudeville routines fill out the program. --Robert Horton
Aunt Lucy. I can see her now, lying on her dying bed, looking at you with those big, trusting eyes. 'Before I go, Jeff, promise me one thing,' she said. 'Promise me you'll always be a friend to little Orville,' she said. 'No matter what happens, you'll never leave the little jerk,' she said. 'Promise me, Jeff, promise me,' she said.
Yeah, then she up and died before I had the chance to say no.
A fine thing. First you sell me for two hundred bucks. Then I'm gonna marry the Princess, then you cut in on me. Then we're carried off by a desert sheik. Now, we're gonna have out heads chopped off.
I know all that.
Yeah, but the people who came in the middle of the picture don't.
You mean they missed my song?
I can't go on! No food, no water. It's all my fault. We're done for! It's got me. I can't stand it! No food, nothing! No food, no water! No food!
What's the matter with you, anyway? There's New York. We'll be picked up in a few minutes.
You had to open your big mouth and ruin the only good scene I got in the picture. I might have won the Academy Award!