Road to Morocco, The (1942) Directed by David Butler. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn (83 min.)
The Road to Morocco is probably the best movie the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour team ever made. It is about two shipwrecked "gentlemen" who drift to Morocco where beautiful Dorothy Lamour loves Bing Crosby, but the stars say she must marry Bob Hope.
This is my favorite of the Road movies partly because Anthony Quinn is the villain. He is always referred to in his later roles. But, I think he is very good in younger roles, and this is one of his best. There are more funny jokes in it, like at the end Bob Hope is trying to be dramatic and Bing Crosby says, "What are you doing?" and Bob Hope says, "You just ruined my best part in the movie. I might have won an Academy Award!"
The costumes for Dorothy Lamour are wonderful. My favorite has a design of a vine that is on the dress and the turban-like hat. I've always loved chiffon, and there is no limit of it on this gown. In all the Road movies Bing Crosby gets the girl and Bob Hope is left in the dust, and I always feel so sorry for him. But in this one, he gets a girl, too.
Cover of sheet music for "Constantly" by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
There are no really embarrassing moments which I hate and a very famous scene where the guys are in columns along side of other men who are all nodding upand down very slowly to get away from the villian. I like it when the bad guy is outwitted insead of killed. Take my word for it and see it.
Anthony Quinn, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
(Sheet music from moviediva's collection, photo from The Films of the Forties by Tony Thomas (1977)