Review: ‘Road to Utopia’

Bob Benchley is cut into an upper corner of various shots making wisecracks, first being that 'this is how not to make a picture'. Others are in the same groove, while additional off-the-path gags include Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in a kissing scene, topped by Hope's aside to the audience: 'As far as I'm concerned the picture is over right now'. Another is a guy walking across a scene asking Bing Crosby and Hope where Stage 8 is.

Bob Benchley is cut into an upper corner of various shots making wisecracks, first being that ‘this is how not to make a picture’. Others are in the same groove, while additional off-the-path gags include Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in a kissing scene, topped by Hope’s aside to the audience: ‘As far as I’m concerned the picture is over right now’. Another is a guy walking across a scene asking Bing Crosby and Hope where Stage 8 is.

Action is laid in the Klondike of the gold rush days. On their way there, scrubbing decks because they’d lost their money, Crosby and Hope come upon a map leading to a rich gold mine. It had been stolen from Lamour’s father by two of the toughest badmen of Alaska. Lamour goes to the Klondike in search of them.

Technically picture leaves nothing to be desired. Paul Jones, producer, and Hal Walker, who directed, make a fine combination in steering and in the production value provided. Performances by supporting cast are all good.

1946: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay

Road to Utopia

Production

Paramount. Director Hal Walker; Producer Paul Jones; Screenplay Norman Panama, Melvin Frank; Camera Lionel Lindon, Gordon Jennings, Farciot Edouart; Editor Stuart Gilmore; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Bing Crosby Bob Hope Dorothy Lamour Robert Benchley Hillary Brooke Douglass Dumbrille
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