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Road to Utopia (1945)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 22 March 1946 (USA)
At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

Norman Panama (original screenplay), Melvin Frank (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Duke Johnson / Junior Hooton
Bob Hope ... Chester Hooton
Dorothy Lamour ... Sal Van Hoyden
Hillary Brooke ... Kate
Douglass Dumbrille ... Ace Larson
Jack La Rue ... LeBec (as Jack LaRue)
Robert Barrat ... Sperry
Nestor Paiva ... McGurk
Robert Benchley ... Narrator
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen by McGurk and Sperry, a couple of thugs. They disguise themselves as McGurk and Sperry to get off the ship. Meanwhile, Sal Van Hoyden is in Alaska to try and recover the map; it had been her father's. She falls in with Ace Larson, who wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke and Chester, McGurk and Sperry, Ace and his henchmen, and Sal, chase each other all over the countryside, trying to get the map. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg nach Utopia See more »

Filming Locations:

June Lake, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Hope recalled that during the scene where he and Bing Crosby were bedding down beside their cabin in the Klondike, they were to be joined by a bear. They were told that the bear was tame and its trainer would always be nearby. Against their better judgment they went along with it. However, when the cameras started filming, the bear ambled over to Hope and, instead of lying down next to him like it was supposed to, the animal sniffed him and started growling. Hope and Crosby immediately stopped the scene and refused to work with the bear any longer, despite the trainer's protestations that it was tame and harmless. The next day the bear attacked its trainer and tore his arm off. See more »

Quotes

Sal Van Hoyden: Don't be facetious!
Chester Hooton: [confused] Oh, keep politics out of this!
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Crazy Credits

Narrator Robert Benchley credits himself orally in a precredit sequence. See more »

Connections

Followed by Road to Rio (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Put It There, Pal
(1946)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played during the opening credits and also as background music
Performed later by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
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Good show
17 April 2000 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

Oh this one is funny...haven't seen it since High school, years and years ago, but I remember it well...the seen where an aged couple-including Hope, talk about their son-and then in comes Bing Crosby(!!)-where Hope sez to the camera-'We adopted him!'...oh what a riot. And then there is the great scene where they are sledding, and the Paramount stars pop up over a mtn in the background...the constant lines about how, even when they're in trouble, 'Paramount won't let anything happen to us because we're under contract for another 4 pictures' or words to that effect...very funny stuff, Benchley's narration a hoot too.

***, this one is funny and to my thinking the best of the lot.


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