Road to Morocco (1942)

83 mins | Comedy | 1942

Director:

David Butler

Cinematographer:

William C. Mellor

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Usher

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Victor Schertzinger was originally slated to direct this film until his sudden death in Oct 1941. Various news items reveal that prior to the start of production on this film, Paramount had been planning a "Road to Moscow" film for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, the future of which was dependent on the events of the war in Russia; however, the screenplay was never developed. Correspondence in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the original story was written by Eddie Davis and E. A. Ellington, but Paramount retained so little of their story that they were not credited onscreen. According to HR news items, Paramount bought comedy routines originally written by Ralph Spence for his story "From Rags to Rhythm" for use in this film.
       According to a column in NYT , Paramount shot two endings for the film. The unused ending had the main characters enlisting in the Marines and closed with the line, "See you on the road to Tokyo." The song "Aladdin's Daughter," by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, was originally slated to be included in the film. Pre-release cast lists included Abner Biberman and Harry Woods; and a HR news item noted that the male quartet The Dancing Debonairs were signed for the film. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Desert exteriors were filmed on location in Yuma, AZ. In his autobiography, Bob Hope notes that western film star Ken Maynard led the stunt riders in the chase through the Casbah scene. Road to Morocco was nominated for Academy Awards in the following categories: Best Writing ... More Less

Victor Schertzinger was originally slated to direct this film until his sudden death in Oct 1941. Various news items reveal that prior to the start of production on this film, Paramount had been planning a "Road to Moscow" film for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, the future of which was dependent on the events of the war in Russia; however, the screenplay was never developed. Correspondence in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the original story was written by Eddie Davis and E. A. Ellington, but Paramount retained so little of their story that they were not credited onscreen. According to HR news items, Paramount bought comedy routines originally written by Ralph Spence for his story "From Rags to Rhythm" for use in this film.
       According to a column in NYT , Paramount shot two endings for the film. The unused ending had the main characters enlisting in the Marines and closed with the line, "See you on the road to Tokyo." The song "Aladdin's Daughter," by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, was originally slated to be included in the film. Pre-release cast lists included Abner Biberman and Harry Woods; and a HR news item noted that the male quartet The Dancing Debonairs were signed for the film. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Desert exteriors were filmed on location in Yuma, AZ. In his autobiography, Bob Hope notes that western film star Ken Maynard led the stunt riders in the chase through the Casbah scene. Road to Morocco was nominated for Academy Awards in the following categories: Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Frank Butler and Don Hartman; and Best Sound Recording, Loren Ryder. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reprised their roles in a 5 Apr 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring Ginny Simms. For additional information on the Road to...series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for The Road to Singapore in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3789. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Oct 1942.
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Daily Variety
2 Oct 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Oct 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 42
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
11 Oct 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Oct 42
p. 933.
New York Times
24 May 1942.
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New York Times
12 Nov 42
p. 30.
Variety
7 Oct 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr to trt
Contr to dial
Contr to dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Road to Morocco," "Moonlight Becomes You," "Constantly" and "Ain't Got a Dime to My Name," music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke.
DETAILS
Series:
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 10 November 1942
Production Date:
25 February--23 April 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 October 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11703
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,304
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8255
SYNOPSIS

When two stowaways, Jeff Peters and Orville "Turkey" Jackson, accidentally cause a freighter to explode off the coast of North Africa, they float to shore on a makeshift raft, encounter a camel, and ride it across the desert to Morocco. Once there, they spend their time trying to get food without money until Jeff sells Orville into slavery for two hundred drachmas. Orville is carried away by his Arabian owner, and Jeff is unable to locate him. When someone directs Jeff to the palace at the end of a street, a note from Orville floats down from the wall, advising him that he is being tortured and that Jeff should give up the search and flee the city for his own safety. Jeff instead climbs the palace wall and finds his friend dressed like a prince and being "tortured" by the caresses of the Princess Shalmar. Orville is deliriously happy that Shalmar has chosen to marry him and resents Jeff's intrusion, but Shalmar immediately falls in love with Jeff and invites him to stay for the wedding. Unknown to both men, Shalmar has decided to marry Orville, rather than Mullay Kasim, her real fiancé, because her prophet has determined that her first husband will die violently within the first week of marriage. Orville backs out of the marriage when he learns the truth from a harem girl who is in love with him, and when the prophet later reveals that his forecast was erroneous because of some insects in his telescope, Shalmar then chooses to marry Jeff. Jeff, Orville, Shalmar and the harem girl try to flee the city, but an angry Kasim ... +


When two stowaways, Jeff Peters and Orville "Turkey" Jackson, accidentally cause a freighter to explode off the coast of North Africa, they float to shore on a makeshift raft, encounter a camel, and ride it across the desert to Morocco. Once there, they spend their time trying to get food without money until Jeff sells Orville into slavery for two hundred drachmas. Orville is carried away by his Arabian owner, and Jeff is unable to locate him. When someone directs Jeff to the palace at the end of a street, a note from Orville floats down from the wall, advising him that he is being tortured and that Jeff should give up the search and flee the city for his own safety. Jeff instead climbs the palace wall and finds his friend dressed like a prince and being "tortured" by the caresses of the Princess Shalmar. Orville is deliriously happy that Shalmar has chosen to marry him and resents Jeff's intrusion, but Shalmar immediately falls in love with Jeff and invites him to stay for the wedding. Unknown to both men, Shalmar has decided to marry Orville, rather than Mullay Kasim, her real fiancé, because her prophet has determined that her first husband will die violently within the first week of marriage. Orville backs out of the marriage when he learns the truth from a harem girl who is in love with him, and when the prophet later reveals that his forecast was erroneous because of some insects in his telescope, Shalmar then chooses to marry Jeff. Jeff, Orville, Shalmar and the harem girl try to flee the city, but an angry Kasim kidnaps them. After leaving the men for dead in the desert, Kasim takes the women to his encampment. Jeff and Orville wander through the desert and see mirages of a drive-in hamburger stand and an alluring singing image of Shalmar until they stumble on an oasis near Kasim's camp. They are captured and imprisoned by Kasim, who refrains from killing them only because it is his wedding night. Jeff and Orville outwit their guards and escape, then wreak havoc on the wedding party by poking holes in the drinking cup of the guest of honor, a former enemy of Kasim, putting gunpowder in the cigarettes, and igniting the guests's clothing. Kasim's angry guest declares war, and a huge brawl erupts in the tent, which Jeff and Orville cause to collapse. Jeff, Orville, Shalmar and the harem girl then escape on horseback, eventually boarding an ocean liner for the United States. When Orville lights a cigarette, he mistakes the "Powder Room" for the bathroom and causes the ship to explode. The two couples raft the rest of the way to New York City. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Road


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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