Road to Singapore (1940)

84-85 mins | Comedy | 22 March 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Follow the Sun. It was the first in the "Road to" films produced by Paramount starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Bing Crosby. The series was very successful at the box office and was characterized by a tongue-in-cheek, self-parodying style. All seven films in the series featured Hope, Crosby and Lamour, but Lamour was relegated to a minor role and Joan Collins took over the female lead in the last film, The Road to Hong Kong, which was produced in 1962 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4134). According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA files at the AMPAS Library, Columbia protested that the title of this film was too similiar to their film Singapore, and a controversy erupted over the Ohio Censorship Board's demand that the studio make extensive cuts in the native dancing girl sequence. ...

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The working title of this film was Follow the Sun. It was the first in the "Road to" films produced by Paramount starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Bing Crosby. The series was very successful at the box office and was characterized by a tongue-in-cheek, self-parodying style. All seven films in the series featured Hope, Crosby and Lamour, but Lamour was relegated to a minor role and Joan Collins took over the female lead in the last film, The Road to Hong Kong, which was produced in 1962 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4134). According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA files at the AMPAS Library, Columbia protested that the title of this film was too similiar to their film Singapore, and a controversy erupted over the Ohio Censorship Board's demand that the studio make extensive cuts in the native dancing girl sequence.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
26 Feb 1940
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 1939
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1939
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
27 Feb 1940
p. 12
Motion Picture Herald
9 Dec 1939
p. 80
Motion Picture Herald
24 Feb 1940
p. 36
New York Times
14 Mar 1940
p. 29
Variety
28 Feb 1940
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
George Templeton
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Contr writer to special sequences
Contr writer to special sequences
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Process photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Too Romantic," "Sweet Potato Piper" and "Kaigoon," music by James V. Monaco, lyrics by Johnny Burke; "The Moon and the Willow Tree" and "Captain Custard," music and lyrics by Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Burke.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Follow the Sun
Release Date:
22 March 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 14 Mar 1940
Production Date:
began 25 Sep 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
22 March 1940
LP9497
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84-85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5839
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Josh Mallon, the scion of a straightlaced shipping magnate, and his free-spirited pal, Ace Lannigan, ridicule the institution of marriage. Josh's wishes are overruled, however, when his father, disgusted with his son's irresponsible antics, commits Josh to an office job and a marriage to socialite Gloria Wycott. The wedding is postponed, though when, on the eve of Josh and Gloria's engagement gala, Ace and Josh skip town after a brawl with Josh's future brother-in-law, Gordon. Although bound for Singapore, the pair land in Kaigoon, poor yet happy, and resolve to remain bachelors forever. Their resolution is short lived when they meet Mima, a dancer in a local dive, a meeting which ends in a fight with Mima's jealous dancing partner, Caesar. That night, Mima leaves Caeser to move in with Josh and Ace, and promptly begins to domesticate the boys, who both fall in love with her, although neither will admit it. Meanwhile, Timothy Willow, the Mallon representative in Kaigoon, wires Mr. Mallon that his missing son is in town, and while Mima falls in love with Josh, his father and fiancé fly down to Kaigoon to retrieve him. Josh resists Gloria's pleas to return until Mima, in an act of self sacrifice, sends him home by accepting Ace's marriage proposal. After Josh departs, Ace and Mima are forced to flee the authorities, and Ace realizes that Mima loves Josh. The lovers are reunited when Josh's ship docks on the way home and, recognizing from a distance one of Ace's get rich schemes, he knows that Mima must be there, too and rushes ashore to be with ...

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Josh Mallon, the scion of a straightlaced shipping magnate, and his free-spirited pal, Ace Lannigan, ridicule the institution of marriage. Josh's wishes are overruled, however, when his father, disgusted with his son's irresponsible antics, commits Josh to an office job and a marriage to socialite Gloria Wycott. The wedding is postponed, though when, on the eve of Josh and Gloria's engagement gala, Ace and Josh skip town after a brawl with Josh's future brother-in-law, Gordon. Although bound for Singapore, the pair land in Kaigoon, poor yet happy, and resolve to remain bachelors forever. Their resolution is short lived when they meet Mima, a dancer in a local dive, a meeting which ends in a fight with Mima's jealous dancing partner, Caesar. That night, Mima leaves Caeser to move in with Josh and Ace, and promptly begins to domesticate the boys, who both fall in love with her, although neither will admit it. Meanwhile, Timothy Willow, the Mallon representative in Kaigoon, wires Mr. Mallon that his missing son is in town, and while Mima falls in love with Josh, his father and fiancé fly down to Kaigoon to retrieve him. Josh resists Gloria's pleas to return until Mima, in an act of self sacrifice, sends him home by accepting Ace's marriage proposal. After Josh departs, Ace and Mima are forced to flee the authorities, and Ace realizes that Mima loves Josh. The lovers are reunited when Josh's ship docks on the way home and, recognizing from a distance one of Ace's get rich schemes, he knows that Mima must be there, too and rushes ashore to be with her.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Road, with songs


Subject

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

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