Anything ‘cultural’ on the interweb connected to Indonesia catches my eye, especially if it is at odds with reality. The 1969 film Krakatoa, East of Java is one such example. And so is Road To Bali (1952).
Road to … refers to a series of seven comedy films starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. The movies were a combination of adventure, comedy, romance, and music. The minimal plot often took a back seat to gags, many of them supposedly ad-libbed by Crosby and Hope during filming.
Each film is not simply a comedic film, but a satire of some of the popular film genres of the day, including jungle, Arabian nights, Alaskan adventure, and high seas. The final film not only comes much later, but involves a newer genre; Hong Kong (1962) spoofs the spy films of the sixties.
In 1977, an eighth Road to… movie was planned, titled Road to the Fountain of Youth; however, Crosby died that year of a heart attack.
Road To Bali (1952) was the only such movie filmed in Technicolor and was the first to feature surprise cameo appearances from other well-known stars of the day (eg. Humphrey Bogart, Jane Russell).
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