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Road To Rio (1947)
Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Frank Faylen, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Vitale
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Category: Comedy, Classic
Studio: Brentwood
100 mins



To avoid being charged with arson after burning down a circus, Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope) and Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby) stow away on an ocean bound ship.Aboard the vessel, the duo fall for Lucia Maria de Andrade (Dorothy Lamour), who is under the spell of her evil aunt (Gale Sondergaard), who has arranged a marriage for the young beauty.This film was in good hands since many of Hope's best collaborators worked on the picture.Director Norman Z. McLeod went on to direct Hope in four more features -- Alias Jesse James, Casanova's Big Night, My Favorite Spy and The Paleface.McLeod had a remarkable career behind the cameras, working with such Hollywood greats as Danny Kaye (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty), W.C. Fields (It's A Gift) and Cary Grant (Topper).Writer Edmund Beloin supplied the stories for both My Favorite Spy and The Lemon Drop Kid.His collaborator, Jack Rose, penned My Favorite Brunette, The Great Lover, Sorrowful Jones and The Seven Little Foys.This film also features musical guests, The Wiere Brothers and The Andrew Sisters.