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The Road to Hong Kong (1962)

Bing Crosby , Bob Hope , Norman Panama  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Robert Morley, Walter Gotell
  • Directors: Norman Panama
  • Writers: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Producers: Melvin Frank, William Kirby
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L930
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Road to Hong Kong" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

"The laughs come thick and fast" (Variety) in this seventh hilarious Road movie from Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Cavorting through a series of madcap adventures with Joan Collins, DorothyLamour and Robert Morleyas well as Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and David NivenCrosby and Hope dish out a "fricassee of jokes and gags" (Los Angeles Times) in what may be the wildest entry in their popular film series! Vaudevillians Harry (Crosby) and Chester (Hope) travel to Tibet to search for a drug to restore Chester's memory. Once they find the cure, Chesters memory becomes so good that he accidentally memorizes a secret formula for space navigation. Soon the two meet up with a beautiful spy (Collins) and get slightly sidetracked'to another planet!

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One More Time..... September 2, 2004
Format:DVD
The Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour "Road" pictures were the most successful film series until someone named James Bond came along. The Road To Hong Kong was a belated final entry - a nice idea but one executed on a miserly budget when the stars were somewhat past their peak. The script roughly follows the dependable formula of the earlier films and, while not as funny or as charming as the classic Road To Morocco, still provides a fair amount of amusement. It is certainly not the overcooked turkey that some people claim.

Cheaply filmed in England in black and white on cardboard sets and with special effects of rocket ships that would have made Ed Wood proud, the film relies a lot on the audience's affection for Hope and Crosby. The interplay and patter of their double act, so finely tuned over the years, is still a major attraction. Poor Dorothy Lamour is reduced to a guest star spot while the female lead is given to Joan Collins looking amazingly fresh and extremely sexy. One of the main embarrassments of the film is the love scenes between a visibly aging Crosby and the svelte young Collins. But, apart from that, she works quite well with the old troupers. And Robert Morley has a fun turn as a Dr No-type villain.

For me, though, the real star is Bob Hope in his trademark role as a professional coward with delusions of being a great lover. Whether tossing off a succession of quips or performing slapstick (with the aid of an obvious double) he breathes more life into the film than it possibly deserves. One of Hope's best scenes is with a pre-international stardom Peter Sellers who plays an eccentric Indian doctor. It is both fascinating and funny to witness this encounter between comic geniuses from different generations.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the Road to ... January 20, 2006
Format:DVD
Road to Hong Kong was the last Hope - Crosby Road film. Dorothy Lamour only makes an appearance in this film. Joan Collins is the love interest in the film - a beautiful spy for the top secret spy group The First Echelon.

Harry and Chester are a couple of con artists. When Chester loses his memory in an accident, they are sent to a Tibetan Lamasery. En route Chester is accidentally slipped a rocket fuel formula. While at the Lamasery, they find out about a rare herb that increases memory capacity. The boys know this will make a great mentalist act for vaudeville and still it. They steal a bottle and return home. As a test, Chester memorizes the formula. This sets the remainder of the film. The First Echelon wants their formula and will do anything to get it.

This being the final Road film, lots of guest stars including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, David Niven and an early performance by Peter Sellers.

This is the most polished of the Road films. Written by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, who have collaborated on a number of his films including their Oscar nominated Bob Hope film The Facts of Life and Frank's best solo film, A Touch of Class. Just sit back and enjoy.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! August 10, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I know that many people consider this the worst of the Road movies, but I would consider it my favorite. While dissapointed in not having Dorothy in there more than just a cameo appearance, I think the rest of the movie makes up for it! The banana feeding scene was the best! (Hope and Crosby being tested in place of the monkeys on the spaceship) This movie also had some other good cameo appearances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Road to Hong Kong January 5, 2003
Format:DVD
Definetly not the best of the Road pictures but mildly entertaining and worth having to complete the Road collection.
Both Crosby and Hope are noticably older and really don't have the magic with Joan Collins like they did with Dorothy Lamour and the jokes are trying to be funny instead of just being funny.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware if you have a widescreen TV... November 19, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a fine presentation and packaging of the seventh (and weakest) of the Crosby-Hope "Road" series. True fans will want this for their collection, and I agree that Hong Kong is not as bad as it is often portrayed. In the era of Austin Powers, this film actually picks up some points for kitch; it was arguably the first spoof of the '60s spy thriller.
But there is one very unfortunate flaw in this DVD version. Even though this is the first release of this movie in widescreen, this DVD is not optimized for widescreen televisions. So if you have a wdiescreen TV this movie will appear letterboxed on all four sides, the frame of the picture will not fill out your widescreen from left to right. This is an infuriating lapse on the part of MGM.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars End of the Road April 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the last Road movie made by Hope and Crosby. Both were around 60 and Crosby in particular looks stricken by the sophomoric playacting and the effort of simulating attraction to Joan Collins. Hope tries to jolly him through their scenes together and manages to scare up a laugh or two, especially in the pre-credit sequence. But it's only during Dorothy Lamour's too-brief guest appearance that the old magic returns. At 47, she looks younger than ten years earlier in "Bali," but she was too old for Hope and Crosby -- one of the sadder examples of male movie star vanity and a sour note to end a great series on. If you're smart, you'll get off the Road at "Rio."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some bing Crosby
What can you say, just a great piece of work from start to finish. My wife and I have loved this for a long time. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dirk Diggler
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
The whole series is great, especially the early ones. Makes you want to do a road trip with these funny people.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Karr
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Crosby - can't go wrong
Another enjoyable send up of comedy with a bit of romance thrown in. The road movies were a great idea and Hope and Crosby seemed to work well together, especially when you throw... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob Purple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, the perfect combination for a night of laughter and silliness. Get some popcorn and enjoy!! Highly recommend!!
Published 7 months ago by Janet S. Geeslin
4.0 out of 5 stars Cameos
There are numerous uncredited cameos in this movie. But wasn't that Pat O'Brien in heavy makeup as the Chinese restaurateur near the end of the picture? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joseph T. Mcghee Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Road Pictures
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are great in the Road Flicks. This is a great addition to my collection. Wish there had been more
Published 13 months ago by Walter E Beverly III
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
A classic road movie from Hope and Crosby, it has all the fast patter they are known for and pokes fun at the genre they created with cameos and jokes about the hollywood... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kenneth Petty
1.0 out of 5 stars Road to Hong Kong
I purchased this movie and it came from overseas. It was advertised that this movie is compatible with DVD players. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Don
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny
It was not up to the humor and cleverness of the earlier "road" movies. I was surprised it was filmed in black & white in 1962, not in color.
Published 18 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I am happy with this purchase, as I had seen most of the "Road" pictures during my younger years, but had missed this and one other. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by great granny
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