Road to Singapore

Synopsis: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.
Director(s): Victor Schertzinger
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Hi, Babe. Hello, Bill. Come on down.

Hurry up. Give me my money.

I've got a wife waiting'.


Hello, Bill.

Hi, Babe.

How you been? You look

pretty and smell pretty too.

Wait a minute.

You sure got that quick enough.

There you are, Josh.

That's married life for you.

Yeah, isn't

that beautiful?

If the world was run right,

only women would marry.


Hey, could they

do that?

Get a load of that!

You break your arm? I haven't

heard from you in 3 months!

I've been very busy. You've

been busy. I can imagine.


He got bigger.

What did you think

he'd get? Littler?

Mom, look. Here's Pop

squeezing a hula dancer.

Give me that.

You were busy, huh?

Wait till I get you home.

Come on, push Dewey.


Well, Mr. Ace Lannigan,

let that be a lesson to you.

A lesson to me?


If they lined up all

those movie queens...

and let them wave those long

eyelashes at me, know what I'd do? Huh?

I'd throw rocks at them. Yes.

Toss them right

at them. Oh-ho-ho.

I can brush them off like flies. Oh, yes.

Which of you is Ace Lannigan? That's me.

- Know a gal named Cherry?

- Cherry?

No. Sure you do. That's

the little blonde...


I know Cherry.



How's she doing'?

She's getting' married.

Well, what do you know.

Great kid... Cherry.

So little Cherry's

getting' married!

Yeah, she wants you

to come to the wedding'.

If I'm around.

Who's she marrying?

- You!

- She couldn't have picked a...


Can I be an usher?

There must be some mistake. All

I did was take her to a movie.

Yeah, and kept her out

half the night!

Can I help it if there's

double features? Can he help...

Come on. You're going' with us. All right.

I'm going' with them. Oh,

you're going' with them.

I'm going' with them.


Patty-cake, patty-cake,

baker's man.

Bake a cake

as fast as you can.

This sort of thing

has got to stop...

Spreading the Mallon name

all over the newspapers!

Getting yourself mixed up

in a waterfront brawl!

I've never heard of anything

more disgraceful in my life!

It's not as bad as that.

Take it easy, Skipper.

All right, O'Keefe.

Yes, sir.

You seem to think the world

is a three-ring circus...

and all you've got to do

is run around and have fun.

What's wrong with that? The world

won't let you, that's what's wrong.

You mean the Mallons won't

let me. Won't let you what?

What are we

keeping you from doing?

Skipper, you've been singing'

this song at me for years.

Eventually you're

going to trap me.

But you can't blame me for

holding out as long as I can.

Look here, Josh, I'd like

to sit on a coral reef...

and play a ukulele,

but we're Mallons.

It's taken nearly 200 years

to build up this business...

and it's my duty and yours

to carry on.

We've got stockholders, customers,

ships all over the world.

What's wrong with one of

the Mallons sailing on them?

You've dodged your

responsibilities long enough.

You're taking over the maintenance

department, office hours nine to five.

Oh, no. I'm not going to wind up

back of that desk like you,

pushing buttons, growling

and barking at everybody.

That's not for me, Dad.

I want to be one of the boys.

I want to be a regular guy. A regular guy?

The poor house is

full of regular guys!

You're going to accept

your responsibility...

just like I did

from my father,

and just like he did

from his father.

The old captain... the fellow

that started the whole thing.

He was a man! Only had one

ship too! And we've got 80.

Let's sell 79, take the other,

sail around, have some laughs.

Don't be ridiculous.

What about Gloria?

When I was your age,

I was married and had you.

Suppose I'd gone vagabonding

around the world?

Where would you

be now?

You got me there,


Mr. Mallon,

Miss Gloria Wycott.

I told you

it would be all right.

Josh, darling!

Hello. How are you? You look

wonderful... brown as a coconut!

I saw the headlines,

"Waterfront Brawl," and I said...

"Josh is back. "

Couple of guys...

I suppose you businessmen have

settled everything? No, we...

What's he going to be? A vice president? Who?

Don't make him a vice president.

Make him work. We hadn't progressed...

I've found the sweetest apartment

on a hill overlooking the sea.

Who for?

Look, I...

For us. You can watch

the ships come and go.

I think I'll run along.

Where we going', Dad?

I leave him

to you, Gloria.

Come on, Josh. Sit in that chair. Where?

Right there. I want to see

how you look in it. What for?

You look wonderful there. Yeah?

That's where you belong.

I don't feel so cozy.

Skipper looks all right

back here, but...

What's this? Sketches for our

apartment. I did them myself.

What's that?

Living room.

Living room!

Very gay... fuchsia and blue. Blue and who?

Fuchsia and blue.


And look. That's the dining

room. The dining room!

Look at the table.

When it's open it'll seat 40.

40 what? 40 people, silly!

I'll have to get on a scooter

to pass you the salt!

Oh, Josh, you're mad.

Look, that's your room.

Looks like

a drive-in.

What's that big affair

in the middle?

That's the bed. The bed.

Can you get 40 in there?

Oh, Josh. I like those shelves, though.

I can put my

ship models on them.

Oh, darling.

No, not there.

I got a clipper

in a bottle that...

Oh, honey, no. They're

not smart anymore. Oh.

I thought something

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Don Hartman

Samuel Donald Hartman (18 November 1900, New York - 23 March 1958, Palm Springs, California) was an American screenwriter and director. He and Stephen Morehouse Avery were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story for The Gay Deception (1935). more…

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