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Actors: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour

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George Cochran (Bing Crosby) and Harold Gridley (Bob Hope) are a pair of vagabond performers who happily roam the countryside breaking hearts. Their friendly competition for the same ladies often gets them into more trouble than they can handle.
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Such is the case during their most recent performance in Melbourne. As the dancing duo kick up their heels, a shotgun wielding father makes his way to backstage and less than politely requests that one of the entertainers marry his daughter. George and Harry now vie for the quickest exit instead of the prettiest maiden. They make haste hopping the first train out of town. As usual, they are short of cash so Harold rides under the train while George passes him food from the dining car. They finally decide that the coast is clear and take leave of their getaway vehicle. This lands them in the field of a shepherd and they take up a position on the farm to build funds.

When the smell of the sheep get old they head to town in search of more gainful employment. Doesn't look like many folks are hiring and the only job left is a scuba diving job in the South Seas. Eager for a change of scenery, they accept without realizing the consequences. They have just accepted a job from Ken Arok (Murvyn Vye), a shady sort of fellow who has little regard for his workers.

They take a nice boat ride and arrive in tropical paradise. This is where they meet their next competitive conquest, Princess Lala (Dorothy Lamour). She is the ruler of the island but happens to be under the thumb of her nasty cousin who is none other than Ken Arok. The men are wined and dined with a fantastic display of Balinese style dancing. Dorothy has a hard time choosing which guy but eventually picks George for the evening. She tries to warn him of the dangers the scuba diver entertainers will face if they go through with the next day's dive. It seems that good old Ken left out the fact that the treasure is guarded by a giant man eating squid. George tricks Harold into making the dive himself and blows off the squid tale as native superstition.

Harold does make the dive and finds out about the squid for himself. He escapes the grasp of the sea monster while grasping the treasure only to find Ken waiting with a knife. Ken's threats do not last long as the big squid becomes very annoyed with the whole situation. He is catapulted into the water where the amorous squid arms await. The princess and her entertaining friends take off in the boat and head for the safe haven of Bali.

They arrive on what appears to be a deserted island and shack up in a little beach shack. All goes well until they meet a tiger, a gorilla and some unfriendly natives. At least they are unfriendly until their leader realizes that their captor is Princess Lala. Everything is going great until that greedy Ken shows up in the picture again. The dancing duo are tricked into thinking that they each will marry the princess. Wedding plans are in the air but not quite as planned. Ken is trying to force the princess to marry the king of the island. A nasty little fat man with a major attitude and several more wives. She is carted off to a holding cell while the unsuspecting grooms prepare. Will they discover the truth before it's too late?
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Script Analysis of Road To Bali

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Wandering in wilderness    -   Yes wilderness plot    -   stranded on island

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   scuba under Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Islands

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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