16 March 2002 | bob the moo
Gentle comedy in the old fashioned style
When the ocean liner carrying Jeff and Orville is sunk, they find themselves washed up and on the way to Morocco. In pay for food Jeff sells Orville to a man only to find that Orville has been sold on to Princess Shalmar and is now to marry her. However the princess is only marrying Orville as her first wed is cursed to die within a week leaving her free to marry Mullay Kassim.
Like an old pair of shoes, the road to movies may not be fantastic but they're comfortable and safe. This is actually one of the better road movies, the plot, though silly, is quite focused and doesn't go off on flights of fancy like some others. The focus of the plot allows a safe environment for Hope and Crosby to do their double act within. The love interest is OK but really it slows the film down a bit.
Crosby is good as ever and gets to do his songs on a regular basis, but really the star is Hope. His Orville is cowardly, treacherous and selfish but he manages to be sympathetic and funny. This is all down to Hope's wit, timing and deliver he is a genuine showman. Stars in the shape of Lamour and Quinn are diverting but this is a Crosby/Hope vehicle all the way.
One of the better Road movies this is funny in an old fashioned way.