“This is the screwiest picture I was ever in.”
A pair of castaways (Bob Hope and Bing Crosby) fall in love with an Arabian princess (Dorothy Lamour), whose jealous fiance (Anthony Quinn) is determined to keep her for himself.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Anthony Quinn Films
- Bing Crosby Films
- Bob Hope Films
- Dorothy Lamour Films
- Love Triangle
- Royalty and Nobility
This third entry in the enormously popular Hope/Crosby Road to… series is acknowledged by many as one of the best of the bunch. As in Road to Zanzibar (1941), the storyline in …Morocco is ridiculous beyond belief, and not meant to evoke anything close to reality; instead, viewers should simply relax and enjoy the zany rapport between Hope and Crosby, whose complicated rivalry for beautiful Lamour reaches new heights here, and even includes an additional love interest for Hope (earnest Dona Drake). Interestingly, …Morocco has risen to the top of the series’ rankings over the years, earning a coveted invitation to the National Film Registry in 1996, and appearing on Premiere Magazine’s “50 Greatest Comedies of All Time”. To be honest, however, having recently rewatched the entire series, I find it simply on a par with several of the other Road to… titles, and am not sure it deserves to be particularly called out in this fashion. Nonetheless, it’s certainly a worthy and representative entry, and should probably be seen by all film fanatics simply for its historical notoriety.
Note: Road to Morocco is notable as the first film in the series with an entirely “original” screenplay, not based on another story.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Hope and Crosby’s effectively droll rapport together
- Plenty of fun “meta-cinematic” humor and slyly self-referential jokes
Yes, simply as another representative Road to… flick, acknowledged by many as one of the best. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.
- Historically Relevant
- Representative Film