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Thursday, June 15, 2006 |
( 6/15/2006 06:52:00 AM ) Bill S.
CAPTAIN CUSTARD – Turner Classic Movies, as part of its month tribute to Anthony Quinn, aired two Hope & Crosby Road pictures that featured Quinn as the swarthy heavy last night. Watched the first in the series, Road to Singapore, since it occurred to me that it'd been so long since I'd watched it that I couldn't remember a damn thing about the movie. (Road to Morocco, the later Hope & Crosby movie aired, is a much more memorable outing.) Compared to what later came, Singapore can't help looking more than a little tentative: the plot and jokes aren't as outlandish as they'd later get (no talking camels, f'rinstance), while our brawling heroes aren't as comically ruthless with each other as they'd ultimately become. Still, you can see the twosome play off of each other with companionable ease, even if gorgeous third wheel Dorothy Lamour isn't given the opportunity to showcase the conniving survival skills that her character would display in subsequent outings. A pleasant little forties comedy (and Hope even gets off a Roosevelt Era Republican joke), but for greatness, take the Roads to Morocco, Rio or Utopia.