The Road to Hong Kong

1962

Norman Panama
Director
MGM
Studio

Crosby and Hope play two small-time scam artists who get tangled up with spies and supervillains in Hong Kong.

Final film in the long running Road series is a sad mess, with feeble jokes and a dated formula that is not helped a half-century on by an appalling level of cultural ignorance that pervades the entire film. Probably the most interesting aspect of the film is the anticipation of so many future spy film tropes, some months before the release of Dr. No. Pretty awful, but still better than Call Me Bwana, another Hope vehicle with ties to James Bond.

Note: Yvonne Shima and Mai Ling are credited as Poon Soon and Ming Toy, but the actresses addressed by these names in the film are not Shima or Ling! It's also apparent that several scenes were trimmed, as a number of actors supposed to be in the film are nowhere to be seen.

-Dave W.



22nd May 1962
Cinema

Not Rated

91 mins
1.66:1



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Bob Hope
Chester Babcock
Bing Crosby
Harry Turner
Joan Collins
Diane
Robert Morley
The Leader
Walter Gotell
Dr. Zorbb
Felix Aylmer
Grand Lama
Alan Gifford
American Official
Michelle Mok
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Katya Douglas
Third Echelon Receptionist
Roger Delgado
Jhinnah
Robert Ayres
American Official
Mai Ling
Ming Toy
(as Mei Ling)
Jacqueline Jones
Blonde at Airport
Yvonne Shima
Poon Soon
Dorothy Lamour
Herself
Robert Beatty
Narrator
(uncredited)
Robin Hughes
American Official
(uncredited)
Anthony Chinn
Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Peter Sellers
Indian Neurologist
(uncredited)
Bill Nagy
Third Echelon Agent at Airport
(uncredited)
Guy Standeven
Photographer at Airport
(uncredited)
Peter Madden
Lama
(uncredited)
Unknown 16112-01
Monk
Reg Thomason
Monk
(uncredited)
Unknown 16112-03
Monk
Harry Baird
Nubian Guard
(uncredited)
Irvin Allen
Nubian Guard
(uncredited)
Unknown 16112-04
Monk Recalling Odyssey
Unknown 16112-05
Monk Recalling Iliad
Dave's Unknown Male 15
Monk Recalling Shakespeare
David Niven
Monk Recalling Lady Chatterley's Lover
(uncredited)
Tutte Lemkow
Hotel Servant
(uncredited)
John McCarthy
Messenger
(uncredited)
Maurice Bush
Henchman
(uncredited)
Dinny Powell
Henchman
(uncredited)
Nosher Powell
Henchman
(uncredited)
Norman Fisher
Technician
Anthony Bailey
Technician
(uncredited)
April Ashley
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Camilla Brockman
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Edwina Carroll
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Lier Hwang
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Jacqueline Leigh
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Lena Margo
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Sein Short
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Connie Valentine
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Diane C. Valentine
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Sheree Winton
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Zoe Zephyr
Courtesan
(uncredited)
Pat Judge
Passerby
(uncredited)
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Courtesan with Message
Jerry Colonna
Passerby Looking for a Match
(uncredited)
John McCarthy
Henchman
(uncredited)
David Rendall
Henchman
(uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley
Henchman
(uncredited)
Gerry Judge
Henchman
(uncredited)
John Tatum
Henchman
(uncredited)
Roy Patrick
Henchman
(uncredited)
Dave King
Mr. Ahso
(uncredited)
Bob Simmons
Astronaut
(uncredited)
Gerry Crampton
Astronaut
(uncredited)
Fred Haggerty
Technician Fitting Spacesuits
(uncredited)
Jim Brady
American Agent
(uncredited)
Dean Martin
The 'Grape' on Plutomium
(uncredited)
Frank Sinatra
The 'Twig' on Plutomium (uncredited)
Victor Brooks
Leader's Man
(uncredited)
John Dearth
Leader's Man
(uncredited)
Rosendo Fortes
Doorman
(uncredited)
Julian Sherrier
Doctor
(uncredited)
Michael Wynne
Leader's Man
(uncredited)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Cameo Appearance
(scenes deleted)

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