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Road to Morocco(1942)

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Victor Schertzinger was originally slated to direct this film until his sudden death in October 1941. Various news items reveal that prior to the start of production on this film, Paramount had been planning a "Road to Moscow" film for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, the future of which was dependent on the events of the war in Russia; however, the screenplay was never developed. Correspondence in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the original story was written by Eddie Davis and E. A. Ellington, but Paramount retained so little of their story that they were not credited onscreen. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Paramount bought comedy routines originally written by Ralph Spence for his story "From Rags to Rhythm" for use in this film.
       According to a column in New York Times, Paramount shot two endings for the film. The unused ending had the main characters enlisting in the Marines and closed with the line, "See you on the road to Tokyo." The song "Aladdin's Daughter," by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, was originally slated to be included in the film. Pre-release cast lists included Abner Biberman and Harry Woods; and a Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the male quartet The Dancing Debonairs were signed for the film. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Desert exteriors were filmed on location in Yuma, AZ. In his autobiography, Bob Hope notes that western film star Ken Maynard led the stunt riders in the chase through the Casbah scene. Road to Morocco was nominated for Academy Awards in the following categories: Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Frank Butler and Don Hartman; and Best Sound Recording, Loren Ryder. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reprised their roles in a April 5, 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, co-starring Ginny Simms. For additional information on the Road to...series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for The Road to Singapore in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3789.