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Road to Utopia

Road to Utopia(1946)

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This film is introduced by humorist Robert Benchley, who died in 1945 before it was released. Benchley states that the film was made "to demonstrate how not to make a motion picture and at the same time win an Academy Award." Benchley warns the audience that he will be speaking periodically throughout the picture to clarify points; he appears at various instances in an upper corner of the screen and comments on the action. Hollywood Reporter news items report the following information about the production: Sidney Lanfield was initially going to direct the film, but cast members reportedly requested that Hal Walker be appointed. Although production began in 1943, marking Walker's first solo directorial assignment, the film was not released until two years later. Some scenes were shot on location at June Lake, CA. This was the fourth film in the "Road to..." series starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. The film includes a shot of a snowcapped mountain encircled by stars, which is the Paramount Pictures trademark. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Road to Singapore in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3789.