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Captured by Cannibals: In Road to Zanzibar, with the cannibals thinking Hope and Crosby are white gods... until, that is, the cannibals decide to test their divinity by having Hope get into a sidesplittingly hilarious wrestling match with a Killer Gorilla.
Demoted to Extra: Dorothy Lamour, in The Road to Hong Kong. She actually wasn't going to appear in it at all after Crosby insisted on (and got) a younger female lead in Joan Collins, but Hope intervened to at least get her a cameo appearance.
Drink Order: In Road to Utopia, Hope's character tries to fit in at tough-guy frontier bar, but then orders a lemonade. Realizing his mistake, he quickly turns to the bartender and growls, "...in a dirty glass!"
"What killed me is that from nowhere, an orchestra started. You know, violins and everything, right in the minute of a jungle. Isn't that silly?"
Large Ham / Ham-to-Ham Combat: Dorothy Lamour on making the pictures: "I felt like a wonderful sandwich, a slice of white bread between two slices of ham."
Literal Genie: In Road to Morocco, an imprisoned Jeff and Orville are given a ring which grants wishes, but are told it doesn't work for everyone. They're also given two poison tablets to use in case the ring doesn't work for either of them. When the ring doesn't work for Jeff, Orville begins to swallow a tablet, and then...
Orville:(to the sky) Set the table, Aunt Lucy, there'll be two more for dinner... Boy, I sure wish I had a drink. (a drink appears in Orville's hand) Jeff: Junior! Junior, It worked! How about that, the magic ring, it worked on you! Orville: Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! (Orville turns into a monkey)
Logo Joke: In Road to Utopia, Hope and Crosby are sledding through the Klondike countryside and enjoying the scenery, when something catches Hope's eye:
Hope: Hey, get a load of that bread and butter! (Cut to a shot of a snow-covered mountain) Crosby: Bread and butter? That's a mountain! (The "Paramount Pictures" logo suddenly appears in front of said mountain) Hope: Maybe a mountain to you, but it's bread and butter to me!
MacGuffin: In Road to Rio, there are the mysterious Papers that have no bearing on the plot besides having an interesting safe-cracking scene. Lampshaded when Hope and Crosby say that "the world must never know" their contents. At the end, when the papers have been recovered and they're about to be read, they get torn up instead, since they've served their dramatic purpose.
Medicine Show: Road to Singapore has Hope, Crosby and Lamour playing ocarinas and selling bottled soap as a miracle stain remover.
No Party Like a Donner Party: Done for laughs at the beginning of Road to Morocco, where Geoffrey (Crosby) and Oliver (Hope) are stranded at sea.
Oscar Bait: Lampshaded and spoofed in many of the movies, notably in Road to Morocco, which ends with Hope and Crosby stranded on a raft after Hope accidentally blows up the ship:
Hope: I can't go on! No food, no water! It's all my fault. We're done for! It's got me. I can't stand it! No food, nothing! No food, no water! No food! HAHAHAHAHA!! Crosby: What's the matter with you, anyway? There's New York. We'll be picked up in a few minutes. Hope: (snaps out of it) You had to open your big mouth and ruin the only good scene I got in the picture. I might've won the Academy Award!
Shout-Out: Crosby's tribal garb in Zanzibar includes a headpiece which looks a whole lot like Mickey Mouse ears. In the same scene, his line about being "off to see the wizard" is a quote from The Wizard of Oz.
Sneeze of Doom: Done with a fly landing on Hope's face in Road to Morocco.
Thematic Series: Despite sharing the same actors and style of humor (to say nothing of being in the same series), the movies are technically not part of the same narrative with the actors playing different, yet similar characters in each.
We Need a Distraction: The "patty-cake" routine: When faced with a foe, Hope and Crosby start playing patty-cake, and while the bad guy watches in bemusement, they each punch him out simultaneously. Occasionally, the villain is onto them and hits them first, causing Hope to point out that "he must have seen the picture."