Between them, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope dominated tv, records, radio and the driving range.  But their film careers were made during the “Road” features. The 7 total films were released between 1940 and 1962, and also starred Dorothy Lamour. They were, more than anything else, conduits for ad-libbed lines and playful barbs Bing and Bob would sling at one another. Here they are with “Put It There, Pal” from “Road To Utopia” in 1946.

The films have drawn homage from musical group “They Might Be Giants”, TV show Family Guy,and, of course, the 80’s comedy classic “Spies Like Us”. What was so special about that connection? It’s all summed up right here: