The fifth "Road" picture was a more standard comedy than most of the others and paid off at the box office, becoming the top-grossing film of the year. Gone were the talking animals and some of the zany humor of the earlier entries. In their place was a more conventional story, sans
Hollywood in-jokes, in which Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope) and Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby) are musicians who accidentally cause a fire at a carnival. To avoid being arrested for arson, they jump on an ocean liner headed for Rio and stow away. On the ship, they meet Lucia Maria De Andrade (Dorothy
Lamour), who is friendly, then chilly, smiling, then frowning, so that the boys can't fi...