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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on 'Road to Morocco'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2013 at 10:57AM

Comedy Classics! week begins at Trailers from Hell today with director John Landis introducing 1942's "Road to Morocco," starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
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"Road to Morocco"
"Road to Morocco"

Comedy Classics! week begins at Trailers from Hell today with director John Landis introducing 1942's "Road to Morocco," starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

Third in the series of seven self-aware Hope-Crosby Road comedies, this Ishtar-like entry was one of the most popular. Full of Hollywood in-jokes and asides to the audience (much like Warner Bros cartoons), the Road pictures transcend their dated settings with a modernistic approach that has stood the test of time. Famous for an unplanned blooper where a camel spits in Hope's face. The duo's reactions were so funny that the bit was left in the final cut.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.