The Jungle Princess was a major hit and launched Lamour's career as one of the leading stars of the era, often cast in similar sarong -clad jungle adventure romances, which led to her playing leading lady to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the Road to... musical comedy movie series beginning four years later.

September 22, 1996 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California, USA

In 1940, Lamour co-starred in the first of several  Road to...  films with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The movies were enormously popular during the 1940s, and they regularly placed among the top moneymaking films each year. While the films centered more on Hope and Crosby, Lamour held her own as their "straight man", and sang some of her most popular songs. The series essentially ended with the release of  Road to Hong Kong , in 1962, in which Lamour only made a cameo appearance. Actress Joan Collins was the female lead in that picture.

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A poll published two days before Christmas 1941 in Radio Daily, the newspaper for commercial radio and television stations, confirmed the national appeal of the military broadcasts by naming Hope the top comedian and top entertainer of the year. Such honors didn’t mean much, however, coming in the somber weeks after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Quirk wrote that Hope was irked on Sunday morning, December 7, because This Week magazine, a supplement to the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, had reported his gross income for 1940 ($464,). But the startling news coming over the radio from Hawaii quickly made him forget his irritation.


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