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The first of a series of "Road To …" films, staring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, was Road To Singapore, in 1940.

Strangely, the characters never go to Singapore. In fact, nowhere in the film is "Singapore" mentioned.

Why was it given that title?

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Strangely, the characters never go to Singapore. In fact, nowhere in the film is "Singapore" mentioned.

Why was it given that title?

No, it's not mentioned but that is where, in fact, they were heading (hence Road to Singpore)...before they get sidetracked.

Josh and Ace flee to Hawaii and then head for Singapore.

Wikipedia

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  • "and then head to Singapore" is an anonymous addition, given without citation (i.e. someone's possibly incorrect opinion). – Ray Butterworth Mar 10 '20 at 19:01
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It's not as much where they are going – it's where they have been.

Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032993/

There are scenes and references to Singapore, though:

They end up sharing a waterfront shack in Singapore and vying for the affections of a sarong-clad local (Lamour) ...

https://www.quotes.net/movies/road_to_singapore_9619

To be fair, though, all the Crosby - Hope "Road" movies have messy plots. Sometimes it's hard to be sure where the heck they are.

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  • "a waterfront shack in Singapore" is someone's incorrect statement about the film. They were in a Kaigoon, not Singapore. Similarly "try to forget previous romances in Singapore" is also someone's opinion about what the film is about. – Ray Butterworth Mar 10 '20 at 18:51
  • That's why I mentioned "messy plots." They talk about events preceding the movie's timeframe in that shack and are, supposedly, headed back there. The series is full of inconsistencies like that. – Chico the Friendly Monkey Mar 10 '20 at 19:08

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