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Never Say Die (1939)

A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.

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Elliott Nugent

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Don Hartman (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Martha Raye ... Mickey Hawkins
Bob Hope ... John Kidley
Andy Devine ... Henry Munch
Alan Mowbray ... Prince Smirnov
Gale Sondergaard ... Juno Marko
Sig Ruman ... Poppa Ingleborg (as Sig Rumann)
Ernest Cossart ... Jeepers
Paul Harvey ... Jasper Hawkins
Frances Arms ... Momma Ingleborg
Ivan F. Simpson ... Kretsky (as Ivan Simpson)
Monty Woolley ... Dr. Schmidt
Foy Van Dolsen Foy Van Dolsen ... Kretsky's Bodyguard
Christian Rub ... The Mayor
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Bob Hope is being stalked by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times over. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her father is determined that she marry into royalty. To solve both their problems, Martha Raye and Bob Hope decide to marry, but will they ever find love together? Written by laird-3

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hei, iloinen elämä See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Louisiana Purchase (1941) as part of the Bob Hope Tribute Collection. See more »

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Man who loads pistols: There's a cross on the muzzle of the pistol with the bullet and a nick on the handle of the pistol with the blank.
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The Tra La La and The Oom Pah Pah
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Laughs come haltingly when they come at all
19 December 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

This supposedly light-hearted romp through Switzerland seems more like spending the weekend at Berchtesgaden with Adolf and Eva.

This is quite a surprise when you consider that the script was co-authored by Preston Sturges, and that the cast includes Bob Hope and Andy Devine. I only have to imagine Andy saying "Wild Bill" in that puberty-stricken voice of his, and I laugh. Unfortunately, this is not the old Wild Bill Hickok show.

The next Preston Sturges project to misfire as badly as this one would probably be The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend in 1949, with all of those masterpieces still to come lying in between.

The film has one interesting sequence, the duel scene, which contains this dialogue: "There's a cross on the muzzle of the pistol with the bullet and a nick on the handle of the pistol with the blank." When you hear this in the movie, said with the proper rhythm, you will recognize it immediately as the "chalice from the palace has the brew that is true" bit in "The Court Jester" with Danny Kaye from 1956. I suppose Melvin Frank and Norman Panama knew a good idea when they heard one and helped themselves. Or do both scenes derive from an even older vaudeville routine?


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