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They Got Me Covered (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 4 March 1943 (USA)
Fired by his editor for incompetence, idiotic reporter Robert Kittredge sees a chance at redeeming himself when he accidentally uncovers a network of Nazi spies in Washington, D.C.


David Butler


Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Frank Fenton (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Robert Kittredge
Dorothy Lamour ... Christina Hill
Lenore Aubert ... Mrs. Vanescu
Otto Preminger ... Fauscheim
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Baldanacco (as Edward Ciannelli)
Marion Martin ... Gloria
Donald Meek ... Little Old Man
Phyllis Ruth ... Sally
Philip Ahn ... Nichimuro
Donald MacBride ... Mason
Mary Treen ... Helen
Bettye Avery Bettye Avery ... Mildred
Margaret Hayes ... Lucille
Mary Byrne ... Laura
William Yetter Sr. William Yetter Sr. ... Holtz (as William Yetter)


Bumbling reporter Robert Kittredge has been fired after bungling his latest assignment. His career isn't all he's botched up: his girlfriend Chris is tired of waiting for him to marry her. When he gets a hot tip on some Nazi spies operating in Washington, D.C., he convinces Chris to help him break the story so he can get his job back. The pair soon find themselves in several awkward predicaments as they track the criminals down in a night club, a burlesque show, and face a final showdown at a beauty salon. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

4 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Washington Angle See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although Hollywood Reporter news items mention that Arthur Kober collaborated on the original script and Don Hartman, producer Samuel Goldwyn's writer and production assistant, worked on uncompleted scenes, the contributions of these writers cannot be confirmed. See more »


In her changing room, Gloria ties the string of pompoms ("snow balls") to her left shoulder and the pompom liner going down the dress is on the right side. As she walks out on stage it's clear that the first part of the performance has been reversed as the both decoration and the pompoms lining the dress downward has swapped sides. During the rest of the performance, they're back to their intended sides. See more »


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Hope/Lamour WWII comedy
3 November 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Bob Hope is a Pulitzer-prize winning Robert Kittridge reporter who, after assuring his editor that Germany will not invade Russia loses his job in "They Got Me Covered." He thinks that this minor infraction can be forgiven if the man who won him the first Pulitzer, his contact Vanescu, will just come through with the story he says he has. But he's too nervous and tells Kittridge to have a stenographer (Lamour) meet him and she should carry a red bag and a green umbrella. His girlfriend/secretary calls home and arranges to have her roommate meet them - but Kittridge has the meeting place mixed up and by the time they get to the right place, the roommate has been taken away in a car. She gets the story in shorthand but the Nazis can't decipher it. They bring in decoder after decoder who look at the notes in dismay and say things like, "This isn't Gregg shorthand...this isn't Pittman....this isn't speedwriting..." - a very funny scene that probably had the secretaries in the audience laughing. The poor roommate then becomes a target.

The script is loaded with war jokes about rationing, the swing shift, etc., and Hope pops them off in his usual wry manner. When he hears Crosby on the radio, he turns it off and says, "That guy is haunting me." Lamour sports a big, high hairdo that almost looks like she's got it intertwined with a fur piece. She gives Hope great support. The Axis powers are a scream - Otto Preminger, Eduardo Cianelli, and Philip Ahn. In one very funny scene, Hope, disguised as a dummy, is eavesdropping on them at a health club when Preminger decides to show his skill with a knife - at the dummy.

Wartime audiences must have loved this, and much of "They Got Me Covered" still holds up even if that particular war is over. Great comedy delivered by masters.

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