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Where There's Life (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Thriller | 21 November 1947 (USA)
The American son of an Eastern European monarch wounded in an assassination attempt becomes a target for a terrorist organization.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Allen Boretz (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Michael Joseph Valentine
Signe Hasso ... Gen. Katrina Grimovitch
William Bendix ... Victor O'Brien
George Coulouris ... Prime Minister Krivoc
Vera Marshe ... Hazel O'Brien
George Zucco ... Paul Stertorius
Dennis Hoey ... Minister of War Grubitch
John Alexander ... Mr. Herbert Jones
Victor Varconi ... Finance Minister Zavitch
Joseph Vitale ... Albert Miller
Harry von Zell ... Joe Snyder
Anthony Caruso ... John Fulda
Norma Varden ... Mabel Jones
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Mr. Alvin - Floorwalker
Roy Atwell Roy Atwell ... Salesman
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Storyline

In a far off country, their king is critically wounded after an assassination attempt and the only heir is a timid New York radio personality, Bob Hope. After reluctantly traveling to his father's homeland, Bob is not happy with becoming the target of the same terrorist organization that attacked the king. Written by laird-3

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Where there's life there's Bob Hope in the king-size comedy of a cut rate clown prince! (poster). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vos ordres ma générale See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a play on the old platitude "Where there's life, there's hope". See more »

Goofs

Foreign nationals from Boravia in Europe kidnap American citizen Bob Hope (who presumably has no passport or visa) and put him on their plane without any security checks at the airport. See more »

Quotes

Michael Joseph Valentine: [to Krivoc] Well, you look familiar. I just can't place the graveyard!
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Crazy Credits

Opening title card - "This is Barovia.. A small european country which even today has not fully recovered from the effects of ruthless enemy occupation..." See more »

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References Blue Skies (1946) See more »

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bob hope caught up in another caper
27 May 2016 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Only two hundred votes for this so far... Turner Classics must not show this one very often. Bob Hope is "Michael Valentine", who happens to be the sole heir to the throne of Barovia. When the king is knocked off, the country officials kidnap Valentine to bring him back to Barovia. Of course, this will interfere with his wedding plans. It's the usual combination of Hope's ongong one-liners and physical gags, as he tries to escape so he can get married. William Bendix is the other big name here... he is the girlfriend's big brother, who has hated Valentine all along. The usual mix-ups, mis-understandings, and running around the mulberry bush. Dead bodies that appear and disappear. Bob Hope made this one right in the middle of all the "Road to " films. Of course there's a dig at Bing Crosby as they run past a poster of Crosby. Also the ending felt a little confusing and tacked on; they could have ended the film about 5 minutes earlier and it would have made more sense. Signe Hasso co-stars as the blonde general from Barovia. It's a fine performance by everyone. The writing isn't as clever as some of the other Hope films, but it's acceptable entertainment. Directed by Sidney Lanfield, who had directed SIX films with Hope. Writer Shavelson had been nominated for two Oscars. This is part of a double DVD with Monsieur Beaucaire from Universal.


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