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My Favorite Spy (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 25 December 1951 (USA)
Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (story), Lou Breslow (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Peanuts White / Eric Augustine
Hedy Lamarr ... Lily Dalbray
Francis L. Sullivan ... Karl Brubaker
Arnold Moss ... Tasso
John Archer ... Henderson
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Rudolf Hoenig
Stephen Chase ... Donald Bailey
Morris Ankrum ... Gen. Frazer
Angela Clarke ... Gypsy Fortune Teller
Iris Adrian ... Lola
Frank Faylen ... Newton
Mike Mazurki ... Monkara
Marc Lawrence ... Ben Ali
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Harry Crock
Ralph Smiley Ralph Smiley ... El Sarif
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Storyline

Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in mysterious, exotic Tangier. There, he encounters the irresistable Lily Dalbray, an "old friend" of Augustine who is now dealing with his arch-enemy, Brubaker. But where is the real Eric? Comedy thriller with slapstick climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passage to Cairo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script, Peanuts is a schoolteacher who is caught impersonating a deceased gangster and is sent on a mission to Cairo. See more »

Goofs

Tangier is in Morocco, but instead of speaking French or Arabic, the natives are speaking Spanish. This is most evident during the scene where the house is on fire with the firemen yelling in Spanish to spray the water on the house. See more »

Quotes

Peanuts White: Remember you guys. Your salaries are paid by the taxpayers, and I may be one someday.
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Follows My Favorite Brunette (1947) See more »

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Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Hedy Lamarr (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Funny Hope-Hedy comedy
24 November 2007 | by Harri85274See all my reviews

I read somewhere here in this forum a readers take on the Bob-Hedy friction. Let me settle this once and for all. Hedy was always Bob favorite...look at some of the old war newsreels with the stars getting involved in the war, in their own way. There's a clip where Bob is surprisingly sharing a bed with his crony, Bing Crosby and in his dreams, he keeps calling out for Hedy. Hedy was an MGM player, so odds were against them making a movie together, each under contract to different studios. It turned out that some of Hedy's best funny scenes were cut, because the studio head at Paramount, didn't want anyone to be more funnier than their bread and butter comedian. She resented it, after all she was in the midst of making a comeback, as they called it in those days, after her terrific success in Samson and Delilah for that same studio a year before. Its odd that in 1951, Bob and Hedy made a comedy radio stint on top of a U.S.Navy flattop, in front of the sailors, in San Diego port. They even made jokes about appearing together in that movie. So, if there was friction, it was short lived. As far as her role, she was suppose to be playing it straight to Bob's antics. To me,the funniest scenes involved Hedy, mainly because I was surprised at how well she did handle comedy. Her hitting Bob like a wildcat, after he 'punched' her. Her double take upon seeing "both" Bob's was priceless...and that ending, with her driving the fire truck.


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