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Arthur L. Jarrett (story) and
William Watson (story)
Release Date:
2 March 1934 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Bob

Leah Ray ... Senorita
Frances Halliday ... Mother
Jules Epailly ... Mayor of Los Pochos Eggos
Vicki Cummings ... Bob's Girl
William Edmunds ... Gaucho
Godoy's Argentine Band ... Musical Ensemble

Directed by
Al Christie 
Writing credits
Arthur L. Jarrett (story) (as Art Jarrett)

William Watson  story

Produced by
Al Christie .... producer
Cinematography by
George Webber 
Music Department
Johnny Burke .... lyrics: songs (uncredited)
Harold Spina .... music: songs (uncredited)
Other crew
E.W. Hammons .... presenter
Jack H. Skirball .... presenter (re-release)
Crew believed to be complete

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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Bob Hope joked afterwards that if ever they caught John Dillinger his punishment would be to watch this move twice.See more »
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Featured in The Sound of Laughter (1963)See more »


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Bob Hope was right when he made an insult about his first film appearance in Going Spanish, 22 February 2016
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA

Nearly 30 years before just now rewatching this on YouTube, I had previously watched this short on a Goodtimes VHS tape that also had a "Jack Benny Program" with Bob Hope as guest along with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and a Bing Crosby short. Yes, Hope made his film debut in this and yes, he told columnist Walter Winchell this infamous quote about it-"When they catch John Dillinger, they're gonna make him sit through it twice!"-which promptly get him fired from the studio responsible for it-Educational Pictures. The lame plot has Bob in a Spanish town where he's allowed to insult anyone-as long as he sings a song afterward. Only amusing parts were when he judged some ugly faces and when he and Leah Ray sang a song that had some passersby inadvertently ending some lyrics with insults. In summary, Going Spanish is only worthy to see as the first film of a legendary comedian and nothing more.

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