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Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap? Written by
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Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour team up for this spoof on private eyes movies, particularly Sam Spade. Hope plays a baby photographer who dreams about being a real private eye, like his friend. One day he is mistaken for being his friend, which Hope chooses not to correct, by Lamour's mysterious lady in distress character. Soon Hope finds himself running from Lon Chaney and Peter Lorre, at their spookiest best.
This was the first movie I ever saw with Bob Hope, and I didn't even realize that Hope and Lamour were famous for the Road movies they did with Bing Crosby. However, this movie is consistently funny throughout. Hope fit the character perfectly. Keep an eye out for Crosby's cameo.
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