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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.

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Hazel O'Brien
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Minister of War Grubitch
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Joe Snyder
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John Fulda
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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 »

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Comedy | Thriller

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21 November 1947 (USA)  »

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A vos ordres ma générale  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 16, 1948 with Bob Hope and Signe Hasso reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

at 16 minutes, the Barovian officials put Valentine in his airplane seat, and they fasten his seatbelt. At 17 minutes, he jumps out of his seat and runs to the other side of the airplane, which he should not be able to do since the seatbelt had just been fastened. See more »

Quotes

Victor O'Brien: [about Valentine] When that anteater buries his nose in the pillow, it leaves an impression on the mattress.
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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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An Exploding Cigar Saves The Day! (Ho-Hum!)
28 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I guess in order to fully appreciate the likes of Bob Hope as a comedian (and admit that he's a funny guy), it all comes down to something of an acquired taste. But, with that said, even after seeing him in a number of films, I still haven't come anywhere near to acquiring that taste of total appreciation for this dude.

To me, Bob Hope, far too often, comes across as being one of the driest, most bland, and most unfunny comics of his era. In fact, there are moments when Hope's screen-persona gives me the creeps, big-time, especially when his character is required (amongst other things) to be a hot-blooded lover-boy type to some semi-smouldering babe.

From my point of view, Hope's apparent male-magnetism and believability as a virile specimen of raw manhood registers (on a scale of 1-10) at about 2. And 2 is also about the very same position where Hope's appeal as an all-round comic seems to sit, as well.

In "Where There's Life", Hope is radio personality, Michael Valentine, on WKDC in New York.

Valentine soon finds out (in a roundabout way) that he is the long-lost heir to the throne of the mythical kingdom of Borovia. This, in turn, makes him a target of spies, kidnapping, and death plots, as well as the desire of not one, but two, very determined women. (You go figure)


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