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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
The country of Barovia is in a real pickle. A terrorist organization
called The Mordia threatens to take over especially after an
assassination attempt on the last king, leaves him critically wounded
and clinging to life.
The king's only heir; the product of a youthful indiscretion when he
was sowing some wild oats in America and guess who that is. General
Signe Hasso in her best imitation of Greta Garbo in Ninotchka is sent
to bring Hope back to Barovia.
Hope, who's a radio host in New York and engaged to Vera Marshe, is
less than enthusiastic about the job of king, especially with the
Mordia trying to kill him. But there's Hasso so the situation does have
Where There's Life is an odd man out among Rapid Robert's films of the
forties when Hope was at the high point of his career. It only runs for
75 minutes, unusually short for an A film. It's funny in a lot of
spots, but not nearly as good as others he was doing at this time like
Monsieur Beaucaire or The Paleface.
Where There's Life does have some good supporting players for Hope and
Hasso with Dennis Hoey, George Coulouris, and George Zucco as various
Barovian nationals. And of course it has the incomparable William
Bendix, though a supporting actor at Paramount, was a star on radio
with The Life of Riley at this time. He plays a New York City police
officer and prospective brother-in-law to Hope. Devoted fans of Chester
A. Riley will get to hear him utter his favorite radio catchphrase,
'what a revolting development this is.'
Will Barovia get out of a Hopeless situation?
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