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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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Gen. Katrina Grimovitch
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Victor O'Brien
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Prime Minister Krivoc
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Hazel O'Brien
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Paul Stertorius
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Minister of War Grubitch
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Mr. Herbert Jones
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Finance Minister Zavitch
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Albert Miller
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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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21 November 1947 (USA)  »

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A vos ordres ma générale  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial telecast took place in Omaha Wednesday 7 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Milwaukee 5 May 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 31 October 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Detroit 9 March 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Chicago 26 August 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New York City 19 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and finally by Los Angeles 5 November 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) as part of Universal's Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection, and again as a single 17 November 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. During this time, it's also had occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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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 »

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Gen. Katrina Grimovitch: Michael, run!
Michael Joseph Valentine: Run? Do you think I'm yellow?
[after gunshot breaks glass]
Michael Joseph Valentine: Shake hands with a lemon!
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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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Barovia Is In a Hopeless Situation
3 December 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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 its compensations.

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.

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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