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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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Prime Minister Krivoc
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Hazel O'Brien
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Minister of War Grubitch
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Mr. Herbert Jones
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Joe Snyder
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John Fulda
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Mabel Jones
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Mr. Alvin - Floorwalker
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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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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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Paul Stertorius: You don't realize death is staring you in the face!
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There's Hope, But Not Much Else
5 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Bob Hope is always a wonderful comedian, but he has to work with a few handicaps here. First, there's a predictable and mundane script with a plot more fit for the Three Stooges than Hope. Second, the production values look awfully cheap. This looks more like Republic Pictures than Paramount. Third, co-star Signe Hasso is listless and grim, and has no chemistry with Hope at all. She is also saddled with a ridiculous and silly hairstyle. The only memorable delight in the film is William Bendix as a N.Y.City cop. His delivery of his signature line, "What a revolting development this is," is the funniest laugh in the movie. At 75 minutes, the film zips by and is pleasant enough, but not nearly as much fun as "Monsieur Beaucaire," "Paleface" or any of the Road pictures.


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