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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 »
Foreign nationals from Boravia in Europe kidnap American citizen Bob Hope (who presumably has no passport or visa) and put him on their plane without any security checks at the airport. See more »
When that anteater buries his nose in the pillow, it leaves an impression on the mattress.
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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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