MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,853 this week

The Great Lover (1949)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Thriller  |  23 November 1949 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 309 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 2 critic

On an ocean liner, an inept scoutmaster pursues a duchess while a killer pursues him.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5035 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 10 Oct 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 29 Jul 2014
 
a list of 5971 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Great Lover" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Great Lover (1949)

The Great Lover (1949) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Great Lover.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Road to Bali (1952)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Una Merkel
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The outlaw T.J. 'Jesse' James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A bumbling barber in the court of King Louis XV becomes engaged in political intrigue when he masquerades as a dashing nobleman engaged to the princess of Spain.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Caulfield, Patric Knowles
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The American son of an Eastern European monarch wounded in an assassination attempt becomes a target for a terrorist organization.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Signe Hasso, William Bendix
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bumbling senator investigating graft in Louisiana is the target of a scheme involving a Viennese beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton
Off Limits (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship. Life suddenly takes a not-so-happy turn, however,... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Marilyn Maxwell
Jivaro (1954)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A gorgeous American arrives in Brazilian headhunter country, seeking her scape-grace fiancé.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming, Brian Keith
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Helena Carter
Let's Face It (1943)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A soldier stationed on an army base and his fiancé, who runs a women's "fat farm" nearby, want to get married but don't have enough money. Three customers of the "fat farm" scheme to get ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Zasu Pitts
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Duchess Alexandria
...
C.J. Dabney
Roland Culver ...
Grand Duke Maximillian
Richard Lyon ...
Stanley Wilson
...
Tommy O'Connor
Jerry Hunter ...
Herbie
Jackie Jackson ...
Joe
Wright Esser ...
Steve (as Karl Wright Esser)
Orley Lindgren ...
Bill
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ...
Humphrey
...
Williams
...
Higgins
Sig Arno ...
Attendant
Edit

Storyline

The French Surete and private eye Higgins are after a killer who uses innocent young Americans in a crooked gambling racket, and who sets sail on an ocean liner that also carries inept scoutmaster Freddie Hunter and his troop of boys. Freddie, who's been a "boy scout" too long, has designs on gorgeous Duchess Alexandria. The boys, far better organized than Freddie, are determined to save him from himself. But who will save Freddie from being the killer's next victim? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der grosse Liebhaber  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1951 with Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Hunter: Where do you think I'm from, Kokomo? I'm from North Zanesville, brother! The *big* town!
See more »

Soundtracks

A THOUSAND VIOLINS
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Rhonda Fleming
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A superior piece of Bob Hope work.
22 November 2000 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

I've always found it difficult to write anything lengthy or analytical about straight comedies. This is not because I don't enjoy them - nothing could be further from the truth, especially in the case of any offering which includes the talents of the great Bob Hope, with or without Crosby. The reason, I believe, lies in the fact that such pictures generally work only by reference to the viewer's direct involvement in them - rather like the experience of belly-laughing continuously for 45 minutes at the comedian's turn at a sportsmen's evening, but without being ever able to remember one gag afterwards. So often, the plot is all too familiar and holds no major surprises. The performances of the stars are generally what you would expect from them, and differ purely in the level of quality from picture to picture, and, for screen comics, the writing is invariably geared to their own particular talents.

All this is true of "The Great Lover". Bob Hope is close to his very best as a scout leader returning by boat to America from Europe with his troop and drawn as Roland Young's stooge into murder, intrigue and, of course, romance. As in so many of his pictures of the forties and fifties, he plays a reluctant hero, a role which enables him to display the whole range of his trademark features - the mock cowardice, the way he controls his overheating in the romantic scenes, the witty asides and the cheeky but innocent double entendres.

So what makes this picture different or special? In order to answer that, I watched the movie again before writing this review, but I still couldn't come up with a reason. Sure enough, the support playing is more than adequate, the plot simple but still interesting, and Hope is - well - Hope. He just does those things which you associate with him, but somehow the gags and his delivery always seem fresh and unforced and, despite the similarity in content, he always makes the material appear original. I can only therefore come to the conclusion that I like the film because it is a superior piece of Bob Hope work - and I like Bob Hope's work. That is the best recommendation I can give it.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to get a good copy? preacha93
Discuss The Great Lover (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?