MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,189 this week

The Great Lover (1949)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 282 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 3763 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 870 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 85 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 
a list of 310 titles
created 03 May 2013
 
a list of 2830 titles
created 4 weeks 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 6.8/10

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... 

Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
College Swing (1938)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Gracie Alden tries to graduate on college to get an inheritance.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

Director: Norman Panama
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gil Kyle finds himself caught up in the politics and unrest of the American Civil War and soon gets himself framed for a murder. His only alibi is Candace Bronson, who is aiding the ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: Glenn Ford, Edmond O'Brien, Rhonda Fleming
Road to Bali (1952)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
Certificate: M Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Young couple decide to live together and they wind up having a baby. They decide they should give the baby up for adoption. The baby's Mother's parents wind up adopting the baby using a fake name.

Director: Norman Panama
Stars: Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Jane Wyman
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Bob Hope is a stressed out talk show host who is sent on a vacation to Arizona on doctor's orders and has to play Sherlock Holmes with his wife, the lovely Eva Marie Saint, to solve a series of murders that has Bob as the prime suspect.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy
Certificate: Passed Animation | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour
Gun Glory (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gunfighter defends his town when cattlemen threaten to destroy it by stampeding cattle through the farmlands.

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Stewart Granger, Rhonda Fleming, Chill Wills
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Bank teller and widower with seven kids, Bob Hope finds $10,000 in a parking lot. His luck quickly changes when it's discovered that his bank discovers a substantial money shortage in their... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Freddie Hunter
...
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: [after kissing Alexandria] I'm not worth it, bit if I'm not, who is?
[Barks like a dog]
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:
?