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Release Date:
23 November 1949 (USA) See more »
On an ocean liner, an inept scoutmaster pursues a duchess while a killer pursues him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Freddie Hunter

Rhonda Fleming ... Duchess Alexandria

Roland Young ... C.J. Dabney
Roland Culver ... Grand Duke Maximillian
Richard Lyon ... Stanley Wilson

Gary Gray ... Tommy O'Connor
Jerry Hunter ... Herbie
Jackie Jackson ... Joe
Wright Esser ... Steve (as Karl Wright Esser)
Orley Lindgren ... Bill
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ... Humphrey

George Reeves ... Williams

Jim Backus ... Higgins
Sig Arno ... Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Adrian ... French Sailor (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Andre ... Steward (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Cigar Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Steward (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Passenger Drinking in Cabin (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Steward (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Officer (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Ray De Ravenne ... Attendant (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... Purser (uncredited)
William Eddritt ... Bartender (uncredited)
Joe Espitallier ... Steward (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eric Feldary ... French Sailor (uncredited)
Paul Frison ... Boy Forester (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Marcel Journet ... Inspector Ladois (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Steward (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Myron Marks ... French Detective (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Officer (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Amazed Sailor with Dog (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Policeman (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Porter (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Cabin Streward (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... French Officer (uncredited)
Elaine Riley ... Passenger (uncredited)
Eddie Rio ... Steward (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Steward (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
Writing credits
Edmund Beloin (written by) &
Melville Shavelson (written by) and
Jack Rose (written by)

Arthur Alsberg  uncredited
Lynn Root  uncredited
Leo Solomon  uncredited

Produced by
Edmund Beloin .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ross Dowd 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Berner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Mull .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Coonan .... assistant director (as John Coonan)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound
Walter Oberst .... sound
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Koffman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Lupe Hall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not That Great, 30 November 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

A middling Bob Hope movie that provides only occasional laffs, the poorly titled "The Great Lover" (1949) proved something of a disappointment for me, especially in light of the infinitely superior Hope picture "The Ghost Breakers" (1940) that I'd just seen a few days earlier. In "The Great Lover," Hope plays a scoutmaster from N. Zanesville, Ohio who is chaperoning his small troop of obnoxiously upright brats on a trans-Atlantic boat voyage whilst getting involved with destitute duchess Rhonda Fleming and becoming the pawn of cardsharp/psycho strangler Roland Young. Patently unrealistic antics ensue, some of them mildly entertaining, but not enough for consistent amusement. Still, the picture DOES have enough going for it to warrant a mild recommendation. Rhonda Fleming, 26 here and extremely beautiful, makes a nice foil for Hope, though it's a pity her gorgeous red hair can't be appreciated in this B&W film. She and Skislopenose perform a cute musical number, too. Also fun are some cameos and bit parts by that ol' skinflint Jack Benny (uncredited), as well as George "Superman" Reeves and Jim "Mr. Magoo" Backus. It's also interesting to see the usually mild-mannered Roland "Topper" Young playing against type as the crazy villain. Unfortunately, the "good folks" at Brentwood Communications have done it again, offering another lousy-looking/sounding DVD from a crappy 16mm print source, and with no extras to speak of. All in all, while fun enough, "The Great Lover" wasn't that, um, great.

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