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Release Date:
23 November 1949 (USA) See more »
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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)

Did You Know?

"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 »
C.J. Dabney:The wonderful thing about Paris is that you can get French champagne at domestic prices.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hope On The High Seas Playing Poker Ohio Style, 3 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Bob Hope is once again somebody's patsy in The Great Lover. Though this time it almost proves fatal to him in the case of murderous Roland Young. Young's a con artist and card sharp whose modus operandi is to take in two people, a rich mark and a naive doofus and get them into a poker game. Young makes sure the doofus wins in the end, but then they play a bit of two handed poker where Young takes the winnings. And if they object as George Reeves does in the initial scene, Young strangles them and takes the money anyway.

The mark in this case is Roland Culver who seems to be carrying over his part from The Emperor Waltz, a titled noble who in this case is in a state of genteel poverty. He's got two assets, a valuable necklace and his daughter Rhonda Fleming. Young covets the former and Hope's attracted to the latter.

To get Culver into the game, Young introduces Hope as a millionaire from Ohio. What Hope is actually doing is babysitting a group of Boy Foresters on a trip to Europe for an international gathering. Some of the best comedy in the film comes from Hope trying none to successfully to live up to their clean living creed.

In that vein young Richard Lyon proves to be one gigantic pill to be saddled with. He's the head of the Boy Foresters and the nephew of Hope's employer in Zanesville, Ohio. Lyon is the adopted son of Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels and does a very good job of playing straight for some of Hope's best lines. The rest of the Boy Foresters fall in line like good little fascists, except for Gary Gray who likes Hope.

Instead of Bing Crosby making an unbilled appearance, Hope is blessed with that other legendary radio comedian Jack Benny who brings his miser act on board. But maybe it wasn't Benny as Hope remarks, no way he'd be traveling first class on the ship.

The Great Lover has a lot of good scenes and while it's not at the top tier of films for Bob Hope it's at the top of his second tier of film comedies. Definitely for fans of the man who in fact was raised in Ohio.

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