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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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A superior piece of Bob Hope work. See more (8 total) »


  (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)

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 »
Freddie Hunter:I promise I'll be a good Boy Forrester.
Stanley Wilson:Loyal? Cheerful? Hopeful? Truthful? Brave and clean?
Freddie Hunter:Brave and clean.
Stanley Wilson:No tobacco? No alcohol?
Freddie Hunter:No tobacco. No alcohol.
Stanley Wilson:No women?
Freddie Hunter:No tobacco.
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A superior piece of Bob Hope work., 22 November 2000
Author: rgshanks ( from Warrington, England

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.

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