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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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'40s comedy from Bob Hope 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)

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 »
Freddie Hunter:[after kissing Alexandria] I'm not worth it, bit if I'm not, who is?
[Barks like a dog]
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'40s comedy from Bob Hope, 9 October 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

I admit to loving Bob Hope in the '40s. He was cute, he had great delivery, and I loved that naive persona. In The Great Lover, he's a scout leader who falls for Rhonda Fleming on board ship, all the while he's being eyed by Roland Young as his next mark. Young plays a card shark who lets his mark win, then suggests one last cut of the cards for a winner take all. And of course he wins. When he doesn't, he still wins because he murders his victims and steals their money. The first victim we're shown is George "Superman" Reeves.

Fleming and her father are impoverished royalty en route to sell a valuable necklace. Jim Backus, playing a detective after Young, is also on board.

Some funny bits, with Fleming looking beautiful and Hope in great form. The best is when he has a $100 bill and a man asks to see it and then nearly pockets it - Jack Benny. Hope walks away from him, stops, and then says to himself, "No -- he'd never be in first class."

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