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My Favorite Spy (1951)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Music  |  25 December 1951 (USA)
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Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

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Peanuts White / Eric Augustine
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Lily Dalbray
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Karl Brubaker
Arnold Moss ...
Tasso
John Archer ...
Henderson
Luis Van Rooten ...
Rudolf Hoenig
Stephen Chase ...
Donald Bailey
Morris Ankrum ...
Gen. Frazer
Angela Clarke ...
Gypsy Fortune Teller
Iris Adrian ...
Lola
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Newton
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Monkara
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Ben Ali
Tonio Selwart ...
Harry Crock
Ralph Smiley ...
El Sarif
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Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in mysterious, exotic Tangier. There, he encounters the irresistable Lily Dalbray, an "old friend" of Augustine who is now dealing with his arch-enemy, Brubaker. But where is the real Eric? Comedy thriller with slapstick climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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25 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Passage to Cairo  »

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In the original script, Peanuts is a schoolteacher who is caught impersonating a deceased gangster and is sent on a mission to Cairo. See more »

Goofs

Tangier is in Morocco, but instead of speaking French or Arabic, the natives are speaking Spanish. This is most evident during the scene where the house is on fire with the firemen yelling in Spanish to spray the water on the house. See more »

Quotes

Lily Dalbray: The closer I get to death the more I realize that I love you.
Peanuts White: The closer I get to death the more I realize I love me, too.
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This one is definitely for Bob Hope fans only
26 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I enjoyed a few of Bob Hope's films, I must say up front that I am not especially a fan of his work. And, I think that others who are not huge fans of his work will probably not be particularly impressed by this rather limp comedy. That's because, for a comedy, this film has a remarkably small amount of humor. Apart from a slightly amusing situation, most of the "laughs" are the result of Hope's mugging and one-liners. For me, they frankly weren't funny at all. My opinion, and I know this might make me sound harsh, is that for years, Bob Hope cashed in on his early successes and then just kind of walked through many roles playing himself. And, this film isn't particularly different from a long string of very similar films from the 40s and 50s. While his die-hard fans will no doubt enjoy this, others will probably be pretty bored.

The film is a story about Hope and a look-alike who is a master spy. The spy is captured and Hope is to take his place and secure some secret film. Along the way, he meets Hedy Lamarr--who just seems a bit out of her element. She is not a natural comedienne, but this film doesn't even allow her to try--forcing her to play a dramatic role most of the film. And, in the final chase scene, it looks like a limp imitation of a Keystone comedy. As a result, you're left with a slightly less than average time-passer and nothing more. While technically sound, I was frankly amazed how uninvolving this film was. There was just so little energy and few laughs.


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