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Release Date:
9 May 1958 (USA) See more »
The Comedy Team Of The Century See more »
Comedian Bob Hunter is aided by his French counterpart Fernydel and two beautiful blondes when he is targeted for death by a powerful European counterfeiting ring. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Robert Leslie Hunter

Fernandel ... Fernydel

Anita Ekberg ... Zara

Martha Hyer ... Ann McCall

Preston Sturges ... Serge Vitry

André Morell ... American Ambassador
Alan Gifford ... American Consul
Maurice Teynac ... Doctor Bernais
Yves Brainville ... Inspector Dupont

Jean Murat ... Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bouillaud ... Porter (uncredited)
Jean Daurand ... (uncredited)
Gil Delamare ... (uncredited)
Marcel Pérès ... Institute guard (uncredited)
Roger Tréville ... Patient (uncredited)
Irène Tunc ... Shipboard Lovely (uncredited)
Hans Verner ... Gangster (uncredited)
Paul Violette ... Institute guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerd Oswald 
Writing credits
Bob Hope (story) (as Robert Hope)

Edmund Beloin (writer) and
Dean Riesner (writer)

Produced by
C.R. Foster-Kemp .... associate producer
Bob Hope .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography by
Roger Hubert 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Production Design by
Georges Wakhévitch 
Costume Design by
Pierre Balmain 
Makeup Department
Hagop Arakelian .... makeup artist
Alex Archambault .... hair stylist
Boris Karabanoff .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Surin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Feyder .... assistant director
Art Department
René Calviera .... associate art director
René Petit .... associate art director
Jean Taillandier .... associate art director
Sound Department
Robert Biard .... sound mixer
Francis J. Scheid .... sound mixer (as Francis Scheid)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolphe Charlet .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gladys de Segonzac .... costume supervisor
Other crew
John Crewdson .... aerial facilities (as Captain John Crewdson)
Gil Delamare .... assistant: John Crewdson
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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The last film of Preston Sturges and his only credited acting role.See more »
Robert Leslie Hunter:[to Zara as she lights his cigarette] If we get any closer, we won't need a lighter.See more »
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Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Slight comedy provides glimpse of French funnyman, 5 December 1998
Author: philosophymom from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

It should have been funnier.

It had the right cast: Bob Hope in the sort of part he could believably play, that of clever, self-aware, ham entertainer "Bob Hunter"; Grace-Kelly-esque Martha Hyer as his classy, hard-to-get love interest "Ann McCall"; shapely Anita Ekberg as "Zara," a mysterious spy whose strange interest in Bob complicates (among other things) the hapless comedian's attempts at romancing Ann; and funny-faced Frenchman Fernandel as "Fernydel," Hunter's Gallic counterpart/rival/friend in the story's adventures.

And the plot had potential. There was mystery (why does a spy ring seem determined to keep Bob Hunter from acquiring a script from a famous French playwright?), romance (as endearingly un-suave Hunter slowly wins his sophisticated lady), and comic relief (in the exchange of one-upmanship between friendly rivals Fernydel and Hunter). Throw in the classic cruise-ship setting which begins the film, plus several car (and other vehicle) chases through Paris and its environs at the film's climax, and you have a diverting hour and a half of film, right?

Well, more or less. The film's comic potential is never *quite* realized, in large part because the scenes with real screwball potential simply move too slowly. Case in point: a courtroom scene in which non-Anglophone Fernydel is called to testify to Bob Hunter's sanity. The trial is conducted in English, and as the Frenchman "defends" his American friend by proudly trotting out all the "hep cat" slang the latter has taught him ("crazy," "out of this world," "the living end"), he only makes things worse. But the sort of snappy pace that gives that crucial edge to linguistic-confusion routines (think "Who's on first?") is utterly absent. And in another scene, in which the baddies chase Hope, Hyer, and Fernandel through an amusement park, it's just too dark to properly make out their antics.

Still, the film served its purpose for me: I bought it to see the celebrated Fernandel in his only American movie role of which I am aware. Without English, the Frenchman could not have played many parts accessible to a mainstream American audience, and in this movie his role is perfectly designed to get around that difficulty. He essentially plays a broad caricature of himself, with the usual stereotype of the Frenchman-as-eternal-romantic thrown in for good measure.

Oh, and there's a funny "in joke" for those who know a little bit about Fernandel. The role for which he is best remembered in Europe is that of "Don Camillo," the fiesty priest in a series of well-loved films based on Giovanni Guareschi's stories. And when, in "Paris Holiday," his character dons a cassock in an attempt to sneak into a place where Hope's being held prisoner, it's as if Don Camillo is making a brief cameo here.

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