Rarely-Seen But Greatly Entertaining Films

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1. Nothing But the Truth (1941)

90 min | Comedy

Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Arnold, Leif Erickson

Votes: 447

2. Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Andy Devine

Votes: 248

3. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 1,027

4. Where There's Life (1947)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Thriller

The American son of an Eastern European monarch wounded in an assassination attempt becomes a target for a terrorist organization.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Signe Hasso, William Bendix, George Coulouris

Votes: 264

5. Ghost Catchers (1944)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Gloria Jean, Martha O'Driscoll

Votes: 111

6. The Paleface (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Western

Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian

Votes: 3,143

7. Son of Paleface (1952)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Junior Potter returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. "Mike" is the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Barton is the federal marshal hot on her trail.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers, Trigger

Votes: 1,788

8. The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Princess Margaret is travelling incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man her father has betrothed her to. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who know... See full summary »

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,521

9. The Bullfighters (1945)

Approved | 61 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Bumbling detective Stan Laurel disguises himself as a famous matador in order to hide from the vengeful Richard K. Muldoon, who spent time in prison on Stan's bogus testimony.

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Stan Laurel | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Margo Woode, Richard Lane

Votes: 829

10. George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride

Votes: 1,231

11. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

A bumbling barber in the court of King Louis XV becomes engaged in political intrigue when he masquerades as a dashing nobleman engaged to the princess of Spain.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Caulfield, Patric Knowles, Marjorie Reynolds

Votes: 366

12. My Favorite Spy (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

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 »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan, Arnold Moss

Votes: 885

13. My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy

Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco

Votes: 1,011

14. Alias Jesse James (1959)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Outlaw T.J. "Jesse" James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth, who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 1,028

15. The Major and the Minor (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley

Votes: 5,153 | Gross: $6.38M

16. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 1,799

17. Never Say Die (1939)

82 min | Comedy

A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Andy Devine, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 324

18. Here Comes Cookie (1935)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Music

Alarmed that his younger daughter is about to marry a gold-digger, a millionaire turns over the fortune to her ditsy older sister for safe-keeping to his ultimate regret, protection.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, George Barbier, Betty Furness

Votes: 116

19. The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West

Votes: 10,578

20. Buddy Buddy (1981)

R | 96 min | Comedy

During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 3,771 | Gross: $7.26M

21. The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

PG | 111 min | Comedy

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith

Votes: 4,745

22. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 10,372 | Gross: $17.30M

23. Caught in the Draft (1941)

82 min | Comedy, Romance, War

A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Lynne Overman, Eddie Bracken

Votes: 435

24. Fancy Pants (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood

Votes: 993 | Gross: $2.60M

25. Jitterbugs (1943)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Musical

The boys team up with a likable con man to help a pretty singer's mother who's been taken in by swindlers.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Vivian Blaine, Robert Bailey

Votes: 782 | Gross: $1.05M

26. Twice Blessed (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

Stephanie and Terry are two identical twins who have been split up since their parents divorced seven years before. Each envies the life style of the other so they decide, without telling ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Preston Foster, Gail Patrick, Lee Wilde, Lyn Wilde

Votes: 115

27. Kentucky Kernels (1934)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Musical

The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Mary Carlisle, George 'Spanky' McFarland

Votes: 239

28. Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Sport

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 835

29. Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical

Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Ruth Etting, Thelma Todd

Votes: 328

30. Diplomaniacs (1933)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Musical

Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Phyllis Barry

Votes: 197

31. Tillie and Gus (1933)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy

Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Martin | Stars: W.C. Fields, Alison Skipworth, Baby LeRoy, Julie Bishop

Votes: 370