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Never Say Die (1939)

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

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Elliott Nugent

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Don Hartman (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Martha Raye ... Mickey Hawkins
Bob Hope ... John Kidley
Andy Devine ... Henry Munch
Alan Mowbray ... Prince Smirnov
Gale Sondergaard ... Juno Marko
Sig Ruman ... Poppa Ingleborg (as Sig Rumann)
Ernest Cossart ... Jeepers
Paul Harvey ... Jasper Hawkins
Frances Arms ... Momma Ingleborg
Ivan F. Simpson ... Kretsky (as Ivan Simpson)
Monty Woolley ... Dr. Schmidt
Foy Van Dolsen Foy Van Dolsen ... Kretsky's Bodyguard
Christian Rub ... The Mayor
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Bob Hope is being stalked by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times over. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her father is determined that she marry into royalty. To solve both their problems, Martha Raye and Bob Hope decide to marry, but will they ever find love together? Written by laird-3

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hei, iloinen elämä See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie may include the first use of the comic gag of a person's trying to memorize a catchy long line of words and getting them hilariously incorrect in the end. The line from this movie is this:

"There's a cross on the muzzle of the pistol with the bullet and a nick on the handle of the pistol with the blank."

In "The Paleface" (1948), also starring Bob Hope, is another example:

"He draws from the left, so lean to the right. There's a wind from the east so better aim to the west. He crouches when he shoots so stand on your toes."

And in "The Court Jester" (1955), Danny Kaye, as the Jester, tries to memorize:

"The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!" After the chalice from the palace was broken, this was amended to: "The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true." See more »

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Man who loads pistols: There's a cross on the muzzle of the pistol with the bullet and a nick on the handle of the pistol with the blank.
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The Tra La La and The Oom Pah Pah
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Bob Hope and Martha Raye work with a good supporting cast in Never Say Die with a nice script partially credited to Preston Sturges
4 June 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this early Bob Hope picture made before his established movie personality of a cowardly hero was ingrained in the minds of the public. Here, he's a rich man who believes he's dying due to...well, just watch the picture. Anyway, Martha Raye is also in this. Both of them are engaged to a someone neither wants to marry so they decide to wed each other. Oh, and Andy Devine is also here as someone who really likes Ms. Raye. Let me just stop here and just say that I found the whole thing quite funny and the fact Preston Sturges was one of the writers may have had to do something with it. There's also a game supporting cast involved. So on that note, I highly recommend Never Say Die.


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