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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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Cast

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:

Never Say Die 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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Louisiana Purchase (1941) as part of the Bob Hope Tribute Collection. 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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Entire cast hilarious in wild comedy
26 January 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Wealthy hypochondriac Bob Hope is visiting a European spa called Bad Gaswasser, taking the waters and hiding out from gold digging widow Gale Sondergaard. Meanwhile, Martha Raye has been dragged to the same locale by her nouveau riche Texan dad, who wants her to marry prince Alan Mowbray, who is broke and seeks a large dowry. Martha, however, has her heart set on hometown pal Andy Devine, who also shows up….

The script and the cast are very funny in this fast-paced comedy that barely slows down for a couple of really sweet moments between Hope and Raye (who are both excellent). Among the best moments are an opening sequence showing a scientist in a water processing lab mixing and testing the "natural hot mineral springs" water that Bad Gaswasser promotes; poor Sig Ruman as the hotel manager who can't quite figure out what's going on with guests Hope, Raye and Devine; and Raye, blindfolded, mistaking a friendly bear for Andy Devine ("Why, Henry, how dare you take your shirt off!").

Monty Woolley is hilarious in a bit as a doctor who mistakenly receives a dog's test results instead of Hope's and thinks he's discovered a rare case that will make him famous: "With your acidity," he exclaims, "you can digest bones!" Sondergaard is also wildly funny as the former Olympic sharpshooting champion whose husbands tend to die suddenly.

In fact, with this cast of crazies, it's fair (if odd) to say that Hope and Raye essentially play the straight roles in the picture—although both, of course, get in their share of funny moments, too.

It's extremely light and it goes by very fast. Good fun.


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