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Larry Haines, a mediocre vaudeville entertainer, boards a train bound for Los Angeles. Is Hollywood waiting for him with open arms? Not really as the one he signed a contract for is Percy, his roller-skating penguin partner! But, as the proverb says, the shadow of glory is better than no glory at all! Anyway, doesn't Larry meet a woman on the train? And a blonde one! And a British agent into the bargain! The delicious creature who is carrying a coded message hidden in a brooch and is being pursued by Nazi agents. She will need Larry (and Percy)'s help to elude her pursuers and to get the secret information to destination. The mission will be accomplished, although in an eventful and hilarious way...Written by
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 MCA ever since. It initial television broadcast took place in Chicago Tuesday 3 March 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Milwaukee 9 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 19 September 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Philadelphia 9 October 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Omaha 9 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Grand Rapids 11 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 12 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), New York City 9 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), by St. Louis 26 September 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Los Angeles 19 May 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 31 December 1961 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD 5 March 2002 in tandem with Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) as part of Universal's Bob Hope Tribute Collection & again 29 April 2014 as part of Universal's 10-Title Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection, and, since that time, has also had an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When the penguin roller skates down the ramp in the stage act, wires are visible on the skates. See more »
[as they're attempting to escape in a small plane, which Karen is going to pilot]
Hey, you sure you know how to run this thing?
Sure! My brother's a British ace.
Yeah, well, my uncle's a dogcatcher, but I can't bark.
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The opening title cards read: "Bob Hope who calls Madeleine Carroll 'My Favorite Blonde'". See more »
Madeline Carroll is British spy Karen Bentley, she has in her possession British aeroplane plans that the Nazis obviously want, so she's on the run with the baddies in hot pursuit. During one escape she hides away in a theatre and comes across Larry Haines (Bob Hope) and his performing penguin Percy, she doesn't have to work hard to get Haines smitten with her and he helps her escape. This sets us up for a mad cap cross country chase movie with quips aplenty and incredulous scenes to enjoy. Hope is on prime form and the chemistry between Carroll and himself is one of the film's chief bonus points, and in view of the back story to the film it's not hard to see why the pair were a believable duo. By all accounts Hope really had the hots for Carroll and she spent the whole shoot fighting him off since she was happily involved with Sterling Hayden at the time. It's a fun film that takes a while to get going, but once it does it doesn't disappoint on the fun front, and Bing Crosby of course turns up for one of his many cameos. 7/10
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