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 »
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Played on an accordian in the picnic bus and sung by the passengers See more »
Hope Springs Eternal
This early wartime Bob Hope comedy is one of his best, and is from a time in the comedian's career when his movies hadn't become routine, and when his was a bit less buffoonish and incompetent than in his later efforts. Aided by the lovely Madeline Carroll, Bob is up to his neck in Nazi spies in this satire of Hitchcock-type thrillers, and the "straight" scenes are menacing enough to give the story real bite. The supporting cast is lively and eclectic, and includes George Zucco and Dooley Wilson. Gale Sondergaard is on hand, and as was so often the case in the forties she seems to be doing a send-up of Judith Anderson's malevolent Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca. She does it very well, but one wonders why this beautiful woman was never cast as a female lead. My Favorite Blonde is fast-paced and has some good lines from Hope regulars Frank Butler and Don Hartman. Watching this movie always makes me wonder why Hope's later films, which also tend to be spoofs, are so sloppy, since he is so much funnier and more effective in early vehicles like this one, which are played at least half-straight, and far better for it.
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