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My Favorite Spy (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 12 June 1942 (USA)
Kay Kyser is late to his wedding. He is taking a short cut through Central Park when he finds out that he is in the army and is due to check in that afternoon. It turns out that the army ... See full summary »

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (story), Sig Herzig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kyser ... Kay Kyser
Ellen Drew ... Teresa 'Terry' Kyser
Jane Wyman ... Connie
Robert Armstrong ... Harry Robinson
Helen Westley ... Aunt Jessie
William Demarest ... Flower Pot Policeman
Una O'Connor ... Cora
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Winters
Moroni Olsen ... Major Allen
George Cleveland ... Gus
Vaughan Glaser Vaughan Glaser ... Colonel Moffett (as Vaughn Glaser)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jules
Chester Clute ... Higgenbotham
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Complaining Soldier
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser's Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
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Storyline

Kay Kyser is late to his wedding. He is taking a short cut through Central Park when he finds out that he is in the army and is due to check in that afternoon. It turns out that the army wants him as an undercover agent because a spy is working out of The Orchid Room. Problems ensue between the agent who helps him,Jane Wyman, and his new wife. Also great comedy scenes in places he is supposed to meet his agent friends.

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You'll tingle when they tangle in Tangiers.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi espía favorita See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The War Department Motion Picture Board of Review initially rejected the film for release because the story misrepresented the Army Intelligence Division as engaging in espionage. After studio revisions, the film was still refused approval because the Army said that Kay Kyser's character would never be called into the Intelligence Service without qualifications and training. Producer Harold Lloyd suggested that Kyser get the orders from a mixup of names, but that revision was still rejected because the Army did not want a commissioned officer to be made to be the object of ridicule. A further revision having Kyser decommissioned and entering the Intelligence Service as a civilian was finally approved by the War Department. Additional scenes were filmed in late February 1942 to make the changes in the film. See more »

Quotes

[Kay finds his girlfriend bound and gagged in a closet]
Connie: Do you want to ruin everything?
Kay Kyser: But she'll smother in there! There's not enough air.
[Connie opens and closes the door several times]
Connie: That ought to hold her.
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Soundtracks

Just Plain Lonesome
(1942)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Harry Babbitt
Played as background music often
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Kay Kyser as Harold Lloyd
21 July 2003 | by lzf0See all my reviews

Whoever said that band leader Kay Kyser was a comedian? This Harold Lloyd produced opus proves that there is nothing funny about him. He looks a little like Harold Lloyd, but that's about it. This RKO comedy is well planned and has a funny premise. Lloyd provided for many belly laugh opportunities. The problem is that Kyser cannot deliver a punch line and is totally inept at physical comedy. William Demarest has a funny bit as a policeman doing battle with Kyser, but most of the humor is crushed by Kyser. Tay Garnett was not the best choice for director; he lets a number of slapstick possibilities escape. He makes the same mistakes in his later "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". The film would have worked if Lloyd has taken the lead himself, with a director like George Stevens handling the camera. What a pity!


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