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They Got Me Covered (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 4 March 1943 (USA)
Bumbling reporter Robert Kittredge has been fired after bungling his latest assignment. His career isn't all he's botched up: his girlfriend Chris is tired of waiting for him to marry her. ... See full summary »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Frank Fenton (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Robert Kittredge
Dorothy Lamour ... Christina Hill
Lenore Aubert ... Mrs. Vanescu
Otto Preminger ... Fauscheim
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Baldanacco (as Edward Ciannelli)
Marion Martin ... Gloria
Donald Meek ... Little Old Man
Phyllis Ruth ... Sally
Philip Ahn ... Nichimuro
Donald MacBride ... Mason
Mary Treen ... Helen
Bettye Avery Bettye Avery ... Mildred
Margaret Hayes ... Lucille
Mary Byrne ... Laura
William Yetter Sr. William Yetter Sr. ... Holtz (as William Yetter)
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Bumbling reporter Robert Kittredge has been fired after bungling his latest assignment. His career isn't all he's botched up: his girlfriend Chris is tired of waiting for him to marry her. When he gets a hot tip on some Nazi spies operating in Washington, D.C., he convinces Chris to help him break the story so he can get his job back. The pair soon find themselves in several awkward predicaments as they track the criminals down in a night club, a burlesque show, and face a final showdown at a beauty salon. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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HILARITY runs high...Bob Hope's newest picture is a riotous, fun-packed spy hunt...overflowing with action, romance, sprightly intrigue, sparkling gaiety...moving at a swift pace from one exciting uproarious scene to another...the great comedian, with whom millions have laughed, brings to the screen a merry torrent of laughter...produced in the best Samuel Goldwyn manner...expertly designed for all who enjoy bright lively entertainment. See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apunten... ¡Fuego! See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Samuel Goldwyn paid Paramount $133,500 to borrow Bob Hope for twelve weeks, during which time Hope made this film and The Princess and the Pirate (1944). See more »

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Best shorthand skills
8 May 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Inept reporter Bob Hope (Kittredge) gets fired after being the only newspaper reporter out of all the different newspapers who doesn't get a story about the Nazis attacking Russia during WW2 – his report says to ignore the rumours as it will never happen. He really is a terrible reporter. However, he has a contact John Abbott (Vanescu) ready to tip him off about a big spy ring operating in the USA which could win back his reputation. His girlfriend Dorothy Lamour (Christina) is there to help him with things and the film follows his antics as we get misunderstandings, the enemy wanting to kill him and a lot of Bob Hope, so if you find him funny, you'll enjoy the film.

Bob Hope is one of those actors that I want to find funny and I keep giving his films a chance. Unfortunately, I don't get it. I found him completely unfunny (again) in this film to the point where I was bored. The plot skips about and I had to remind myself on a couple of occasions as to what the storyline actually was as Bob Hope managed to kill the film with his unfunniness. The worst scene in the film is the thoroughly pointless drawn-out routine with Donald Meek who plays an old man who's gone bonkers. It's contrived and moronic. A similar example of unfunniness is the entire end sequence when Hope is pretending to be a dummy sitting on a bicycle. This is not humour – this is pure annoying foolishness with the emphasis on annoying.

However, set against this, I found that Dorothy Lamour played her role well and I think she should have had more screen time. Where was her song? I thought she always got a song? She didn't get one but showgirl Marion Martin (Gloria) did. This provided the best sequence of the film with a great song and an outcome that will shock. It didn't seem to belong in this lightweight comedy.

So, it's a thumbs down from me but I still want to like Bob Hope. Curious, isn't it? And this film does serve as a blueprint for shorthand technique.


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