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They Got Me Covered (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 4 March 1943 (USA)
Fired by his editor for incompetence, idiotic reporter Robert Kittredge sees a chance at redeeming himself when he accidentally uncovers a network of Nazi spies in Washington, D.C.

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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THEIR BEST YET...No Foolin'! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Washington Angle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early Hollywood Reporter items state that Byron Foulger would play the part of Norman Mason and that Sam Hayes was cast as a radio announcer, but neither appears in the final film. See more »

Goofs

In her changing room, Gloria ties the string of pompoms ("snow balls") to her left shoulder and the pompom liner going down the dress is on the right side. As she walks out on stage it's clear that the first part of the performance has been reversed as the both decoration and the pompoms lining the dress downward has swapped sides. During the rest of the performance, they're back to their intended sides. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Roy Turk and Bing Crosby
Sung by Bing Crosby
when Bob Hope opens the music box
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Action and chase scenes save a weak comedy
16 October 2015 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

The best parts of "They Got Me Covered" are its action and chase scenes. As a comedy, this is not one of Bob Hope's best films. After a while, his stand-up comedian persona becomes irritating and doesn't seem to fit with the film or the humor. This is most evident in his aside comments to himself, usually. Nor are they very funny. The funniest scene of the entire film is that with Donald Meek who plays the little old man (the crazy one). Meek is one of the long- lasting Hollywood supporting actors whom old film buffs will recognize and enjoy. He is a real hoot in this comic scene. And that's when Hope's glance askance as though looking at the audience really works.

The story is OK, but bounces around a lot. Most of the performers are good. And the technical aspects are fine. But as a comedy, this just doesn't have enough gas or gags to make it anything better than an average film.


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