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The Great Lover (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 November 1949 (USA)
On an ocean liner, an inept scoutmaster pursues a duchess while a killer pursues him.


Alexander Hall




Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Freddie Hunter
Rhonda Fleming ... Duchess Alexandria
Roland Young ... C.J. Dabney
Roland Culver ... Grand Duke Maximillian
Richard Lyon ... Stanley Wilson
Gary Gray ... Tommy O'Connor
Jerry Hunter Jerry Hunter ... Herbie
Jackie Jackson Jackie Jackson ... Joe
Wright Esser Wright Esser ... Steve (as Karl Wright Esser)
Orley Lindgren ... Bill
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ... Humphrey
George Reeves ... Williams
Jim Backus ... Higgins
Sig Arno ... Attendant


The French Surete and private eye Higgins are after a killer who uses innocent young Americans in a crooked gambling racket, and who sets sail on an ocean liner that also carries inept scoutmaster Freddie Hunter and his troop of boys. Freddie, who's been a "boy scout" too long, has designs on gorgeous Duchess Alexandria. The boys, far better organized than Freddie, are determined to save him from himself. But who will save Freddie from being the killer's next victim? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1951 with Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming reprising their film roles. See more »


Freddie Hunter: Where do you think I'm from, Kokomo? I'm from North Zanesville, brother! The *big* town!
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Referenced in Dinah!: Bob Hope: The Road to Hollywood (1977) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming
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Not That Great
30 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

A middling Bob Hope movie that provides only occasional laffs, the poorly titled "The Great Lover" (1949) proved something of a disappointment for me, especially in light of the infinitely superior Hope picture "The Ghost Breakers" (1940) that I'd just seen a few days earlier. In "The Great Lover," Hope plays a scoutmaster from N. Zanesville, Ohio who is chaperoning his small troop of obnoxiously upright brats on a trans-Atlantic boat voyage whilst getting involved with destitute duchess Rhonda Fleming and becoming the pawn of cardsharp/psycho strangler Roland Young. Patently unrealistic antics ensue, some of them mildly entertaining, but not enough for consistent amusement. Still, the picture DOES have enough going for it to warrant a mild recommendation. Rhonda Fleming, 26 here and extremely beautiful, makes a nice foil for Hope, though it's a pity her gorgeous red hair can't be appreciated in this B&W film. She and Skislopenose perform a cute musical number, too. Also fun are some cameos and bit parts by that ol' skinflint Jack Benny (uncredited), as well as George "Superman" Reeves and Jim "Mr. Magoo" Backus. It's also interesting to see the usually mild-mannered Roland "Topper" Young playing against type as the crazy villain. Unfortunately, the "good folks" at Brentwood Communications have done it again, offering another lousy-looking/sounding DVD from a crappy 16mm print source, and with no extras to speak of. All in all, while fun enough, "The Great Lover" wasn't that, um, great.

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Release Date:

23 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran tenorio See more »

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Hope Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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