6.6/10
925
18 user 17 critic

My Favorite Spy (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 25 December 1951 (USA)
Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (story), Lou Breslow (story) | 5 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Road to Bali (1952)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure, love and trouble.

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard
Road to Rio (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Junior Potter returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. "Mike" is the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Barton is the federal marshal hot on her trail.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

Director: Norman Panama
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet a beautiful dancer.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Peanuts White / Eric Augustine
Hedy Lamarr ... Lily Dalbray
Francis L. Sullivan ... Karl Brubaker
Arnold Moss ... Tasso
John Archer ... Henderson
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Rudolf Hoenig
Stephen Chase ... Donald Bailey
Morris Ankrum ... Gen. Frazer
Angela Clarke ... Gypsy Fortune Teller
Iris Adrian ... Lola
Frank Faylen ... Newton
Mike Mazurki ... Monkara
Marc Lawrence ... Ben Ali
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Harry Crock
Ralph Smiley Ralph Smiley ... El Sarif
Edit

Storyline

Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in mysterious, exotic Tangier. There, he encounters the irresistable Lily Dalbray, an "old friend" of Augustine who is now dealing with his arch-enemy, Brubaker. But where is the real Eric? Comedy thriller with slapstick climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passage to Cairo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original script, Peanuts is a schoolteacher who is caught impersonating a deceased gangster and is sent on a mission to Cairo. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of Hope's song and dance number "Taking a Fall," his stunt stand-in can be clearly seen taking the final fall. His hair is much darker, and his hairline is different. See more »

Quotes

Peanuts White: That dress does things for you. Doesn't do me any harm either.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: My Favorite Prisoner (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bob Hope in a dual role
4 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

1951's "My Favorite Spy" stars Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sulllivan and Mike Mazurki. Hope plays Peanuts White, a burlesque comedian, who bears a strong resemblance to a spy, Eric Augustine. When Augustine is injured, the government gets Peanuts to go in his place to Tangier with $1 million to collect some microfilm. Peanuts, like Hope's other characters, is a bona fide coward, but he goes after Harry Truman talks with him on the phone. ("Oh, she's out on tour?" Hope asks, referring to Truman's daughter Margaret, who at that time was pursuing a singing career.) When Peanuts arrives in Tangier, he meets the woman with whom Eric was previously involved, the beautiful nightclub singer Lily Dalbray. She's under orders from the other side to get the microfilm, so she acts as if she's ready to resume things with Eric. Unfortunately, the real Eric escapes from the hospital and makes his way to Tangier, causing the situation to become even more confusing as everyone chases everyone else.

Hope is very funny in this and does indeed create a second role in Eric Augustine, who has a much darker persona than Peanuts. There are some great laughs, my favorite scene being Hedy and Peanuts dancing in the hotel while his contact tries to get his attention. The part where Lamarr drives a fire engine while Hope hangs onto the ladder is funny as well.

Hedy Lamarr was 36 or so at the time of the filming and looks glorious, particularly in the form-fitting white sequined gown she wears during her nightclub act. It's so unfortunate that in Hollywood, once a woman turned 30, lead roles became so difficult to get. Lamarr was one of the most beautiful and glamorous women in film - at any age. She's basically straight man to Hope here and holds her own in what is a Dorothy Lamour part, right down to the nightclub act. She contributes to the foreign flavor of the film.

This isn't Hope's best film, but it's still very good with some great bits and laughs.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed