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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peanuts White / Eric Augustine
... Lily Dalbray
... Karl Brubaker
... Tasso
... Henderson
Luis Van Rooten ... Rudolf Hoenig
Stephen Chase ... Donald Bailey
... Gen. Frazer
... Gypsy Fortune Teller
... Lola
... Newton
... Monkara
... Ben Ali
Tonio Selwart ... Harry Crock
Ralph Smiley ... El Sarif
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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>

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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: When I look into a girl's eyes, I can tell just what she thinks of me. It's pretty discouraging, too.
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Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: My Favorite Prisoner (1969) See more »

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I WIND UP - TAKING A FALL
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Bob Hope
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not quite a "Road to " movie, but almost
28 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

In this remake of the 1942 film of the same name, Bob Hope is Peanuts White, a hack Vaudevillian looks just like the thug Eric Augustine, who is wanted by the police. They ask White to help them by impersonating the crook to fool a gang of spies into turning over the microfilm. The nightclub scene is kind of fun, as he tries to pass for the crook with Lily (Hedy Lamarr) and Augustine's friends and enemies. Arnold Moss is Tasso, a non-singing Bing Crosby- type straight-gag-guy who doesn't take any jabs at Hope. Tasso one of the good guys, trying to keep White out of trouble in Tangiers. Not a lot for Lily (Hedy ) to do in this film...she's kind of along for the ride. Lamarr only made a few more films after this. It would have been interesting to have the actual locations listed; appears to be mostly the backlot and PCH. Like most of the "Road" movies, this one goes all over the map, in the casino, riding on a firetruck, thru the bazaar. Not the funniest Bob Hope movie caper, although it DOES have its laughs. Not bad.


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