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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 »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

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

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Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passage to Cairo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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When the instructor throws Peanuts White over his shoulder in the agency office you can clearly see it's a stuntman with completely different hair, not Bob Hope. See more »

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Peanuts White: That dress does things for you. Doesn't do me any harm either.
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Where is Dorothy Lamour when you need her?...
24 April 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

HEDY LAMARR may have been one of BOB HOPE's most glamorous co-stars, but she lacks the sort of comic timing needed for any female who plays opposite the hyper-active Hope. She never loses her poise no matter how ridiculous the situations are, but she never looks at home in this kind of spy story that even has her doing a nightclub act--singing the kind of sultry song that Dorothy Lamour could always put over. It's in the nightclub scene that she looks most uncomfortable as a performer, obviously dubbed by a real singer.

The story itself is the kind of mistaken identity thing that either Hope or Danny Kaye had done many times before and there's nothing new in the way of original material. It's a pleasant enough spoof of spy stories about a cowardly impostor (Hope) assigned by the government to obtain a top secret microfilm from spies in Tangier. Hope is his usual cowardly self and has to be prodded by the contact man (ARNOLD MOSS) to carry out the assignment, which he is more than willing to do once he meets the alluring Lamarr.

This was part of Hedy's deal with Paramount to give them another film after SAMSON AND DELILAH--and there's even a bit of Victor Young's "Samson and Delilah" theme played by the orchestra in the nightclub scene. Hope, who has all the best lines, plays the impostor with his usual comic finesse and gets away with varying amounts of mugging whenever the script isn't funny enough. Hedy tries valiantly to keep up with him, but she's just a little too restrained to make her efforts seem casual and effortless--as they should.

The screwball slapstick for the finale keeps things rushing along toward the predictable conclusion, but it's the sort of average entertainment that pleased Hope's fans who enjoyed his comic energy in this sort of espionage romp from time to time.


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