Review: ‘The Great Lover’

Bob Hope's name toplining Lover tips that there'll be little of the Valentino about its amours. Its venture into comedic, never-never doings is well suited to Hope's brash antics. It never bursts into belly-laughs, but keeps satisfied chuckles continuously flowing for a fast 80 minutes.

Bob Hope’s name toplining Lover tips that there’ll be little of the Valentino about its amours. Its venture into comedic, never-never doings is well suited to Hope’s brash antics. It never bursts into belly-laughs, but keeps satisfied chuckles continuously flowing for a fast 80 minutes.

Script has Hope in charge of group of male adolescents on a European tour. That starts the laughs. Plot then mixes in a gambler who murders his victims, a gorgeous duchess and her card-playing father, places these ingredients aboard ship sailing for the US and then lets nature, and Hope, carry on.

Hope prances through his footage in fine style, first as an unwilling leader of kiddies whose code is to save man from tobacco, drink and women. That complicates his romance with Rhonda Fleming.

The Great Lover

Production

Paramount. Director Alexander Hall; Producer Edmund Beloin; Screenplay Edmund Beloin, Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose; Camera Charles B. Lang Jr; Editor Ellsworth Hoagland; Music Joseph J. Lilley

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Bob Hope Rhonda Fleming Roland Young Roland Culver
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