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.