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They Got Me Covered (1943)

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Bob Hope's first starring vehicle for producer Sam Goldwyn borrows the title of Bob's 1942 autobiography They Got Me Covered and very little else. Co-scripted by Leonard Q. Ross (aka Leo Rosten), Leonard Spigelgass and Harry Kurnitz (among many others!), the film casts Hope as Robert Kittredge, the Moscow correspondent for a major American news service, who is fired when he neglects to file a report about Hitler's invasion of Russia. Hoping to get back in the good graces of his boss Norman Mason (Donald MacBride), Kittredge steals another reporter's story about a Nazi spy ring operating in New York. Though officially a comedy, the film is curiously unfunny at times, with Hope playing an unsympathetic, unappealing character who'll step on anyone -- including his long-suffering sweetheart (Dorothy Lamour) and a hysterical kidnap victim (Phyllis Povah) -- to get ahead. Otto Preminger is funnier (perhaps intentionally) as the head Nazi. A few good gags notwithstanding, They Got Me Covered is nowhere near as satisfying as Hope's second Goldwyn effort, The Princess and the Pirate.

Cast

Bob Hope
as Robert Kittredge
Dorothy Lamour
as Christina Hill
Otto Preminger
as Otto Fauscheim
Lénore Aubert
as Mrs. Margo Vanescu
Marion Martin
as Gloria, the `Glow Girl'
Donald Meek
as Little Old Man
Philip Ahn
as Nichimuro
Donald MacBride
as Norman Mason
Bettye Avery
as Mildred Smith
Maggie Hayes
as Lucille
Florence Bates
as Gypsy Woman
Walter Catlett
as Hotel Manager
John Abbott
as Gregory Vanescu
Stanley Clements
as Office boy
Don Brodie
as Joe McGirk
Arnold Stang
as Drug store boy
Hugh Prosser
as Captain
Donald Kerr
as Stage manager
Doris Day
as Beautiful girl in sheet
Lane Chandler
as Reporter
Dick Keene
as Reporter
Lou Lubin
as Bellboy
Harry C. Bradley
as Hotel Waiter
Ferike Boros
as Laughing Woman
Pat Lane
as Ballet Dancer
Jack Carr
as Comedian
Peggy Lynn
as Burlesque Actress
Lillian Castle
as Wardrobe Woman
Anne O'Neal
as Woman Patron
Hans Schumm
as Schmidt
Henry Victor
as Straeger
Byron Shores
as FBI Man
Charles Legneur
as Passenger in Plane
Richard Keene
as Reporter
Joe Devlin
as Mussolini
Kam Tong
as Hawara
Willie Fung
as Laundry Man
Greta Meyer
as Katrina
Walter Soderling
as Pop - News Office Worker
Lyle Latell
as Reporter Walsh
John Mather
as Minor Role
Stanley Price
as Otto's Waiter
Shimen Ruskin
as Minor Role
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Critic Reviews for They Got Me Covered

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

It's just too clear how hard the boys were trying.

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

It drags in some critical phases, it labors in obvious spots and the climax is too manufactured. But there are side-splitting moments in it.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Without the talent of Bob Hope this picture would be one dull thud.

October 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

A tedious romp through familiar Hope territory.

July 26, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hope is in his element, and it is impossible not to be swept along by the enthusiasm of his performance.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
Film4

Audience Reviews for They Got Me Covered

I really should have written about this movie when I saw it, I remember really liking this movie, but now the summary doesn't sound familiar. I really want to see this movie again, I love Bob Hope.

Aj V
Aj V

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