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.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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RKO Radio Pictures


Bob Hope
as Robert Kittredge
Dorothy Lamour
as Christina Hill
Otto Preminger
as Otto Fauscheim
Lénore Aubert
as Mrs. Margo Vanescu
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Baldanacco
Marion Martin
as Gloria, the `Glow Girl'
Donald Meek
as Little Old Man
Philip Ahn
as Nichimuro
Donald MacBride
as Norman Mason
Mary Treen
as Helen
Bettye Avery
as Mildred Smith
Maggie Hayes
as Lucille
Margaret Hayes
as Lucille
Mary Byrne
as Laura
Florence Bates
as Gypsy Woman
Walter Catlett
as Hotel Manager
John Abbott
as Gregory Vanescu
Nino Pipitone
as Testori
Stanley Clements
as Office boy
Don Brodie
as Joe McGirk
Arnold Stang
as Drug store boy
Etta McDaniel
as Georgia
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
George Sherwood
as Reporter
Byron Shores
as FBI Man
Charles Legneur
as Passenger in Plane
Joe Devlin
as Mussolini
Richard Keene
as Reporter
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
Rudolph Anders
as Gerhardt
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide

A tedious romp through familiar Hope territory.

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

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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

Super Reviewer


Hilarious - especially the verbal banter and comments. Bob Hope is always fun and this is no exception. Short, sweet and well worth the time.

Tim Meyers
Tim Meyers

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