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Where There's Life (1947)

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Bearing traces of such earlier hits as My Favorite Blonde and The Ghost Breakers, Where There's Life is one of the best of Bob Hope's postwar vehicles. The inimitable Mr. Hope is cast as New York radio personality Michael Valentine, who's poised to marry his long-time fiancee Hazel O'Brien (Vera Marshe). But destiny takes a hand when, in the far-off kingdom of Barovia, King Hubertus II (William Edmunds) is felled by an assassin's bullet. To avoid a revolution, the King's cabinet hurriedly searches for Hubertus' sole heir -- who, according to all reliable sources, is one Michael Valentine. Gorgeous General Katrina Grimovich (Signe Hasso) is dispatched to New York to bring Valentine back to Barovia, while a group of insurrectionists, headed by Krivoc (George Coulouris) and Stertorius (George Zucco), conspire to kill Valentine before he can ever leave American soil. When Valentine is apprised of his royal lineage, he assumes that he's the victim of a practical joke perpetrated by his announcer Joe Snyder (George Zucco). Once he's convinced that it's no joke, Valentine and Katrina scurry about the streets of Manhattan, dodging potential assassins at every turn -- not to mention keeping out of the way of Hazel's muscle-bound policeman brother Victor (William Bendix), who assumes that Valentine is merely trying to weasel out of his wedding. Full of bright dialogue and hilarious gag situations, Where There's Life is vintage Bob Hope.

Cast

Bob Hope
as Michael Valentine
Signe Hasso
as Gen. Kattina Grimovitch
William Bendix
as Victor O'Brien
Vera Marshe
as Hazel O'Brien
George Zucco
as Paul Stertorius
Dennis Hoey
as Minister of War Grubitch
John Alexander
as Herbert Jones
Victor Varconi
as Finance Minister Zavich
Joseph Vitale
as Albert Miller
Harry von Zell
as Joe Snyder
Emil Rameau
as Dr. Josefsberg
William Edmunds
as King Hubertus II
Leo Mostovoy
as Minister of Interior Karakovic
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Herbert Jones
Roy Atwell
as Salesman
Harland Tucker
as Mr. Alvin
Oscar O'Shea
as Uncle Phillip
Crane Whitley
as Man with Cane
Mary Field
as Hotel Maid
Phyllis Kennedy
as Hotel Maid
Fred Zendar
as Copilot
Rene Dussaq
as Officer
Mike Macy
as Peasant
John Mallon
as Mordian
Ralph Gomez
as Mordian
Dario Piazza
as Mordian
Otto Reichow
as Mordian
Gene Roth
as Mordian
Floyd Pruitt
as O'Brien
Tom Coleman
as O'Brien
Pat Flaherty
as O'Brien
Ernö Verebes
as Peter Gornics
Anthony Caruso
as John Fulda
Dorothy Barrett
as Model in Window
Edgar Dearing
as Desk Sergeant
Edwin Chandler
as New York Policeman
Eric Alden
as Airport Attendant
Len Hendry
as Airport Attendant
Guy Kingsford
as Mordian Pilot
Lorna Jordan
as Salesgirl
Letty Light
as Salesgirl
Lucille Barkley
as Salesgirl
Brandon Hurst
as Floor Walker
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