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Larry Haines, a mediocre vaudeville entertainer, boards a train bound for Los Angeles. Is Hollywood waiting for him with open arms? Not really as the one he signed a contract for is Percy, his roller-skating penguin partner! But, as the proverb says, the shadow of glory is better than no glory at all! Anyway, doesn't Larry meet a woman on the train? And a blonde one! And a British agent into the bargain! The delicious creature who is carrying a coded message hidden in a brooch and is being pursued by Nazi agents. She will need Larry (and Percy)'s help to elude her pursuers and to get the secret information to destination. The mission will be accomplished, although in an eventful and hilarious way...Written by
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. It initial television broadcast took place in Chicago Tuesday 3 March 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Milwaukee 9 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 19 September 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Philadelphia 9 October 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Omaha 9 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Grand Rapids 11 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 12 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), New York City 9 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), by St. Louis 26 September 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Los Angeles 19 May 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 31 December 1961 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD 5 March 2002 in tandem with Geniet van je leven (1942) as part of Universal's Bob Hope Tribute Collection & again 29 April 2014 as part of Universal's 10-Title Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection, and, since that time, has also had an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When the penguin roller skates down the ramp in the stage act, wires are visible on the skates. See more »
[Trying to get away from Karen]
Taxi! A thin taxi for one!
Larry! Larry! You have 3 hours between trains. Wouldn't you like to go past my apartment house and drop me off?
Drop you off? I sure would. How many stories is it?
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The opening title cards read: "Bob Hope who calls Madeleine Carroll 'My Favorite Blonde'". See more »
Carroll is a British secret agent on the run from German spies. She's carrying valuable information that must reach Los Angeles. She lands in New York and eludes her pursuers by dashing into Hope's dressing room while he's on stage doing a bad act with a penguin. The thin plot has Hope and Carroll traveling across country with the bad guys always on their tail. So far, just formula. But Hope is excellent here, much better than in the Road pictures. He's less self-conscious here -- no talking to the camera, no in-jokes between him and Crosby, no leering at Lamour. Woody Allen once said that his film persona was to a large extent modeled after Bob Hope's character and nowhere is this more evident than here. As you watch the movie, try to imagine Woody playing Hope's role. You can easily visualize Woody doing the lines as Woody and it's not much different from Hope (though Hope's character isn't a New York neurotic). Definitely worth watching.
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