Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1943. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Story by Leo Rosten, Leonard Spigelgass, Screenplay by Harry Kurnitz, additional dialogue by Frank Fenton, Lynn Root. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Music by Harold Arlen, Leigh Harline. Production Design by Perry Ferguson. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.
Bob Hope plays the most inept journalist in the world, a field reporter who is put in the way of major world events but is somehow always distracted from actually writing about them. His reputation is based on having won a Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote from information given by a secret informant. That informant now comes forward again to spill the beans on a secret society of Nazis congregating among them in Washington, DC, but the guy gets killed before Hope can find out too much. Now having just been fired from the newspaper, the plucky star teams up with his luscious girlfriend (adorable Dorothy Lamour) and they go on the hunt for clues and nearly get themselves bumped off in the process. Of course, it’s a Bob Hope movie so the danger is nestled in a ton of silly jokes that are often quite amusing. The plot is pure silliness but it’s fun to indulge in.