They Got Me Covered [DVD] [1942]

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They Got Me Covered
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Hope
    Bob Hope - Robert Kittredge
  • Dorothy Lamour
    Dorothy Lamour - Christina Hill
  • Lenore Aubert
    Lenore Aubert - Mrs. Margo Vanescu
  • Otto Preminger
    Otto Preminger - Otto Fauscheim
  • Eduardo Ciannelli
    Eduardo Ciannelli - Baldanacco
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