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Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
While on his way to Tangier to purchase a microfilm containing important war secrets, foreign spy Eric Augustine (Bob Hope) is wounded and captured by the authorities. Burlesque comedian Peanuts White (Also, Bob Hope); a dead ringer for Augustine is recruited by the government to take over Augustine’s mission. He’s briefed in the role of the suave and romantic Augustine, dressed to look exactly like him and is thrust into the world of espionage and international intrigue. In Tangiers, he meets Lily Dalbray (Hedy Lamarr), Augustine’s sweetheart, a beautiful spy working with Karl Brubaker (Francis L. Sullivan) mastermind of the spy ring. All of Bob Hope’s “My Favorite” films (My Favorite Blonde, My Favorite Brunette, My Favorite Spy) were parodies of classic genre films. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod (Topper, Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
In the comedy My Favorite Spy (1951), Bob Hope plays a
dual role as a third-rate comic named Peanuts and an international spy named
Eric Augustine. When federal agents discover Peanuts' resemblance to Augustine,
they convince him to go to Europe and pose as the spy in order to retrieve some
valuable microfilm. Hedy Lamarr co-stars as Augustine's girlfriend, and comic
Theatrical Release: December 17th, 1951
DVD Review: Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 7.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
Olive Films Opus is releasing more Paramount films from the past - My Favorite Spy will come out on the same date as Where Love Has Gone, Once Is Not Enough, Knock on Wood and Harlow. The format is continuing being dual-layered, progressive and bare-bones.
This looks excellent - solid contrast and good detail with only some minor speckles as a negative. Quality is consistent with no damage at all - source must have been in terrific shape and it gives an impressive and extremely watchable video presentation.
The unremarkable audio is flat mono but everything is consistent and dialogue very clear. Once again there are no extras or any subtitles.
I think the most appealing value of these Olive Film DVD releases is to watch and own movies that haven't been out before on disc. I may have seen My Favorite Spy at some point in my life - but don't recall. I do feel like it is one of the better entries in the extensive `Hope` comedy cycle. He's right at the top of his game here and couldn't have asked for a better co-star than Hedy Lamarr. While it may fall short of pure classic - his misadventures here are desperately fun.