My Favorite Spy Overview:

My Favorite Spy (1951) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and produced by Paul Jones.


This Hope vehicle stars the comedian as both international spy Eric Augustine and Peanuts White, a bumbling comic, in a parody of murky spy tales. When Augustine is kidnapped, the government sends look-alike White overseas in his place to pick up a valuable strip of microfilm. White meets his contact but finds himself in danger from a criminal ring seeking the microfilm. He romances the spy's girl, Lily (Lamarr), but when she turns out to be part of the ring, only the comic's charm can save him.

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Peanuts White: It's nights like these that drive men like me to women like you for nights like this.

Peanuts White: I ain't got no friends in Washington; I voted Republican.

Peanuts White: That dress does things for you. Doesn't do me any harm either.

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The "world premiere" of My Favorite Spy took place in Bellaire, OH, in the living room of Anne Kuchinka, an Ohio housewife who won a letter-writing contest sponsored by Hope's radio show in which participants gave reasons why the premiere should be held in their home.
"Although one of the principals in "My Favorite Spy" attempts to devastate Bob Hope's stock in trade by facetiously inquiring, "have you ever seen him act?", Paramount's energetic buffoon is in no danger of losing his license. For this latest escapade, now at the Globe, is designed for that comic's talents and any serious histrionics which crop up are purely coincidental. Mr. Hope and company are merely tossing the quips around with great abandon and also indulging in some of the corniest slapstick extant so that the story about a burlesque comedian, who is sent to Tangier to double for a dangerous international spy, is likely to be lost in the frantic goings-on. It doesn't matter much."

-- New York Times Review for My Favorite Spy, Published: December 26, 1951
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