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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Princess And The Pirate (1944)

At one time, Bob Hope really was the funniest man in movies and this hilarious romp is a perfect example of Hope at his best. In this one, Hope is a hapless entertainer who, along with a Princess (Virginia Mayo), escape the clutches of a notorious pirate known as The Hook (Victor McLaglen) only to find themselves in deeper trouble on dry land. Hope’s wit and expert comedic timing were never sharper and the peaches and cream Mayo was made for Technicolor. Walter Brennan is hilarious as a cackling toothless tattoo artist (and recipient of the film’s funniest line). With Walter Slezak, Hugo Haas and Marc Lawrence.

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