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Monday, January 23, 2017

I'll Take Sweden (1965)

When his teenage daughter (Tuesday Weld) falls for a high school dropout (Frankie Avalon), a single father (Bob Hope) accepts a position in Sweden and takes his daughter with him in the hopes she'll forget the boy. But the sexually free atmosphere of Sweden makes him realize his daughter's in more danger than she ever was in the States. After a strong run of movie comedies in the 40s and 50s; in the 1960s, Bob Hope found himself struggling to remain relevant. This anemic comedy flirts with pre-marital sex and those sex hungry Swedes but in the end, it opts for the wholesome American moral values. No one had better comic timing than Hope but even he can't turn the weak quips into anything resembling wit. In the kind of part that even Sandra Dee had outgrown, Weld is wasted and Avalon just does another riff on his BEACH PARTY roles. "Sweden" looks suspiciously like Southern California so we don't even get the benefit of on location Swedish landscapes. For Hope completists only. Directed by Frederick De Cordova. With Dina Merrill, Jeremy Slate, Rosemarie Franland, Eleanor Audley and John Qualen.

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