Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap?
Bob Hope ... Ronnie Jackson
Dorothy Lamour ... Baroness Carlotta Montay
Peter Lorre ... Kismet
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Willie (as Lon Chaney)
John Hoyt ... Dr. Lundau
Charles Dingle ... Major Simon Montague
Reginald Denny ... James Collins
Frank Puglia ... Baron Stefan Montay / Nicholas
Ann Doran ... Miss Rogers
Willard Robertson ... Prison Warden
Jack La Rue ... Tony
Charles Arnt ... Oliver J. Crawford
Director: Elliott Nugent
Runtime: 87 min
Color: Black and White
Bob Hope is very funny in this enjoyable light comedy. The plot is deliberately crazy and implausible, but creative, and it sets up some funny situations. The rest of the cast is good too, and it all works very well as light entertainment.
Hope plays a photographer who longs to be a detective, and then gets his chance, only to find out that it's a lot more than he can handle. It's a fine role for Hope, and the script also gives him a lot of good material to work with. Dorothy Lamour is suitably mysterious as the woman who involves him in a complicated situation. Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. add atmosphere and humor as two of Hope's adversaries.
Anyone who likes Hope should enjoy seeing him in "My Favorite Brunette", and it is also recommended for anyone who likes light comedies of the era.