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Never Say Die (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 April 1939 (USA)
A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.


Elliott Nugent


Don Hartman (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Martha Raye ... Mickey Hawkins
Bob Hope ... John Kidley
Andy Devine ... Henry Munch
Alan Mowbray ... Prince Smirnov
Gale Sondergaard ... Juno Marko
Sig Ruman ... Poppa Ingleborg (as Sig Rumann)
Ernest Cossart ... Jeepers
Paul Harvey ... Jasper Hawkins
Frances Arms ... Momma Ingleborg
Ivan F. Simpson ... Kretsky (as Ivan Simpson)
Monty Woolley ... Dr. Schmidt
Foy Van Dolsen Foy Van Dolsen ... Kretsky's Bodyguard
Christian Rub ... The Mayor


Bob Hope is being stalked by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times over. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her father is determined that she marry into royalty. To solve both their problems, Martha Raye and Bob Hope decide to marry, but will they ever find love together? Written by laird-3

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Louisiana Purchase (1941) as part of the Bob Hope Tribute Collection. See more »


John Kidley: Poor Pierre? What happened to him?
Juno Marko: He fell off the Matterhorn.
John Kidley: Oh, that's too... That's a mountain!
Juno Marko: Thirteen thousand, six hundred and sixty-nine feet. He was never found.
John Kidley: Did they look? Were you there, Mrs. Marko?
Juno Marko: I saw it all. It was horrible. And when it happened, I... I wasn't a foot behind him.
John Kidley: Think of that. I'll bet you could've reached right out and touched him, eh, Mrs. Marko?
Juno Marko: Easily.
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Why Didn't Preston Sturges work again with Bob Hope?
3 January 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Bob Hope at the point in time that Never Say Die was released was not the big name star he became, but he was definitely getting there. Please note that Martha Raye is billed above him in the credits.

Preston Sturges, year away from getting his first film as a director as well as writer, wrote a pretty funny and witty script, not an easy thing to accomplish both.

Bob Hope temporarily escapes the clutches of a predatory widow played by Gale Sondergaard who has him picked out to be her latest rich husband who have a knack of dying. In fact it's a mixed up diagnosis with a dog that makes Hope think he is dying.

Enter Martha Raye who's a nouveau riche daughter of a nouveau riche Paul Harvey who's a new Texas millionaire. He wants her to marry Alan Mowbray who's one no-account count. His daughter with a title will get him into society. She wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine back in Texas.

When Hope and Raye meet up they decide to marry each other and solve all their problems. I can't mention the rest but take it on faith that the players here perform to the stereotypes we have of them.

Even with Hope and Raye in the cast, my favorite moment is with Gale Sondergaard trying to vamp Andy Devine. Among other things Gale is the Olympic pistol target shooting champion. Poor Andy doesn't have a prayer in every sense of the word.

In two years, both Preston Sturges and Bob Hope were at the top of the Paramount pecking order. It begs the question why they never worked together at that period. Was it that they couldn't find a mutually agreeable project or was it a question of a couple of egos clashing. Hope and Sturges did in fact work together, but it was Hope's film Paris Holiday where Sturges had a brief acting role. Sturges was living in Paris at the time and living what could be described as genteel poverty. Anyway I think it's a real loss that Never Say Die and Paris Holiday are their only joint credits.

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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