Never Say Die (1939)

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A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.

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  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)
  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)
  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)
  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)
  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)
  • Bob Hope and Martha Raye in Never Say Die (1939)

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26 January 2012 | csteidler
8
| Entire cast hilarious in wild comedy
Wealthy hypochondriac Bob Hope is visiting a European spa called Bad Gaswasser, taking the waters and hiding out from gold digging widow Gale Sondergaard. Meanwhile, Martha Raye has been dragged to the same locale by her nouveau riche Texan dad, who wants her to marry prince Alan Mowbray, who is broke and seeks a large dowry. Martha, however, has her heart set on hometown pal Andy Devine, who also shows up….

The script and the cast are very funny in this fast-paced comedy that barely slows down for a couple of really sweet moments between Hope and Raye (who are both excellent). Among the best moments are an opening sequence showing a scientist in a water processing lab mixing and testing the "natural hot mineral springs" water that Bad Gaswasser promotes; poor Sig Ruman as the hotel manager who can't quite figure out what's going on with guests Hope, Raye and Devine; and Raye, blindfolded, mistaking a friendly bear for Andy Devine ("Why, Henry, how dare you take your shirt off!").

Monty Woolley is hilarious in a bit as a doctor who mistakenly receives a dog's test results instead of Hope's and thinks he's discovered a rare case that will make him famous: "With your acidity," he exclaims, "you can digest bones!" Sondergaard is also wildly funny as the former Olympic sharpshooting champion whose husbands tend to die suddenly.

In fact, with this cast of crazies, it's fair (if odd) to say that Hope and Raye essentially play the straight roles in the picture—although both, of course, get in their share of funny moments, too.

It's extremely light and it goes by very fast. Good fun.

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