Never Say Die

1939, Movie, NR, 80 mins

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Adapted from the William H. Post play, this film never fully achieves its potential to be a little gem, even with the fine comic talents of Hope. Hope plays a multimillionaire who, through a mix-up in the lab, is told he has a month to live. He escapes marriage to the lusty Sondergaard, only to meet Raye, whose tycoon father insists she marry a certain prince. But Raye's heart belongs to lowly bus driver Devine. Since Hope believes he has only a month to live, he marries Raye, so that when he dies and leaves his money to her, she can marry Devine. The pair go on a honeymoon, accompanied by Devine. When Hope gets the news about the faulty diagnosis, he finds himself deeply in love with Raye, and she with him. The story drags throughout, with the laughs far too few. Hope is never given a chance to display any of his abilities; Raye, however, gets to sing "The Tra La La and the Oom Pah Pah." The first adaptation of Post's play was filmed as a silent movie in 1924. leave a comment

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