After a dramatic turn in Beau James Bob Hope returned to comedy and co-starred with French comedian Fernandel in Paris Holiday. Hope plays Robert Hunter an actor traveling to Paris to purchase a screenplay only to find hi... more »mself mixed up with counterfeits. While Hunter has his eye on diplomat Ann McCall (Martha Hyer - Houseboat The Chase) a sexy spy named Zara (the luscious Anita Ekberg - Miss Sweden 1950) has her eye on the screenplay. Hope produced the film and penned the original story. The screenwriting duty went to long-time collaborator Edmund Beloin (My Favorite Brunette Road To Rio and The Lemon Drop Kid) and Dean Riesner (Dirty Harry and Play Misty For Me). Behind the camera was Gerd Oswald who directed A Kiss Before Dying (1956) and the cult film Screaming Mimi co-starring Miss Ekberg. The film also features prominent film director Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story) in a small role.System Requirements: Running Time 100 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 090096098593 Manufacturer No: 60985-9« less
I love anything with Bob Hope. Anita Ekberg is gorgeous. This is a classic.
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Very funny, but...
Carrie Elizabeth | Washington state | 09/30/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Overall, I thought "Paris Holiday" was a very funny movie. It was the first film I'd seen with Bob Hope, and i was very pleased. I could not stop laughing during that ridiculously cheesy helicopter scene!
However, one of the main reasons I got the movie was because I thought Anita Ekberg, of whom I am a big fan, was a main character. She was one of the stars to get top billing, so naturally, I thought she would be in the film quite a bit. This was not the case. Her character is important to the story line, but she is not shown much, which was a little disappointing.
Overall, the movie was very good, VERY funny, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone looking for an Anita Ekberg movie."
mell scollick | Tacoma, WA United States | 05/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ha! People are allowed their own opinion i guess. I, personally, loved Paris Holiday. My 3rd year French class watched it today, and it was perfect. There was just enough French in it to make it extreamly interresting... Plus, the really cheezy story line and special effects really made it worth while.. It's just one of those old crummy flicks that you grow to love.. the bad guys after the good guys... the good guys winning it all in the end.... only to find out that they may not really have won.. Plus all the pretty girls. It's a great movie, if you like the type!!!! :D"
An amusing later Hope comedy
Randy E. Halford | Boise, ID | 07/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After dabbling in drama--first with "The Seven Little Foys", then more deeply with "Beau James"--Bob Hope returned to familiar territory with the comedy "Paris Holiday". Hope produced & penned the original story idea about an American actor-comedian visiting Paris to purchase an important screenplay...and then soon getting involved in counterfeit espionage. The result? The film seems to plod along until about two-thirds through, when broader comedy elements are introduced. Hope's co-star Fernandel--the French comedian--is more of an "accomplice" for Hope than an actual teaming, since the story clearly revolves around Hope's character. Fernandel offers a pleasing contrast to Hope's comedic style with slightly daffy charm. Although the lovely Anita Ekberg gets second billing, her spy character seems more of a "go-between" as she's only getting close to Hope to get what she wants. It's actually the diplomat (Martha Hyer) whom Hope has eyes for--and Hyer has more screen time than Ekberg as the character caught up in Hope's entanglements. The script is peppered with some terrific Hope jokes, and some moments that are funny throwbacks to earlier Hope comedies: Hope narrowly missing being killed in an elevator; Hope, Fernandel & Hyer posing as dummies in a "tunnel of love" boat ride; Hope wrongly put in a sanitarium (remember "My Favorite Brunette"?), and trying desperately to extradite himself; Fernandel tearing apart his own car to prove to a sanitarium guard he is "wacky"; and a climactic wild helicopter ride that's a real hoot. Again, Brentwood failed to restore the original print, and although there's plenty of color, the film looks dark in places. Certainly not Hope's best comedy, but there are flashes of the old Hope formula which make it quite enjoyable."
Paris Holiday 1958
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 04/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bob Hope (1903-2003) co-starred with Famous French Comedian: Fernandel (1902-1971) in Paris holiday . Hope plays Robert Hunter , an actor traveling to Paris to purchase a screenplay , only to find himself mixed up counterfeits . While Hunter has his eye on diplomat Ann McCall (Marta Hyer 1924- ) , a sexy spy named Zara (The luscious Anita Ekberg 1931 - Miss Sweden 1950) has an eye on the screenplay . Hope produced the film penned the original story . The movie are produced on place in paris , Superb and Razor sharp transfer , so dont be afraind to buy this movie! . Higly Recommended