Where There's Life (1947)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

As with so many Bob Hope films, a viewer's reaction to Where There's Life will likely depend upon his/her fondness for the star. Certainly there's little new here in terms of the script. Once again, Hope is placed into a situation rife with misunderstandings and supposed danger, creating a fish-out-of-water scenario that plays up the comedian's likable coward persona. Some of the gags are good on their own, some depend upon Hope's timing and delivery, and some fall flat despite the star's best efforts -- but most are good enough for a chuckle at least, and some provoke guffaws from all but the most ardent Hope-naysayers. Director Sidney Lanfield directs with the knowledge that his star is the show, and plays up the comedian's assets. He keeps the plot jumping, makes sure the jokes have a chance to land and never lets the pace lag. Hope is supported by the ever-dependable William Bendix, playing the kind of not-so-bright character at which he excelled. Bendix's natural stubbornness is also valuable in keeping certain aspects of the plot on track. Signe Hasso is appropriately easy on the eyes, if no great shakes as an actress.