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01″ height=”462″ />In my opinion one of the more prolific comedic figures to come out of the advent of the moving pictures screen is Bob Hope (Boy Did I Get A Wrong Number). Oh don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of comedic talent to have come out of the past, including Jackie Gleeson (The Honeymooners), Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein) etc… Heck there is a lot of great talent today to! including Mike Myers (Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery), Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck), Seth Rogan (Knocked Up) etc…
The reason that I say this is because if you really look at the career this man has had and you look at some of the movies that have been done during his life and career, and beyond you can see those that adapt parts of the comedic brilliance that made Bob Hope so great in to their own act!
And all of this is just part of the reason why I am glad I was able to watch, Eight On The Lam (1967):
Written by: Bob Fisher (The Impossible Years), Albert E. Lewin (The Wicked Dreams Of Paula Schultz), Arthur Marx (Family Affair), Burt Styler (It’s About Time) and Directed by: George Marshall (Tarzan). Starring: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller (Mad Monster Party), Jonathan Winters (The Early Bird), and Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger).
Henry Dimsdale (Hope) for the most part is a very average man, he works as a bank teller at a bank in Altadena California, he’s a widower, with 7 children though, but he loves each one of them to pieces, and would fight to protect his family unit, and even the maid that he has come in to help during the day while he is at work.
Now Henry is so honest that one day when he finds a money clip with $10,000 dollars in it, not only does he not spend it, but he actually saves it and monitors the want ads in all of the local papers to try and see if some one places an ad for the missing money!
Of course after waiting about two weeks, and after a whole heap of pressure from his kids, his girl, and his friends at work, Henry decides to break with waiting and decides to start spending some of the money on some luxury items for his kids (toys and new suits and dresses for the boys and the girls), a ring for his soon to be fiancee Ellie (Eaton), as well as a new car for the rest of the family (Henry is trying to fit 7 kids, himself and a Dog in to an old VW Bug!)
Now little does Henry know, but a plot against him is currently in the process of occurring, with it looking like Henry being framed for taking $50 thousand from the Bank where he works…
With little time Henry, along with his faithful maid Golda’s (Diller) help, Henry ends up taking his 7 kids (and one dog) on the lam till he can figure out who framed him… The only problem is, is that the bumbling Detective that is sent to follow him is actually Golda’s boyfriend!
Now what I like about this movie, and what I think makes this an awesome b movie is a couple of things:
1. I think this movie is hilarious! I mean Bob Hope plays his role as the framed family man very nicely (and I especially like the scene where he is horse back riding!) Phyllis Diller… For as long as I have been alive, this woman has always been old! But man can she act!
2. I also thought that it was interesting how they got 2 Bond girls in this movie, with Shirley Eaton who played Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964), and Jill St. John who played Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)!
With all of this in mind folks, if your looking for a fun, hilarious good time, then I would recommend checking out this one! It is a pretty awesome movie!
With out a trailer available, I thought that you guys might enjoy this 1983 TV special where Jill St. John and Bob Hope talk about Eight On A Lam!