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My Favorite Spy(1951)

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The working title of this film was Passage to Cairo. According to studio publicity material, Bob Hope's character, "Peanuts White," was first conceived as a schoolteacher who, while impersonating a recently deceased gangster, is sent to Cairo to obtain information. In the scene in which Peanuts talks on the phone with President Harry S. Truman, Truman's voice is not heard. The following actors were announced as cast members in Hollywood Reporter news items: Kit Guard, Frank Meservey, Angelina Baur, Ann Beck, Violet Cane, Joe Gray, June Earle, Isabel Cushin, Lavonne Battle, Bill Wallace, Mary Louie, Alex Ball, Walter Findon, Clive Morgan, Jack Lucas Fisher, Larry Carper, Paul Stathes, Doris Lee Cole, Ann Cornwell, Sue Curtis, Marie Deauville, Kathleen Dennis, Wanda Flippen, Sylvia Lamarr, Harry Cording, Ed Laredo, Hazel Boyne, Arthur Dulac, Anton Northpole, Theodore Rand, Patricia Page, Shirley Lew, Joanne Rio and Bernard Campbell. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed.
       According to studio publicity material, technical advisor Gysele Smith was a newspaper woman and public relations consultant for Voice of America in Tangier. A March 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Stuart Thompson was filling in for cinematographer Victor Milner, who was ill with a virus. According to a February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, the chase scene at the end of the picture was shot in Palos Verdes, CA.
       As noted in news items, the "world premiere" of the film took place in Bellaire, OH, in the living room of Anne Kuchinka. The Ohio housewife won a letter writing contest sponsored by Hope's radio show in which participants gave reasons why the premiere should be held in their home. Prior to the screening, a star-studded parade and radio broadcast were held in the town. According to a November 19, 1951 Time article, Corp. Karl K. Diegert of the Army Hospital at Camp Atterbury, IN, persuaded Hope, who was known for his USO shows, to do a second screening at the camp the day after Bellaire's.