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      Eight on the Lam

      1967 1 hr. 47 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 70% 50+ Ratings Audience Score A widower with seven children, Henry Dimsdale (Bob Hope) is employed as a bank teller. After finding $10,000 on the street, Henry takes the money home, but quickly finds out that the cash came from his workplace. Soon Henry is on the run with his kids, while their baby sitter, Golda (Phyllis Diller), tries to throw her none-too-bright police officer boyfriend, Jasper Lynch (Jonathan Winters), off their trail. Amid the antics, Henry falls for pretty schoolteacher Ellie Barton (Shirley Eaton). Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member One of Bob Hope's terrible later career films. He plays a single dad who finds a $10,000 and coincidentally gets accused of embezzling money from his bank clerk job. Bob then decides the best course of action, based on advice from his kids nanny, Phyllis Diller, is to take his brood of children on the run and to clear his name. Bob dons lots of disguised and personas and not much of it is funny. What made his old films funny was never the stories, but were Bob's quick one liners, that were almost always more for the audience than the other characters. Bob still does some one liners, but there' snot that funny and they are nowhere as rapid fire as they were in his better films. Also, there's an annoying amount of saccharine sweet sentimentality in the film. Jonathan Winters is sadly part of this mess, as are Bond girls Shirley Eaton (who we're somehow supposed to believe is Bob's girlfriend) and Jill St. John. Not quite unwatchable, but pretty close. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastic Funny Movie .....=) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A wacky and hilarious movie with a group of funny 60s stars. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member If anyone can sum this film up in a couple of sentences they deserve some kind of reward. Scatter-shot plot to say the least. However, with the talents on an off screen making a farce where plot takes a back-seat to gags, it works. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Bob Hope has given the screen some of its most amusing moments, but Eight on the Lam, unfortunately, contains none of them. Rated: 2/4 Jan 18, 2019 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press With family comedies so few and far between, it's a pity this one couldn't have been better. Jan 18, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A widower with seven children, Henry Dimsdale (Bob Hope) is employed as a bank teller. After finding $10,000 on the street, Henry takes the money home, but quickly finds out that the cash came from his workplace. Soon Henry is on the run with his kids, while their baby sitter, Golda (Phyllis Diller), tries to throw her none-too-bright police officer boyfriend, Jasper Lynch (Jonathan Winters), off their trail. Amid the antics, Henry falls for pretty schoolteacher Ellie Barton (Shirley Eaton).
      Director
      George Marshall
      Screenwriter
      Bob Fisher, Albert E. Lewin, Arthur Marx, Burt Styler
      Production Co
      United Artists
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 30, 2017
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