The New Pictures, Sep. 2, 1946

Monsieur Beaucoire (Paramount), the late Booth Tarkington's graceful romance about a Louis XV nobleman who disguised himself as a barber, was once (1924) a vehicle for Rudolph Valentino. Times (not to mention plots) change: today it is a scooter for Bob Hope. Mr. Hope, fortunately, plays the masquerading role his own way.

The result ranges from ho-hum when Royalty seeks laughs by bellowing "Shut up," to ha-ha when Hope tries on the mannerisms of a grand seigneur. Hope is a barber forced, for reasons too tortuous to relate, to impersonate the first swordsman and...

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