Cinema: Second Banana Oil

Eight on the Lam offers Bob Hope the ultimate insult: it assumes that he needs comic relief. As a meekling bank teller, Bob finds himself unjustly accused of rifling the tills and takes to the hills with his seven momless moppets and their inevitable mongrel. A fair enough premise for a one-man vehicle, but Hope is almost lost in a cast of characters that includes a slopstick baby sitter (Phyllis Diller) and her detective boy friend (Jonathan Winters), mouthing a script that contains relentless japes about little boys' bladders and big girls' figures....

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