Going Spanish

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Going Spanish
Directed byAl Christie
Produced byAl Christie
E. W. Hammons
Written byArthur L. Jarrett
William Watson
StarringBob Hope
Leah Ray
Frances Halliday
Music byJohnny Burke
Harold Spina
CinematographyGeorge Webber
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • March 2, 1934 (1934-03-02)
Running time
19 minutes
11 minutes (TCM print)
CountryUnited States

Going Spanish (1934) is an American short comedy film featuring the film debut of Bob Hope and directed by Al Christie. The short comedy co-stars Leah Ray and Jules Epailly. Released by Educational Pictures, the film premiered on March 2, 1934, and is also known as Bob's Busy Day (American recut version).[1]


While on vacation in the South America nation of Los Poachos Eggos, Bob (Bob Hope) passes through the village of Los Pochos Eggos. His car collides with that of the mayor of the village. The mayor becomes enraged and he begins tearing Bob's car to pieces. Bob retaliates and takes his car apart as well.

According to the village tradition, on one day each year, any crime is forgiven provided that the criminal sing a song afterward. Bob could have been arrested, but instead he happened to appear in town on the appropriate day. Later in the film, Bob woos Senorita (Leah Ray) and begins to make the mayor jealous. Each time an offense is committed, the mayor declares "This means war."



The film was very unsuccessful and was panned by critics. Shortly after it was released, the bank robber John Dillinger was at large. Hope told Walter Winchell that he had starred in the film and then added "When they catch Dillinger, they're going to make him sit through it twice."

After Hope made this comment, Christie and Educational terminated Hope's contract. Hope then starred in his second and third short films, Soup for Nuts (Universal Studios, 9 July 1934) and Paree, Paree (Warner Brothers, 8 September 1934).


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