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I'll Take Sweden

A movie directed by Frederick De Cordova

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"Maybe we had better put the car in our luggage"

  • Oct 19, 2009
Tapping into the youth culture of the mid-1960's, I'LL TAKE SWEDEN (1967) showcased Bob Hope as the harrassed father of a beautiful blonde teen, whose decision to take a business re-posting in Sweden opens an even bigger can of worms...

Bob Holcomb (Bob Hope) is severely worried about the future wellbeing of his teenage daughter JoJo (Tuesday Weld), when she announces her plans to marry unemployed "trailer-rat" Kenny Klinger (Frankie Avalon). On the spur of the moment, Bob arranges to relocate his business base to Sweden, and drags JoJo along for her own protection from randy American lads. In Sweden, the land of IKEA, teeny-tiny cars and...*gasp* even looser morals concerning sex...Bob once again faces the unthinkable when JoJo is keenly pursued by one of his young business associates, Erik (Jeremy Slate). In desperation, Bob calls Kenny over from the States...

It takes a while to gather steam, but I'LL TAKE SWEDEN is a charming romantic comedy. Dina Merrill co-stars as Karin Granstedt, Bob's new Swedish love interest, and adds a great deal of elegance and dignity to the proceedings. It would have been marvellous had the producers managed to snag someone like Ingrid Bergman for the role, but I think Ms Merrill does just fine. She also shares a delightful chemistry with Hope.

Frankie Avalon and Tuesday Weld, two of the hottest "teen idol" talents of the day, are fresh and appealing; Avalon sings the title song along with several other musical numbers that give the movie something of a "Beach Party" flavour. A fun way to spend 90 minutes.

Widescreen 1:66:1 (non-anamorphic)
soundtracks: English mono
subtitles: English, French, Spanish
extra features: trailer
Disc format: DVD-5 (single-sided single-layer)

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Bob Hope leads an all-star castincluding Frankie Avalon (Beach Party), Tuesday Weld (Bachelor Flat) and Dina Merrill (Operation Petticoat)in this deliriously funny comedy about a beleaguered dad and his ocean-hopping attempt to keep his teenage daughter from marrying! Bob Holcomb (Hope) will do anything to stop his daughter JoJo (Weld) from tying the knot withher lazy boyfriend (Avalon), even move her all the way to Sweden! But once they're "safely" out of the country, JoJo falls for a sly Swedish playboy. Content with a new love of his own (Merrill) and faced with the prospect of more heartbreak for JoJo, Bob makes secret plans for another international trip one that should make everyone happy.
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Screen Writer: Bob Fisher, Nat Perrin, Arthur Marx
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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