I'll Take Sweden

I'll Take Sweden is a 1965 comedy film directed by Frederick de Cordova, and starring Bob Hope, Frankie Avalon, and Tuesday Weld.

I'll Take Sweden
Movie poster
Directed byFrederick de Cordova
Produced byEdward Small
Written byNat Perrin
Based onstory by Nat Perrin
Bob Fisher
Arthur Marx
Music by
CinematographyDaniel L. Fapp
Edited byGrant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
June 18, 1965 (USA)
Running time
97 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million[1]


Single father Bob Holcomb (Hope), a widower, is unhappy with the guitar-playing boy Kenny (Avalon) his daughter JoJo (Weld) chooses as a husband-to-be. An executive with an oil company, Bob accepts a transfer to the firm's Stockholm branch and he takes JoJo along, hoping it will distract her.

Sweden turns out to be far more liberal sexually than the United States. Bob, having met an attractive interior designer, Karin (Dina Merrill), decides to take her away for a romantic weekend at a mountain resort.

JoJo, however, has accepted a similar offer from Erik (Jeremy Slate), who is Bob's new assistant. Originally seen as a respectable suitor, Erik turns out to be a playboy and a cad. A girl thought to be his cousin, Marti, is actually a former girlfriend.

Kenny turns up and brings Marti along to the resort, where the three couples continue to awkwardly encounter one another. Kenny finally has his fill of Erik, knocking him out with his guitar. On a voyage home, the ship's captain performs a double wedding ceremony, that turns out to be invalid, due to a navigation error. So it needs to be done again.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Bob HopeBob Holcomb
Tuesday WeldJoJo Holcomb
Frankie AvalonKenny Klinger
Dina MerrillKarin Granstedt
Jeremy SlateErik Carlson
Rosemarie FranklandMarti
John QualenOlaf

Production notes


The film was announced in April 1964 with Hope and Weld attached from the beginning.[2] Avalon's casting was announced in May 1964.[3] The casting of Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon was seen as Bob Hope getting some box office insurance to attract younger audiences.[4]

In July Frederick de Cordova was announced as director.[5]

The movie was advertised as being Hope's 50th but even he disputed that.[6]


Filming started August 1964. The parts of the movie that were supposed to be in Sweden were shot at Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead, California.[7][8]

Director Frederick De Cordova saw Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, dance the Watusi at a White House barbecue. He offered her a role in the film but she declined on the grounds she had to go to school.[9] Billie Dove visited the set and Bob Hope offered her a role too but the former star declined.[10]

Critical reception

Howard Thompson of The New York Times loathed the film: "The picture is an altogether asinine little romp... Nothing can save this tattered, old-fashioned dip."[11] Other reviews were mixed.[12]

Hope was so impressed with Avalon's work, he signed Avalon to appear on his television show.[13]

See also


  1. Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  2. Bob Hope to Star in 'T'll Take Sweden': He'll Play Tuesday's Father; 'Touch of Sun' to Move Here Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 9 Apr 1964: C8.
  3. Scheuer, P. K. (1964, May 04). Kim novak to pair with mastroianni. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/168577159
  4. "BOX-OFFICE INSURANCE: Hope Takes Sweden, Teen-agers" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 2 July 1965: D11.
  5. Bob Hope comedy The Christian Science Monitor 8 July 1964: 4.
  6. "Hope's Heard the One About the..." Alpert, Don. Los Angeles Times 20 June 1965: b7
  7. I'll Take Sweden (1965) - Trivia - IMDb
  8. I'll Take Sweden (1965) - Filming locations
  9. "Luci Offered Film Role" by Winzola McLendon. The Washington Post, Times Herald 15 Aug 1964: C11.
  10. "Former Silent Film Beauty Visits Hope Set" Los Angeles Times 3 Oct 1964: B3
  11. https://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9804EFDF103CE733A25751C1A96E9C946491D6CF
  12. "Van Dyke Amusing in Faltering Comedy: Road to Sweden Leads Hope Astray" by Philip Kopper Washington Post Staff Writer. The Washington Post, Times Herald 1 July 1965: D25
  13. "Skelton Hailed as Pied Piper of Fun: London Paper Asks Why His Show Hasn't Played Britain" Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 10 Sep 1964: C12.

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