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My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 October 1942 (Mexico)
Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

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Madame Stephanie Runick
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Dr. Hugo Streger
Lionel Royce ...
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Dr. Wallace Faber
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Miller
Otto Reichow ...
Lanz
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Topley
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Charles Cane ...
Turk O'Flaherty
Crane Whitley ...
Ulrich - Henchman
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Milton Parsons ...
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Larry Haines, a mediocre vaudeville entertainer, boards a train bound for Los Angeles. Is Hollywood waiting for him with open arms? Not really as the one he signed a contract for is Percy, his roller-skating penguin partner! But, as the proverb says, the shadow of glory is better than no glory at all! Anyway, doesn't Larry meet a woman on the train? And a blonde one! And a British agent into the bargain! The delicious creature who is carrying a coded message hidden in a brooch and is being pursued by Nazi agents. She will need Larry (and Percy)'s help to elude her pursuers and to get the secret information to destination. The mission will be accomplished, although in an eventful and hilarious way... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. It initial television broadcast took place in Chicago Tuesday 3 March 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia 9 October 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by New York City 9 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), by St. Louis 26 September 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), by Los Angeles 19 May 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 31 December 1961 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD 5 March 2002 in tandem with Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) as part of Universal's Bob Hope Tribute Collection & again 29 April 2014 as part of Universal's 10-Title Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection, and, since that time, has also had an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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When Hope and Carroll discover that Carroll's "contact" is actually an enemy spy, they grab the scarab with the secret message and successfully escape. But before Hope and Carroll grabbed the scarab, the phony "contact" was just about to use a code book to decipher the writing on the scarab. Hope and Carroll did not have the code book with them when they arrived at the airfield just as the war planes were about to leave for England. How did they decipher the message and send the planes via the correct route? See more »

Quotes

Larry Haines: [as they're attempting to escape in a small plane, which Karen is going to pilot] Hey, you sure you know how to run this thing?
Karen Bentley: Sure! My brother's a British ace.
Larry Haines: Yeah, well, my uncle's a dogcatcher, but I can't bark.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title cards read: "Bob Hope who calls Madeleine Carroll 'My Favorite Blonde'". See more »

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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Small Fry
(1938)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Played during the Haines and Percy vaudeville act
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Giving the British Some Hope
16 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

My Favorite Blonde has in the title role Madeleine Carroll a most beautiful blond player, who is a British secret agent trying to get some microfilm about air routes for American planes to go to Great Britain as part of lend lease. But just as her boat is docking in New York, some nasty Nazi spies shoot her male companion.

The microfilm is hidden in a pin that she's wearing and with the Nazis hot on her trail. she ducks into a vaudeville house which has Bob Hope and a roller skating penguin on the bill. I'm sure back in the day Hope played in vaudeville with many type acts like these. Vaudeville was moribund in those days and Hope wasn't helping to revive it.

In fact he's got to get to Hollywood because some movie company wants to star the penguin in a film. That fits in real nice with Carroll's plans and as it usually goes, the bumbling Mr. Hope is in the clutches of a beautiful who actually falls for old ski nose as he tries to help her when she levels with him.

My Favorite Blonde is a fast paced 78 minute film, one of the shortest of Hope's feature films. Carroll looks like she's enjoying spoofing a part she did in Alfred Hitchcock's 39 Steps across the pond. Of course she's the one dragooned into help.

But it's Hope's show all the way. My favorite two sequences is both trying to sleep and feed the penguin in an upper on a train and when Hope and Carroll are at an Irish picnic in Chicago. James Burke and Edward Gargan are very funny as a pair of thick headed Irish teamsters.

Though My Favorite Blonde is terribly dated with the World War II background the laughs still hold up very well.


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