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My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  30 October 1942 (Mexico)
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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
George Zucco ...
Dr. Hugo Streger
Lionel Royce ...
Karl
Walter Kingsford ...
Dr. Wallace Faber
Victor Varconi ...
Miller
Otto Reichow ...
Lanz
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Topley
Edward Gargan ...
Mulrooney
James Burke ...
Union Secretary
Charles Cane ...
Turk O'Flaherty
Crane Whitley ...
Ulrich - Henchman
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Porter
Milton Parsons ...
Mortician
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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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30 October 1942 (Mexico)  »

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Mi rubia favorita  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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. See more »

Goofs

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

Karen Bentley: [surreptitiously] There's no time to lose. Do you know what it feels like to be followed, hounded and watched every second?
Larry Haines: Well I used to, but now I pay cash for everything.
Karen Bentley: Look at me.
Larry Haines: I'm looking.
Karen Bentley: You've got to trust me.
Larry Haines: I'm not through looking yet.
Karen Bentley: You mustn't ask any questions.
Larry Haines: I'm asking. I mean, I'm not asking.
Karen Bentley: My name's Karen Bentley. I can't tell you any more.
Larry Haines: My name's Larry Haines. There's no more to tell.
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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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Featured in Bob Hope at 100 (2003) 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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Hitchcockian spoofery Hope style.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Madeline Carroll is British spy Karen Bentley, she has in her possession British aeroplane plans that the Nazis obviously want, so she's on the run with the baddies in hot pursuit. During one escape she hides away in a theatre and comes across Larry Haines (Bob Hope) and his performing penguin Percy, she doesn't have to work hard to get Haines smitten with her and he helps her escape. This sets us up for a mad cap cross country chase movie with quips aplenty and incredulous scenes to enjoy. Hope is on prime form and the chemistry between Carroll and himself is one of the film's chief bonus points, and in view of the back story to the film it's not hard to see why the pair were a believable duo. By all accounts Hope really had the hots for Carroll and she spent the whole shoot fighting him off since she was happily involved with Sterling Hayden at the time. It's a fun film that takes a while to get going, but once it does it doesn't disappoint on the fun front, and Bing Crosby of course turns up for one of his many cameos. 7/10


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