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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madame Stephanie Runick
Dr. Hugo Streger
Lionel Royce ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Dr. Wallace Faber
Otto Reichow ...
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Topley
Edward Gargan ...
James Burke ...
Union Secretary
Charles Cane ...
Turk O'Flaherty
Crane Whitley ...
Ulrich - Henchman
Milton Parsons ...


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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Release Date:

30 October 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Mi rubia favorita  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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 »


Spoofed in My Favorite Brunette (1947) See more »


Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played during the Haines and Percy vaudeville act
Reprised for subsequent acts
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Nice spy comedy
5 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Pleasant comedy about a guy (Bob Hope) who has a vaudeville act with a penguin getting mixed up with a British secret agent (Madeleine Carroll). It's not the funniest comedy you ever saw but darned if it isn't one of the most likable. Hope and Carroll have nice chemistry and their banter is great. Lots of snappy lines. The villains are played by George Zucco and Gale Sondergaard. It's pretty much impossible to have a bad movie that features both Zucco and Sondergaard. Nice cameo from Bing Crosby. Very funny bit about halfway through between Edward Gargan and James Burke over who is really Mulrooney (watch and you'll see). It's a good comedy with a fun spy plot and a great cast.

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