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My Favorite Brunette (1947)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  4 April 1947 (USA)
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Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible ... See full summary »

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Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He's a hilarious hawkshaw... with a case on Dottie!


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The film contains a number of in-jokes. Bob Hope's character is just saying that he wants to be a private detective like Alan Ladd - when Ladd appears, playing a private detective. Dorothy Lamour's character looks longingly after Bing Crosby for a moment (in their "Road" movies with Bob Hope, Crosby nearly always got the girl) before Hope wins back her attention. There is also a comic reference to legendary music conductor Arturo Toscanini, then considered the greatest conductor in the world, and who at that time was conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. (Bob Hope had a radio program on NBC and was soon to make his TV debut on NBC as well.) See more »

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A shot of the plane landing is flipped: the writing on the tail is backwards. See more »

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James Collins: No, you stay here, Miss Montay.
Ronnie Jackson: Yeah, you stay here.
James Collins: These men are killers.
Ronnie Jackson: Yeah, then I'll stay here, too.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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My Favorite Brunette
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Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
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Two Road Escapees
2 December 2002 | by (Shibata, Japan) – See all my reviews

Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour team up for this spoof on private eyes movies, particularly Sam Spade. Hope plays a baby photographer who dreams about being a real private eye, like his friend. One day he is mistaken for being his friend, which Hope chooses not to correct, by Lamour's mysterious lady in distress character. Soon Hope finds himself running from Lon Chaney and Peter Lorre, at their spookiest best.

This was the first movie I ever saw with Bob Hope, and I didn't even realize that Hope and Lamour were famous for the Road movies they did with Bing Crosby. However, this movie is consistently funny throughout. Hope fit the character perfectly. Keep an eye out for Crosby's cameo.


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