My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  4 April 1947 (USA)
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Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.



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Complete credited cast:
Willie (as Lon Chaney)
Dr. Lundau
Charles Dingle ...
Major Simon Montague
James Collins
Frank Puglia ...
Baron Montay
Miss Rogers
Willard Robertson ...
Prison Warden
Charles Arnt ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

4 April 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


When Lamore and Hope are in the den at the mansion, at around 25 minutes, she's gesturing with a knife pointed at Hope's face. In the shots from the side she's holding the knife with her thumb upwards. In shots from over her shoulder, her knuckles are upwards. See more »


Carlotta Montay: Are you a man who's afraid of danger?
Ronnie Jackson: No, you can get as close as you like.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »


'Murder,' He Says
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played on the phonograph
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The Pepsodent Kid takes a bite outta crime
22 March 2005 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone, As this movie begins, count the stars in the Paramount logo. You will see there are 24. That means it is an old Paramount Picture. Paramount's new logo has only 22 stars. I am not sure when that was changed but certainly by the mid fifties.

Interestingly, this movie has a speaking part for an African American man and an Asian American woman in the first five minutes of the film. Neither gets screen credit. There is also a child actor who chews up the scenery, that scenery being Bob Hope's finger.

It is nice to see Bob Hope actually climbing a tree. Bob was in excellent physical shape in those days of the 1940s. If you want to watch him dancing watch The Seven Little Foys where he tap dances with Jimmy Cagney during the mid 1950s.

It is fun for those of us who remember dictaphones and wire recorders and disc recorders that made big 78 rpm records as we watch Bob trying to operate a recorder. Where were the digital MP3 recorders when you needed one in 1947? The cars are fun to look at. This is like a trip to a museum with an old friend.

One scene I ran back and forth a few times and I have not yet figured out how they did it. There is a scene where Bob is the target for a knife thrower. I think they really threw the knives and barely missed his head. It looks real to me.

Not Bob's best movie, but worth a look. I recommend Paleface, Fancy Pants, Son of Paleface, Seven Little Foys, Beau James and That Certain Feeling.

Tom Willett

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