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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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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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Trivia

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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Ronnie is supplied with a torn-off piece of printed stationery from "Seacliff Lodge," but the sign at the main entrance to the facility shows its name as "Seacliffe Lodge." See more »

Quotes

Carlotta Montay: He said he was safe.
Ronnie Jackson: Oh, he's safe all right... I mean, he's safe all right.
Carlotta Montay: But he's NOT safe! I KNOW he isn't!
Ronnie Jackson: No, no... He's in a terrible spot.
Carlotta Montay: But I feel he's in great danger.
Ronnie Jackson: Yes, yes, he's in great danger... yeah, but he's safe alright. He's safe. I sound like an umpire.
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Spoofs My Favorite Blonde (1942) See more »

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'Murder,' He Says
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played on the phonograph
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Hope Is Very Funny in This Enjoyable Light Comedy
8 November 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Bob Hope is very funny in this enjoyable light comedy. The plot is deliberately crazy and implausible, but creative, and it sets up some funny situations. The rest of the cast is good too, and it all works very well as light entertainment.

Hope plays a photographer who longs to be a detective, and then gets his chance, only to find out that it's a lot more than he can handle. It's a fine role for Hope, and the script also gives him a lot of good material to work with. Dorothy Lamour is suitably mysterious as the woman who involves him in a complicated situation. Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. add atmosphere and humor as two of Hope's adversaries.

Anyone who likes Hope should enjoy seeing him in "My Favorite Brunette", and it is also recommended for anyone who likes light comedies of the era.


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