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My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 4 April 1947 (USA)
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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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State Trooper: Sorry we bothered you. You're not a bad guy for a foreigner.
Kismet: Oh, but I'm going to be a citizen. I'm studying for my examination. Oh, uh, by the way, could either of you gentlemen tell me, who was the eighth president of the United States?
State Trooper: [the two policeman look baffled for a few seconds] So long, bud.
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Referenced in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) 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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