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My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Film-Noir | 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.

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (original screenplay), Jack Rose (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Ronnie Jackson
Dorothy Lamour ... Carlotta Montay
Peter Lorre ... Kismet
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Willie (as Lon Chaney)
John Hoyt ... Dr. Lundau
Charles Dingle ... Major Simon Montague
Reginald Denny ... James Collins
Frank Puglia ... Baron Montay
Ann Doran ... Miss Rogers
Willard Robertson ... Prison Warden
Jack La Rue ... Tony
Charles Arnt ... Crawford
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Private Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Hope Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On a Capitol Records 78, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour waxed two Jay Livingston-Ray Evans tunes: the romantic "Beside You," a Lamour solo in the film, and a comic-banter ditty named after the movie, although this number was not performed in the picture. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sam McCloud: I told you before, stick to watching the birdie and you'll die of old age.
Ronnie Jackson: Yeah, but I was cut out for this kind of life. All my life I wanted to be a hardboiled detective like Humphrey Bogart or Dick Powell or even Alan Ladd.
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Referenced in The Century: America's Time: Best Years: 1946-1952 (1999) 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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Delightful Detective Daffiness!
31 March 2002 | by dtbSee all my reviews

When baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) office-sits for traveling p.i. Sam McCloud, he finds his dreams of playing detective coming all too true all too soon when mysterious damsel-in-distress Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour) sashays into his office. Soon our hero is up to his ski-nose in trouble as he and his comely client are chased by a gang of cutthroats with designs on Carlotta's uncle's uranium (that's right, uranium!). One of Hope's best comedies, BRUNETTE deftly spoofs hard-boiled private eye thrillers of the era with a barrage of uproarious one-liners and set pieces. Hope and Lamour's usual comic/romantic chemistry is at its finest amid a nifty supporting cast including Peter Lorre, the unfairly uncredited Jean Wong (a delight as Mrs. Fong, mother of a tot so loathe to smile that Ronnie quips, "This kid's gonna grow up to be a sponsor!"), Lon Chaney Jr. (essentially playing his classic and oft-imitated OF MICE AND MEN role for laughs), and a couple of cameos too hilarious to spoil here (including the Paramount tough guy who appears as McCloud)! The DVD currently available doesn't have the most pristine print, but it's got some fun interactive features, including a trivia quiz. I only hope somebody decides to give this cheeky, cheerful farce the Criterion-caliber treatment it deserves! UPDATE for 2011: There's a remastered Bob Hope DVD collection available from The Shout Factory, including a gorgeous print of MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE, complete with Paramount logo! HOORAY!


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