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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 »

Company Credits

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

As Ronnie and Carlotta attempt to escape from Seacliffe and she wonders if the villains have taken his car keys (before they creep down the staircase), to the left of frame a long pole hurriedly retreats out of shot. See more »

Quotes

State Trooper: Keep moving! You got a long drive back to town!
Ronnie Jackson: Yeah, well, let me tell YOU something!
State Trooper: What?
Ronnie Jackson: I like long drives.
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Referenced in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

My Favorite Brunette
(uncredited)
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
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Child photographer turned private eye
26 July 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This was one of the three films that Bob Hope did for Paramount with the theme of favorites: blonde, spy and brunette. He was at one of the best moments of his career when this spoof about the detective movie genre went into production.

"My Favorite Brunette" was directed by Elliott Nugent with a style that made it fun and light to watch. The screen play by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose parodies those films that showed a charismatic private eye get into all kinds of dangerous situations. In this film, Ronnie Jackson, a photographer in San Francisco is suddenly, thrown into a web of intrigue when he steps into the office of his neighbor, the real P.I, Sam McCloud, who is fed up with the job and is leaving town.

Enter the femme fatale, something that is a must in this type of film, Carlotta Montay. She will get Ronnie into all kinds of difficult situations and even the gas chamber as he tries his best to deal with all the bad people that are chasing Carlotta.

Bob Hope was excellent in his take of Ronnie Jackson. Dorothy Lamour, in all her beauty, made the most of her Carlotta. Two cameos in the film were notorious because they are uncredited and unexpected: Alan Ladd, and Bing Crosby. Others in the film are Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Dingle, Frank Puglia, Reginald Denny, among the supporting cast.

The film is still a lot of fun as it makes fun of other more dramatic movies thanks to the direction of Elliott Nugent.


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