My Favorite Blonde/Star Spangled Rhythm

My Favorite Blonde/Star Spangled Rhythm

     
 

Two big Bob Hope hits from 1942 are matched up in this special video package. My Favorite Blonde features Hope in a tale of comic espionage; his co-stars include Madeleine Carroll and Gale Sondergaard. A host of Hollywood's biggest stars turned out for the morale-raising musical Star-Spangled Rhythm; along with Hope, the guest list includes Bing Crosby,See more details below

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Two big Bob Hope hits from 1942 are matched up in this special video package. My Favorite Blonde features Hope in a tale of comic espionage; his co-stars include Madeleine Carroll and Gale Sondergaard. A host of Hollywood's biggest stars turned out for the morale-raising musical Star-Spangled Rhythm; along with Hope, the guest list includes Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake, Ray Milland, and many, many more.

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Each of Bob Hope's "My Favorite" films (My Favorite Blonde, My Favorite Brunette, My Favorite Spy) was, by accident or design, a parody of a dead-serious movie genre. 1942's My Favorite Blonde, for example, was a takeoff of Alfred Hitchcock in general and Hitchcock's 39 Steps in particular. Two-bit vaudeville entertainer Hope gets mixed up with gorgeous blonde British-spy Madeline Carroll. The "maguffin" (Hitchcock's nickname for "gimmick") which ties the two stars together is a ring which contains the microfilmed plans for a revolutionary new bomber. Hope and Carroll are forced to take it on the lam when Hope is framed for murder by Nazi-agents Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco et. al. Highlights include Hope eluding capture by impersonating a famed psychologist (watch for Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Hope's most contentious "patient"). Madeline Carroll also got several opportunities to shine comedically, especially when she lapsed into cloying baby talk while posing as Hope's wife. Bob Hope was hesitant to work with My Favorite Blonde director Sidney Lanfield, having heard of Lanfield's reputation as an on-set dictator. However, the two got along so swimmingly that they would collaborate on such future top-notch Hope farces as Let's Face It (1943) and The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).

Star-Spangled Rhythm is a typical wartime all-star musical-comedy melange, this time from Paramount Pictures. The slender plot involves the efforts by humble studio doorman Pop Webster (Victor Moore) to pass himself off as a big-shot Paramount executive for the benefit of his sailor son Jimmy (Eddie Bracken). The overall level of humor can be summed up by the scene in which Webster is advised that the best way to pretend to be a studio big-shot is to say "It stinks!" to everything -- whereupon Cecil B. DeMille shows up to ask Webster's opinion about his current production. Betty Hutton, cast as studio switchboard operator and co-conspirator Polly Judson, is at her most rambunctiously appealing here. The huge lineup of guest performers includes Bing Crosby (and his 8-year-old son Gary!), Bob Hope, Veronica Lake, Dorothy Lamour, Dick Powell, Mary Martin, Alan Ladd, Fred MacMurray, William Bendix, Paulette Goddard, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, most (but not all) of them going through their characteristic paces. Highlights include a surrealistic rendition of "That Old Black Magic" with Johnnie Johnston and Vera Zorina; a frantic staging of the old George S. Kaufman sketch "If Men Played Cards as Women Do" with MacMurray, Ray Milland, Franchot Tone, and Lynn Overman; and The Sweater, the Sarong and the Peekaboo Bang, first performed by Goddard, Lamour and Lake, then lampooned in drag by Arthur Treacher, Sterling Holloway and Walter Catlett!

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
UPC:
0025192136320
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:58:00
Sales rank:
20,193

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[None specified]

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [1:24]
2. Shooting on Board [3:08]
3. The Scorpion [3:05]
4. Haines and Percy [:51]
5. Leaving Town [8:09]
6. In Albany [:49]
7. Upper Berth [4:42]
8. Larry's Bag [4:39]
9. Wife Beater [1:40]
10. The Teamsters Picnic [:57]
11. Flying to L.A. [5:13]
12. The Watermelon Patch [12:12]
13. Dr. Higby [:07]
14. On a Freight Train [7:24]
15. Bernardino Street [2:39]
16. A Faux Grenade [1:08]
17. Not Quite Dead [2:39]
18. End Titles [5:49]
0. Scenes
1. Main Title [1:31]
2. Shore Leave [8:32]
3. Mr. De Soto [4:53]
4. Hit the Road to Dreamland [4:59]
5. Swing Shift [:59]
6. I'm Doing It for Defense [8:22]
7. Putting on a Show [1:38]
8. Over the Wall [6:44]
9. A Benefit [2:29]
10. A Sweater, a Sarong and a Peek-a-Boo Bang [2:20]
11. A Rubber Shortage [6:27]
12. Alan Ladd [1:10]
13. That Old Black Magic [4:05]
14. A Card Game [5:45]
15. Sharp as a Tack [2:18]
16. Wife, Husband and Wolf [5:01]
17. Old Glory [1:27]
18. Good-bye, Johnny [:56]

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