My Favorite Blonde/Star Spangled Rhythm

Overview

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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192136320
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,557

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   My Favorite Blonde
      Bonus Materials
         Theatrical Trailer
         Production Notes
         Cast and Filmmakers
            Bob Hope as Larry Haines
            Madeleine Carroll as Karen Bentley
            Gale Sondergaard as Mme. Stephanie Runick
            George Zucco as Dr. Hugo Streger
            Directed by Sidney Lanfield
         DVD Newsletter
         Recommendations
      Languages
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Captions & Subtitles: None
      Play
   Star Spangled Rhythm
      Bonus Materials
         Theatrical Trailer
         Production Notes
         Cast and Filmmakers
            Betty Hutton as Polly Judson
            Victor Moore as Pop Webster
            Eddie Bracken as Johnny Webster
            Walter Abel as B. G. De Soto
            Bob Hope as Himself
            Directed by George Marshall
         DVD Newsletter
         Recommendations
      Languages
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
         Subtitles: Español
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: None
      Play
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