My Favorite Brunette

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Overview

Just as Bob Hope's My Favorite Blonde 1942 was a takeoff on Alfred Hitchcock, Hope's My Favorite Brunette was a lampoon of the noirish "hard-boiled detective" school popularized by Raymond Chandler. Awaiting execution on death row, Hope tells the gathered reporters how he got into his present predicament. It seems that Hope was once a baby photographer, his office adjacent to the one leased by a private detective played in an amusing unbilled cameo by Alan Ladd. While hanging around the p.i.'s office, Hope is ...
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Overview

Just as Bob Hope's My Favorite Blonde 1942 was a takeoff on Alfred Hitchcock, Hope's My Favorite Brunette was a lampoon of the noirish "hard-boiled detective" school popularized by Raymond Chandler. Awaiting execution on death row, Hope tells the gathered reporters how he got into his present predicament. It seems that Hope was once a baby photographer, his office adjacent to the one leased by a private detective played in an amusing unbilled cameo by Alan Ladd. While hanging around the p.i.'s office, Hope is mistaken for the detective by beautiful client Dorothy Lamour. She hires Hope to search for her missing uncle, and also entrusts him with a valuable map. Hope's diligent if inept sleuthing takes him to a shady rest sanitarium, where he runs afoul of lamebrained henchman Lon Chaney, Jr. and sinister, knife-throwing Peter Lorre. Both are in the employ of attorney Charles Dingle, who is responsible for the disappearance of Lamour's uncle. Escaping the sanitarium with Lamour in tow, Hope follows the trail of evidence to noted geologist Reginald Denny. The geologist is murdered, and Hope is accused of the crime.
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Special Features

Noveltoon Cartoon-"Super Lulu"; Short Subject - "Sport Parade-Thrill A Second; Serial Chapter 1 Of "Lost City Of The Jungle"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Woody Allen often stated that Bob Hope was a major influence on his work, and this is especially clear in My Favorite Brunette. Many of the gags and one-liners given to Hope would not seem out of place coming from Allen, with the crucial difference that the former delivers them "sincerely," whereas coming from the latter they would be tinged with irony. Brunette is a send-up of the "private dick" film, with Hope's take on a Phillip Marlowe type, giving him the chance to play his favorite "fish out of water" routine for all it's worth. For most of the film, the gags come fast and furious here, often making no sense but accumulating an irresistible force nonetheless. Unfortunately, about two-thirds of the way through, the tangled plot (an essential feature of the genre being spoofed) takes precedence and slows things down a little; it isn't a fatal change of pace, but it does keep the film from being the full-length laugh-fest it could have been. Hope is right at home with the material, and, of course, he gets good assistance from Dorothy Lamour. What's surprising is how delightfully funny Peter Lorre and (especially) Lon Chaney Jr. are. If My Favorite Brunette just misses being a classic comedy, it still has a great deal to recommend it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 089859623226
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,842

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Ronnie Jackson
Dorothy Lamour Carlotta Montay
Peter Lorre Kismet
Lon Chaney Jr. Willie
John Hoyt Dr.Lundau
Reginald Denny James Collins
Charles Dingle Maj. Simon Montague
Frank Puglia Baron Montay
Ann Doran Miss Rogers
Willard Robertson Prison Warden
Jack LaRue Tony
Charles Cooley Waiter
Thomas P. Dillon Policeman
Helena Phillips Evans Mabel
Ed Johnson Caddy
Theodore Rand Waiter Captain
Charles Arnt Crawford
Bing Crosby Guest Star
Tony Caruso "George Raft" Type
Jack Chefe Henri, the Headwaiter
Jack Clifford Prison Guard-Captain
Boyd Davis Mr. Dawson
Betty Farrington Matron
James Flavin Mac the Detective
Brandon Hurst Butler
Richard Keene Reporter
Alan Ladd Sam McCloud
George Lloyd Prison Guard-Sergeant
Matt McHugh "Jimmy Cagney" Type
Clarence Muse Man on Death row
Garry Owen Reporter
James Pierce Detective
Joe Recht Newsboy
Reginald Simpson Assistant Manager
Ray Teal State trooper
Harland Tucker Room clerk
John Tyrrell Bell captain
Jean Wong Mrs. Fong
Tom Dillon Cop
Budd Fine Detective
Al Hill State Trooper
Technical Credits
Elliott Nugent Director
Edmund Beloin Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Dare Producer
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Mel Epstein Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Gordon Jennigns Special Effects
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
John MacNeil Set Decoration/Design
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Favorite Brunette
1. Chapter 1 [4:20]
2. Chapter 2 [16:16]
3. Chapter 3 [16:45]
4. Chapter 4 [16:15]
5. Chapter 5 [15:18]
6. Chapter 6 [18:15]
7. Chapter 7 [:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Favorite Brunette
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