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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun For Hope Fans
This is a really fun 2-Pk. for Bob Hope fans. As mentioned by just about everyone, "Star Spangled Rhythm" is more of a screwball type comedy used as an excuse to parade many of Paramount's stars across the screen and give a patriotic boost to the country. It is a fun oddity with Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken and, as mentioned, a big dose of Paramount stars putting on a...
Published on January 10, 2006 by Bobby Underwood

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Hope
First flick, My Favorite Blonde is good, the second not as good (too many songs for me). If you like Hope, then invest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun For Hope Fans, January 10, 2006
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Bobby Underwood (Tumut NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
This is a really fun 2-Pk. for Bob Hope fans. As mentioned by just about everyone, "Star Spangled Rhythm" is more of a screwball type comedy used as an excuse to parade many of Paramount's stars across the screen and give a patriotic boost to the country. It is a fun oddity with Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken and, as mentioned, a big dose of Paramount stars putting on a show. Bob is here, of course, as is Bing, but the real Hope vehicle here is "My Favorite Blonde" with the lovely Madeleine Carroll.

Hope fans will have fun watching watching Bob and beautiful Madeleine Carroll navigate through this delightful romp about secret flight plans hidden in a gold scorpion pin. Hope gets off some good one-liners and there is even an amusing cameo from Bing. A better than usual screenplay by Don Hartman and Frank Butler, based on a story by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, give Bob and gorgeous Madeleine plenty to do yet still enough time to fall in love.

Madeleine is Karen Bentley, a British agent trying to deliver top secret flight plans that German agents want to get their hands on at any cost. The plans are in code in a gold scorpion pin. When her partner is killed by enemy agents aboard the S.S. Aleria, the chase is on. Another British agent is taken down, this one a female, murdered because they thought she was Karen. She ducks into a variety show where Larry Haines (Bob Hope) and his penguin, Percy, are doing their last show before heading to Hollywood.

Larry is just thanking his lucky stars when Karen sort of falls into his lap and wants to travel with him. But she ditches him after planting the scorpion on him before boarding the train. He has a close encounter on the train with the group of enemy spies led by Mme. Stephanie Runick (Gale Sondergaard), but manages to escape with no idea what is going on.

Karen meets up with Larry in Albany, and though Larry isn't crazy about her hot and cold personality, she's a blonde and he can't say no. All she will tell him at first is that countless thousands will be affected and the map of the world could change if she doesn't succeed. Larry's a sucker for a pretty face, and keeps putting himself in greater and greater danger, until the enemy spies no longer believe he's a pawn, but the real thing.

There are some fun moments as Larry and his pajama wearing penguin, Percy, get caught up in the danger. When a third British agent Karen was scheduled to give the plans to is murdered, she finally comes clean with Larry and lets him in on what's going on. From there on it's one escape after another. There is one very funny moment when Larry and Karen are trashing a hotel room so the cops will come and arrest them, and Larry turns on the radio, then shuts it off quickly when that Bob Hope guy comes on!

When Larry becomes wanted for murder, they steal a bus at a picnic for the union, borrow a plane, hop a freight, and steal a car. Along the way, of course, they begin to fall for each other. Larry will end up in a coffin at a funeral home before the plans can be delivered. He has planted the scorpion on Karen this time, but the enemy agents, and the British, think he's swallowed them and want to cut him open!

Madeleine Carroll had a reserved type of glamour and was good here with Hope. Some did not find her as appealing as Lamour or Lamarr, who starred in the other two films of this Hope trilogy, "My Favorite Brunette" and "My Favorite Spy," but she was simply different, and this is a lot of fun for Hope fans.

"My Favorite Blonde" is a very good film to pop in on the weekend and enjoy. Hope gets to poke fun at himself, take a swipe at Crosby, deliver some zingers, and he even gets the girl in this one. What's not to like about that?

This is a nice addition to any film library and a real treat for Hope's millions of fans. It is also a chance to see many of Paramount's stars during the 1940's. A real treat.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Hope Classics..., June 22, 2003
This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
Bob Hope had for some time said on his radio show that Madeleine Carroll was his "favorite blonde". The actress called to thank him, and a movie pairing soon followed. A parody of spy films (most notably "The 39 Steps"), the film delivers the laughs as British agent Carroll evades the Nazi bad guys with unwilling help from a penguin-toting vadevillian performer played by Hope.
Gale Sondergaard plays the spy chief with a prerequisite dose of iciness. Sadly, she isn't featured as much as one could wish, but her henchmen fit the bill as the heavies.
"Star Spangled Rhythm" is a welcome, but odd inclusion on the disc. The story is a classic screwball comedy mixed with a dose of "Stage Door Canteen". Unfortunately, the numbers in the big show not only defy logic (the size and scope of the production is rediculously larger than believability can allow), but on top of that, they are mostly dull, overlong, and uninspiring.
The majority of the big names touted in the credits are more or less confined to appearing in the big morale show, save for two nice turns by Cecil B. DeMille and Preston Sturges. Bing Crosby is limited to what amounts to an extended cameo, while Bob Hope fares little better. Only two numbers really stand out from the show. One is a nice number with Paulette Goddard, Dorothy Lamour, and Veronica Lake in "A Sweater, A Sarong, and a Peek-a-boo Bang". The title refers to the famous trademarks of each star (Goddard's sexy sweaters, Lamour's island-movie sarongs, and Lake's vision-obscuring hairdoo). The other number is the balletic winter dance sequence in which a GI dreams about his girl back home.
"If Men Played Cards As Women Do" is a Vadevillian piece that was first performed back in 1929, and unfortunately, shows its dated quality. By today's standards, the characters come off as simply "femme" given the subtlety of the act. The point of the skit is similar to that commercial where burly men say things like, "Do these jeans make me look fat?" Of course Ray Milland and Fred MacMurry, et al, are lots of fun, but the skit just doesn't hold up.
Back on the Paramount lot, however, there's a fun number about defense workers called "Swing Shift". And then there's an interesting scene where Betty Hutton tries to gain access to the Paramount lot by literally going over the wall, with next to no help whatsoever from a pair of helpful passerbys.
While Bob does emcee the big event, and helps Betty with some of her scheming, he isn't really the star here. As such, the film, while nice to have, is kind of out of place in the Bob Hope Tribute Collection.
Either way, it's a good disc for Bob fans. Production notes and trailers are included for each picture.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope At His Best, October 21, 2004
This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
My Favorite Blonde is not just another Bob Hope vehicle, it has substance. It's a great spy flick. I love spy movies, but when you add Bob Hope you get a lot of laughs. The Penguin scene with the monogram pajamas is classic. Bob is not crude in this movie like he is in the road pictures. He is very funny. The part when they are on the bus is very funny. If you want a good movie that is also funny, get this one. You will find out why people thought Bob Hope was funny. I still laugh at it and so do my kids. A real winner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Good Paramount films of the 1940s, July 30, 2003
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This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
Both of these films represent the type of film Paramount was famous for in the 1940s: brash, energetic, we're-all-in-on-the-joke type comedies that appealed to young men and women of that era.
My favorite of the two is "Star Spangled Rhythm." Make no mistake, this is no more a Bob Hope film than it was a Bing Crosby film when it was marketed as one on VHS in the 1990s. This is more an Eddie Bracken-Betty Hutton film, but also features every star on the Paramount lot during World War Two. This is by far one of the most bizzare films anyone will ever see, with a convoluted plot featuring a Navy man who thinks his dad runs Paramount, but who, in reality, is the security guard at the front gate. So.... the first half of the film deals with trying to keep that secret from Eddie Bracken, while at the same time trying to convince the Paramount stars to perform in a show for the Navy. Along the way, there are plenty of breezy and brash musical numbers that totally epitomize the Paramount musical comedy of the war era. Then, the second half of the film is the actual show they put on, while trying to hide everyone from the "real" head of Paramount. These skits are hit and miss. Some work, others don't. But the kicker is the patriotic finale featuring Bing.
As noted before, this is the most bizarre film I've ever seen, but it's one that I really love despite, or maybe because of its unbelievably strange nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope Gets the Girl, October 4, 2005
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Bobby Underwood (Tumut NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Hope fans will have fun watching watching Bob and beautiful Madeleine Carroll navigate through this delightful romp about secret flight plans hidden in a gold scorpion pin. Hope gets off some good one-liners and there is even an amusing cameo from Bing. A better than usual screenplay by Don Hartman and Frank Butler, based on a story by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, give Bob and gorgeous Madeleine plenty to do yet still enough time to fall in love.

Madeleine is Karen Bentley, a British agent trying to deliver top secret flight plans that German agents want to get their hands on at any cost. The plans are in code in a gold scorpion pin. When her partner is killed by enemy agents aboard the S.S. Aleria, the chase is on. Another British agent is taken down, this one a female, murdered because they thought she was Karen. She ducks into a variety show where Larry Haines (Bob Hope) and his penguin, Percy, are doing their last show before heading to Hollywood.

Larry is just thanking his lucky stars when Karen sort of falls into his lap and wants to travel with him. But she ditches him after planting the scorpion on him before boarding the train. He has a close encounter on the train with the group of enemy spies led by Mme. Stephanie Runick (Gale Sondergaard), but manages to escape with no idea what is going on.

Karen meets up with Larry in Albany, and though Larry isn't crazy about her hot and cold personality, she's a blonde and he can't say no. All she will tell him at first is that countless thousands will be affected and the map of the world could change if she doesn't succeed. Larry's a sucker for a pretty face, and keeps putting himself in greater and greater danger, until the enemy spies no longer believe he's a pawn, but the real thing.

There are some fun moments as Larry and his pajama wearing penguin, Percy, get caught up in the danger. When a third British agent Karen was scheduled to give the plans to is murdered, she finally comes clean with Larry and lets him in on what's going on. From there on it's one escape after another. There is one very funny moment when Larry and Karen are trashing a hotel room so the cops will come and arrest them, and Larry turns on the radio, then shuts it off quickly when that Bob Hope guy comes on!

When Larry becomes wanted for murder, they steal a bus at a picnic for the union, borrow a plane, hop a freight, and steal a car. Along the way, of course, they begin to fall for each other. Larry will end up in a coffin at a funeral home before the plans can be delivered. He has planted the scorpion on Karen this time, but the enemy agents, and the British, think he's swallowed them and want to cut him open!

Madeleine Carroll had a reserved type of glamour and was good here with Hope. Some did not find her as appealing as Lamour or Lamarr, who starred in the other two films of this Hope trilogy, "My Favorite Brunette" and "My Favorite Spy," but she was simply different, and this is a lot of fun for Hope fans.

"My Favorite Blonde" is a very good film to pop in on the weekend and enjoy. Hope gets to poke fun at himself, take a swipe at Crosby, deliver some zingers, and he even gets the girl in this one. What's not to like about that?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hope and Carroll a definite plus, April 15, 2002
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Simon Davis (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This is definite vintage Hope with the added benefit of the beautiful and talented Madeleine Carroll along for the ride. Legend had it that Hope constantly mentioned on his successful radio show how beautiful he found Madeleine Carroll and that any leading man in Hollywood would be lucky to work with her. Madeleine apparently was so touched by this unexpected adulation from the great comic that she called up Hope and said "Hey Bob I think it's time we made a movie together!" Needless to say Bob was happy to oblige and the result is the classic "My Favorite Blonde"
It is without doubt one of Bob Hope's best mixing his usual lovable coward character in with murders, intrigue and a priceless cross country race keeping one step ahead of hit men, police and you name it.
The one liners come fast and furious and will have you laughing from start to finish. The on screen chemistry between Hope and Carroll really works and Madeleine really surprises in holding her own against Hope's scene stealing techniques. Favorite moments are when Bob is accidently dragged in to speak to a room full of women who believe he is a child specialist. It is priceless as is the terrific scene of the "staged" domestic dispute which the pair stage to be "rescued" by the police from an apartment they are cornered in. it will have you laughing till you cry. Bob's comedy act side kick "Percy" the penguin also gets in on the act and has an hilarious scene in a sleeping car of a train when he is dressed in monogrammed pyjamas and night cap!!
Being a Hope film of the early 40's needless to say it has a very [costly] look and benefits from a terrific supporting cast including Gale Sondergaard and the always excellent George Zucco in his usual villanious character. Of course a Hope film wouldn't be complete without its share of Crosby jokes and a very funny little cameo by Bing Crosby himself just prior to the classic "bus scene" which will really have you laughing.
Even in the madcap proceedings there is still time for a bit of glamour and being an absolute fan of the glamour of old Hollywood I can say that never has Madeleine Carroll looked more beautiful than in this film, even despite the fact she spends most of the film on the run! Her Edith head fashions and beautiful Fur Coat make her look like a real glamour Goddess.
"My Favourite Blonde" is a classic of its genre and if you like fast paced comedies with no let up this is the film for you. I know I love it and never tire of its humour. Now if only someone would "rescue" another Hope "Favorite" in this case "My Favorite Brunette" which for too long has been lost in the horrid public domain arena where we can only see it in terrible foggy versions. That is another classic that deserves better.
Enjoy "My Favorite Blonde" she is still a beauty after all these years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Coupling Makes an Entertaining Time Capsule, August 25, 2005
This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
"Star Spangled Rhythm" is a must see for anyone who wishes to visit or revisit the 1940's at the very beginning of the Second World War. It is a variety show with enough of a plot to lend continuity and some acts that are still entertaining today. So many of the Paramount stars participate that it is hard to single out any. It is wonderful to find this coupled with a very

good comedy, "My Favorie Blond", a very funny Bob Hope spy picture that gives an insighr to some almost forgotten aspects of his skill. As a frustrated vaudeville performer whose partner is a higher salaried penguin, the laughs start early on. Madeleine Carroll plays a British agent who serendipitously seeks refuge in Hope's dressing room. Hope thinks that Miss Carroll is deranged but she is very persuasive in asking for aid. They then are on their way to their destination, Los Angeles. Their odyssey across the United States includes an amusing homage to Miss Carroll's appearance in "The 39 Steps". They are always delightfully in danger from the likes of the sinister appearing George Zucco and the glamorous but also sinister appearing Gale Sondergaard

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories for the grandchildren, May 5, 2001
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John R. Bridell (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
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Well, I watched this with a couple of the grandchildren--sub-teens. The plot was out-of date, but they howled at the movie's slapstick. They left the screen for a trip to the bathroom when Madeleine and Bob engaged in some "mushy stuff." That's just the way it was when I saw it in 1942. This Hope film provides a bonus which is the performance of Madeleine Carroll. Her acting skills are revealed in several scenes with Hope when she needs to save them by belting out several lines of American slang. Take it from my grandchildren; five years ago they would have claimed that MY FAVORITE BLONDE was a "bad" [super good] movie. Besides there wasn't too much huggin' and kissin' in between the good parts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hope Spy Farce, August 25, 1999
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My Favorite Blonde is a hilarious edition to the My Favoirte Series. Madeline Caroll makes an excellent Hope cohort as does a certain penguin. I used the think that Bob Hope movies were all horribly dated but this movie proves that Hope's brand of comedy still works. I only wish they would finally re-release My Favorite Spy so that I could own the full series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good double feature, June 20, 2007
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This review is from: My Favorite Blonde / Star Spangled Rhythm Double Feature (DVD)
You can't go far wrong with the early Bob Hope films. This double feature is misleading though because only one is a Hope vehicle.

"My Favourite Blonde" is a spy comedy, a take off of "The Thirty Nine Steps", a famous book by John Buchan and British film starring the gorgeous Madelaine Carroll and Robert Donat. The gags come thick and fast and Hope is perfectly cast as a second rate vaudevillian with a performing penguin. He inadvertantly gets mixed up with British agent Carroll who is trying to deliver secret microfilm to her boss. Their adventures take them from New York to Los Angeles, providing the script writers with endless opportunities for mayhem. It is a very entertaining film and Carroll surprises with her comedy technique.

"Star Spangled Rhythm" was Paramount's entry into the all star "putting on a show" films which every studio produced during the war. It is one of the best. Betty Hutton stars as a telephonist at the studio and she is very funny. She has 2 standout scenes - when she greets boyfriend Eddie Bracken and a superb routine with 2 acrobats in which she is trying to get over the walls of the studio lot. The show itself has the usual mixture of acts - good such as Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake sending up their images (Lake is inept) and Ray Milland, Lynne Overman, Franchot Tone and Fred MacMurray (his dead pan timing is impeccable) demonstrating if men played cards like women; very poor such as an inexplicable and embarrassing turn by the inert Alan Ladd and Susan Hayward overacting as usual in a skit about the wartime rubber shortage. There are also a couple of great songs - "That Old Black Magic" and "Hit the Road to Dreamland" for example. Ironically, for me the worst bit is the climax with Bing Crosby performing a patriotic song and showing absolutely zero involvement as usual.

The prints of the films are excellent but the extras only include the trailers of the films and some liner notes about the productions and the casts. One irritating constraint is that once you have selected a film, you can not return to the top menu to select the other film.
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