My Favorite Brunette
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Ten stars for the movie, minus eight stars for the transfer equals two stars for the DVD.
As great as this movie is, the transfer to DVD is pathetic; I suggest turning it down. The beginning of the movie is the worst part, full of scratches and sound so poor it's difficult to understand the dialog. Unbelievably, it's not even presented in full frame. The left side of the credits (and presumably, the rest of the movie) are cut off.
I suppose that in any industry or technology, there will be people in it just to make a buck. Movies such as this are a national treasure that deserves to be treated and immortalized as an art form. This is just the "make a buck" version.
I think this should be Madacy's tagline: "If it's from Madacy, you will be MAD when you SEE what you paid for."
Before transferring a movie to video, these people would put a pristine print through a blender just to make sure their standards don't deviate.
Hope plays baby photographer Ronnie Jackson but his heart is set on becoming a private detective ("All my life I've wanted to be a hard boiled detective like Humphrey Bogart, or Dick Powell, or even Alan Ladd!"). Dorothy Lamour is Carlotta Montay and she mistakes Hope for Sam McCloud who is a qualified private detective and has the office next door to Hope. Lamour hires Hope to look for her missing uncle who has been kidnapped but after various misadventures she realises just how inexperienced he is! After being exposed to great danger and becoming a target for the villains Hope begins to regret his deception. ("I don't know how much more of this I can take - you've had me in hot water so long I feel like a tea bag").
Some favourite lines from the film:
Bob Hope (to Peter Lorre): "Nice cheerful place - what time do they bring the mummies out?".
Bob Hope: "It always looked so easy in those Tarzan pictures!".
Hope was best known for his series of "Road" comedies with Crosby and Lamour but in "Brunette" proved he could handle a leading role on his own. Around this time he also made "My Favorite Blonde" with Madeleine Carroll and "My Favorite Spy" with Hedy Lamarr but played different characters in each film. The Bob Hope films of the forties were popular light hearted entertainment and can be viewed with increasing pleasure over and over again.
With this 1947 thriller-comedy, Bob Hope is back to his old tricks. But, this time, his allegiance is shifted from his favorite blonde, Madeleine Carroll, to his favorite brunette, Dorothy Lamour. The look of this film is very dark, with many scenes taking place at night or in very dim venues. As usual, everyone but Bob plays it straight. If not for Bob's relentless barrage of humor, this easily could have passed for a typical film noir. As it is, old Ski-nose zanily upends many detective clichés.
Dorothy Lamour - sans sarong, sans Road picture - makes the most of her rare femme fatale role. There's a comfort level between Dorothy and Bob that translates very well onto the screen. And just when you think this movie is Crosby-bereft, guess which crooner has a cameo? Charles Dingle, Frank Puglia, and John Hoyt have nice supporting parts, with Lon Chaney Jr. and the great but creepy Peter Lorre rounding off the cast nicely. Alan Ladd also has a tiny but amusing cameo.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very poor copy. There were deep shadows, scratches in the film and the sound was out of sequence.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was on an "old time movie" phase. I also wanted a movie that I could give to my conservative friends to enjoy.
Bob hope was/is usually. Read more
The fabulous thing about MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE, is that Bob Hope may arguably deserve single-handed credit for planting the seedling of what modern cinematic observational comedy... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marisa Lloreda
The quality of the video is subpar, not clear at all, a kind of a grey cast to the film.Published 14 months ago by Nick Hedberg
I bought this DVD from Amazon, but the video quality is horrible. I could hardly make it out on the TV. I wish I had paid a little more and got the re-mastered DVD. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE BUT MOST OF THE COPIES OUT THERE ARE REALLY BAD QUALITY TRANSFER *** LOOK FOR DVD CALLED THE BOB HOPE COLLECTION THERE ARE TWO... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vicki Dupraw