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My Favorite Brunette


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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Directors: Elliott Nugent
  • Writers: Edmund Beloin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CreateSpace
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PAP6PW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this lively spoof of 1940's private eye thrillers, San Francisco baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) sits on death row and recalls how his unfulfilled ambitions to be a hard-boiled detective led to his dire predicament. While office sitting for P.I. neighbor Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd), the mysterious Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour) saunters in, mistakes Jackson for a real private investigator, and persuades him to find her uncle who has been kidnapped by cut-throat villains (Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.) for his valuable uranium map. Loaded with laughs and cameos by Hollywood's finest, the hilarious plot thickens and danger ensues as daydreamer Jackson finds himself in more trouble than he can handle!

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Customer Reviews

Poor video transfer quality and sound.
Doc Plum
I believe this to be one of Hope's best and is a "must see" for all his fans.
Samuel DeLong
It really is too bad, given that this is one of my favorite movies.
Shaun333

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By InSearchOfTheRedButton on December 22, 1999
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review refers to the Madacy release.

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.
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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.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Shaun333 on December 12, 2005
Format: DVD
It always amuses me when you see a product (that is not a big studio, mind you) that advertises a movie as being "remastered". Well, folks, I've got news for you, it's not. Perhaps they meant that it was remastered in a mysterious basement somewhere taken from a print that can't count itself higher than 8mm. It really is too bad, given that this is one of my favorite movies. A film that makes a comedy out of being a Private Eye, puts Bob Hope in the role of a baby photographer that takes the place of his P.I. friend when he goes out of town for a couple of days. Bob Hope is quick and funny and it's not campy, but quite witty and an enjoyable watch. There are no good transfers out yet that I've seen of this film and I jumped at this when I saw "remastered" in the title. The transfer here is completely average, not great, but watchable with some skipping of audio throughout as well. The studio for this DVD review is A2ZCDS. The price isn't exactly low either, that's why I figured that it was legit. I should have jumped back instead.

Movie-5 Stars

Transfer-2.5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on May 2, 2004
Format: DVD
This review refers to the Alpha (Gotham Distribution, as listed on Amazon) version of this movie on DVD. The print used for this DVD is absolutely horrible. The opening credits are barely readable, and the movie itself looks murky and has tons of scratches and dust. It's a shame that Alpha couldn't find a better print, but from some of the reviews I've read it seems that some other companies have had the same problem. It would be better not to release it at all than to use such a bad print. This is a really fun movie, and it deserves a lot better than this. Wait for a cleaner copy to surface - one will eventually.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Heimskiöld on March 26, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD-production [is bad]! The movie itself is a real good one with beautifully acting performances. Although the dvd-edition do not cost a fortune, it's more like a lousy super-8 after running threw the projector one million times! I'm truly disappointed. The movie is worth much better treatment.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on February 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Bob Hope made many movies for Paramount during the 1940's when he was at the peak of his career. "My Favorite Brunette" is one of the best and is well written with some very funny comic situations. Hope is reunited with his co-star from the "Road" series - Dorothy Lamour - and they work well together. "Brunette" has an impressive supporting cast including Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr, John Hoyt, Ann Doran, Reginald Denny, Ray Teal, Jack la Rue, and features a couple of surprise star cameos.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By larryj1 on July 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This print of My Favorite Brunette from Brentwood is a decent print compared to most, but seems in one spot to be a bit out-of-sync. This is one of those films it is hard to find a really good print of. Still looking.
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The film opens in San Quentin, with the warden granting the imprisoned Ronnie Jackson the privelege of telling his story to a bevy of reporters before he is executed. As Ronnie spins his tale, the camera pans back in time to San Francisco as Ronnie plies his baby photography trade. Ronnie has always wanted to be a part of the McCloud Detective Agency. He gets a chance when McCloud is away and the Baroness Carlotta Montay assumes Ronnie is a real private eye and hires him to search for her missing husband (later, she changes it to a missing uncle). Soon, Ronnie is nose-deep in side-splitting danger, mysterious maps, escapades in a brooding mansion and a shady sanitorium, and potentially crazy brunettes.

With this 1947 thriller-comedy, Bob Hope is back in perilous surroundings. 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 locations. Everyone but Bob plays it straight and, if not for Bob's constant barrage of humor, this easily could have been a typical film noir. As it is, old Ski-nose zanily spins plenty of detective cliches.

Dorothy Lamour teams up again with familiar co-star Bob in this "Road"-less enterprise and makes the most of her sarong-free femme fatale role. There's a certain comfort level between Dorothy and Bob that translates very well onto the film. But just when you think this movie is Crosby-bereft, guess who has a cameo somewhere in the film? Charles Dingle, Frank Puglia and John Hoyt have nice supporting roles, 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.
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