My Favorite Brunette - Digitally Remastered
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A photographer is framed for murder while searching for a missing baron.
Bob Hope stars as Ronnie Jackson, a baby photographer who is asked to care of his private-eye neighbor’s office. When Baroness Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour) mistakes him for a detective and asks him to find her missing uncle, he agrees to help the irresistible bombshell. However, he soon finds himself in over his head as he encounters a variety of sinister characters wrapped up in the man’s disappearance.
Directed by Elliott Nugent and featuring cameo appearances by Bing Crosby and Alan Ladd, My Favorite Brunette lampoons the film noir detective stories popular in the 1940s.
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There have been so many rubbishy public domain releases of Road to Bali & Rio, with the quality ranging from horrendous all the way up to almost acceptable. But thanks to the good folks at Shout Factory and Fremantle, finally here is a set with decent picture and sound quality. Bali is clear with vivid eye-popping Technicolor; Rio is in crisp black & white. Both are from prints far superior to anything I've seen before. As noted in a previous review, My Favorite Brunette is also looking rather dandy.
This is the one to get. Accept no other.
- "My Favourite Brunette" is a very funny satire of of the private eye films such as "The Maltese Falcon". Dorothy Lamour is very droll here, always at her best with Hope and the film has an excellent supporting cast.
- Two "Road" films are included. Neither "Rio" nor "Bali" are the best in the series but any "Road" picture is way ahead of most screen comedies of the time and Hope always brought the best out in Crosby. "Rio" is in technicolour and looks great.
- "The Lemon Drop Kid" is a typical sentimental Damon Runyon yarn about the characters around Broadway, the old dames and the gangsters. Hope fits in well but the sentiment is laid on thick and dates the film. He does perform an hilarious bit in drag which is worth the rest of the film put together
- "The Seven Little Foys" really stretches Hope in the biography of Eddie Foy and his brood. The star dispenses with his regular mugging, does not play for sympathy and does maybe his best straight acting ever. The highlight is his dance with Jimmy Cagney as George M Cohan. This is also an excellent technicolour print.
The set contains no extras except a few theatrical trailers.
The print of "Road to Bali" is absolutely the best I have ever seen (and I have owned other VHS & DVD versions). I would challenge M. Tracy to reveal what he or she considers to be a superior transfer of "Bali" as I have never seen a version this sharp with colors this vibrant.
The print of "Rio" is good - not on the same level as "Bali," but still a cut above what one usually finds on public domain releases.
As far as subject matter, I love and own all of the "Road" pictures, but consider "Bali" to be the series' highpoint.
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