My Favorite Brunette

HE’S A HILARIOUS HAWKSHAW… WITH A CASE ON DOTTIE!

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) is mistaken for a private eye; when an attractive brunette (Dorothy Lamour) hires him to find a missing person, he doesn’t mind going along with the fantasy. The director is reunited with Hope for, not a sequel to My Favorite Blonde (1942), but a spoof of all the film-noir thrillers of the period, with the star as a less-than-brave gumshoe who has a wisecrack for every dangerous situation he’s in. Hope is funny and the movie well-paced, even though the story is for the birds. Straight-faced supporting performances by the likes of Peter Lorre help.

1947-U.S. 87 min. B/W. Directed by Elliott Nugent. Cast: Bob Hope (Ronnie Jackson), Dorothy Lamour (Carlotta Montay), Peter Lorre (Kismet), Lon Chaney, Jr., John Hoyt, Reginald Denny. Cameos: Alan Ladd, Bing Crosby.

 

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