An accomplished vaudeville actor in his own right, Elliott Nugent later became the celebrated director of such immortal Hollywood classics as The Seven Year Itch (with Marilyn Monroe) and The Great Gatsby. He was always Hollywood comedian Bob Hopeís favorite director, and it is evident from gems like My Favorite Brunette that they made extremely lucrative screen music together - the film was a runaway hit and continues to charm audiences to the present day. Elliott Nugentís uniquely different outlook on life can best be gleaned from his classic autobiography Events Leading Up To The Comedy.
Running Time: 86 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) tells the press a tragic tale just before his scheduled execution for murder. He wanted nothing more than to be a private detective like his charismatic office partner Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd in a cameo) whom he impersonates when dazzlingly beautiful Baroness Carlotta Montey (Dorothy Lamour) walks in to seek help. She tells an intriguing tale of greed and subterfuge revolving around Baron Montay (Frank Puglia) whose relationship with her seems to range from uncle to husband. At the center of an elaborate plot appears to be a geological map that is later revealed to lead to an invaluable source of raw uranium.
In on the game are the bewilderingly multifaceted Asian Kismet (Peter Lorre) , Major Simon Montague (Charles Dingle) and bouncer Willie (Lon Chaney). The stage is set for an ingenious and hilariously confused scheme. Given to believe that the beautiful Carlotta is in fact a raving schizophrenic, Ronnie tries to edge out of the commission to safeguard the map and protect her, but matters have gone beyond his volition. His bumbling efforts to do his job take both him and the Baroness to a mental asylum, the aristocratic dining room of the Poulet Díor and Washingtonís Pilgrim Hotel. The way is littered with detective action of the kind that would have Raymond Chandler spinning in his grave.
Ronnieís efforts to untangle the situation do little but complicate it further. He is philosophically resigned to getting gassed to death for a murder he didnít commit. End of the story? Find out for yourself, if you havenít died laughing by then....
When baby photographer Ronnie Jackson gets his wish to be a true-blue detective, he has no idea what heís in for. The beautiful Baroness Montey, however, manages to subdue what remains of his good sense, hands him a mysterious map and soon has him embroiled in a hilarious investigation that lands him in a lunatic asylum, has him framed for murder and finally admitting that heís totally out of his depth. Itís too late for second thoughts, though, because the entire bunch of schemers have vanished and left him to face the gas chamber.
Thereís no more hope of saving the priceless deposit of crysolite. Thereís no hope of making it with the bewitchingly beautiful Baroness Carlotta Montey. Thereís no hope of even saving his own neck any more. The press have the story and proceed to the gas chamberís viewing gallery to watch him die. Itís just not fair...
Legendary comedian Bob Hope once again proves that he is second to none when it comes to having his audience in splits in My Favorite Brunette. The film is generously seeded with the kind of hilarious one-liners and verbal comebacks that immortalized Hope in the Hollywood Hall of Fame.
"Bob Hope is at his funniest in My Favorite Brunette, and he spoofs the whole gumshoe genre so effectively that I had tears of laughter in my eyes despite being a hardcore detective novel fan. Honestly, Hollywood lost one of its greatest comedians with his exit. I strongly recommend this classic feature film to all comedy aficionados and lovers of good films."
Clarke Bautista (Mesa, Arizona)
"A2ZCDS has given me many outstanding films since I started buying form them, but this has to be among the best! Watch Bob Hope in My Favorite Brunette and you will have apoplectic fits of laughter. The man was pure genius when it came to tickling your funny bone. I love the way he makes fun of himself and the rest of the cast with equal ease."
Harry H. Wendell (Arvada, Colorado)
John Hoyt - Dr. Lundau
Charles Dingle - Major Simon Montague
Reginald Denny - James Collins
Frank Puglia - Baron Montay
Ann Doran - Miss Rogers
Willard Robertson - Prison Warden
Jack La Rue - Tony
Charles Arnt - Crawford
Anthony Caruso - First man on Death Row (uncredited)
Jack Chefe - Henri (head waiter) (uncredited)
Jack Clifford - Prison guard captain (uncredited)
Charles Cooley - Waiter (uncredited)
Bing Crosby - Harry (the executioner) (uncredited)
Jack Rose - Writing Credits
Lionel Lindon - Cinematography
Ellsworth Hoagland- Editor
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