Just as Bob Hope's My Favorite Blonde (1942) was a takeoff on Alfred Hitchcock, Hope's My Favorite Brunette was a lampoon of the noirish "hard-boiled detective" school popularized by Raymond Chandler. Awaiting execution on death row, Hope tells the gathered reporters how he got into his present predicament. It seems that Hope was once a baby photographer, his office adjacent to the one leased by a private detective (played in an amusing unbilled cameo by Alan Ladd). While hanging around the p.i.'s office, Hope is mistaken for the detective by beautiful client Dorothy Lamour. She hires Hope to search for her missing uncle, and also entrusts him with a valuable map. Hope's diligent (if inept) sleuthing takes him to a shady rest sanitarium, where he runs afoul of lamebrained henchman Lon Chaney, Jr. and sinister, knife-throwing Peter Lorre. Both are in the employ of attorney Charles Dingle, who is responsible for the disappearance of Lamour's uncle. Escaping the sanitarium with Lamour in tow, Hope follows the trail of evidence to noted geologist Reginald Denny. The geologist is murdered, and Hope is accused of the crime.~Hal Erickson
I've been looking for an official release of this movie for years and I finally have it. There are lots of public domain DVDs and tapes of My Favorite Brunette but they all suffer from low quality and a washed out picture but this release is about the best you're going to get of this classic movie. Looks good with no skipped frames!
Hope and Lamour at their best and Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. along for the ride in a fun movie where everyone but Hope plays it straight! I love the golf scene where Hope kinda breaks character when playing against an asylum inmate. He takes his golf seriously.
No extras other than scenes from other releases by the company. I miss these kind of movies but glad to see there are companies still willing to bring them to dvd/blu ray for old geezers like me.
I would recommend this to a friend
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