HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
You Don't Nomi
Man from the Alamo, The
Vast of Night, The
Furies, The
Days of the Bagnold Summer
Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975, The
Apartment 1BR
1776
Parasite
Looking On the Bright Side
Take Me Somewhere Nice
Simon
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  My Favorite Brunette Clever Dick
Year: 1947
Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr, Charles Dingle, John Hoyt, Reginald Denny, Frank Puglia, Ann Doran, Willard Robertson, Jack La Rue, Charles Arnt, Jean Wong, Alan Ladd, Bing Crosby
Genre: Comedy, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: In San Quentin prison, Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) is on death row for a murder he was convicted of but didn't commit. As he awaits execution, a group of reporters bustle in and ask for Ronnie's story which he is only too happy to give to them. It all started when he was in his usual line of work as a San Francisco baby photographer and having finished with one tricky customer for the day he went over to the office next to his, which belonged to private detective Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd). Ronnie was always asking to be given a job by McCloud, but always turned down, so when the sleuth went out of town and asked him to answer his calls, Ronnie saw his chance...

My Favorite Brunette, scripted by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose, was not a sequel to My Favorite Blonde, or a prequel to My Favorite Spy, but featured an unrelated plot altogether - why couldn't they have cast Maureen O'Hara or Deborah Kerr for a My Favorite Redhead? Anyway, while Blonde was almost a spoof on the Alfred Hitchcock spy thrillers, Brunette was a spoof on the hardboiled detective fiction of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, only with an incompetent coward as its hero instead of a more capable investigator.

Being a Bob Hope movie, of course, the witty wisecracks remain, and this sort of comedy thriller often suited his style of clowning best: put him in a dangerous situation and listen to the jokes he fires off as he tries to get out of it. This particular dangerous situation starts with the old cliché of a beautiful woman walking into Ronnie's office (well, McCloud's office really - Ladd is never seen again after his quick cameo) and wanting help desperately. Always a sucker for a pretty face, Ronnie is only too glad to assist Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour, familiar from Hope's Road pictures) who tells him her invalid husband is in grave peril and wishes Ronnie to hide a map for her.

But all is not as it seems, as Ronnie soon finds out when he follows Carlotta to her mansion home in the hills. One thing that Hope needs for successful laughs is a villain to fight against, and in this film he's up against a host of them. Chief baddie is Major Montague (Charles Dingle), a Southern U.S. military man who is not what he claims to be. Better than him is Kismet, Peter Lorre in full on slimey mode, a knife throwing, light-fingered henchman who Ronnie amusingly calls "Cuddles", and Lon Chaney jr as Willie, a hulking spoof of his Lenny character from Of Mice and Men who cracks walnuts in the crook of his elbow.

All these schemers try to convince Ronnie that Carlotta is schizophrenic ("And how is she mentally?") to scare him away from their plot, leading to a expertly judged scene where an oblivious Lamour chases Hope around the room while holding a knife. One car chase later and Ronnie has all the proof he needs that there's something sinister going on and ends up at a sanitarium to track down Carlotta, with a silly golfing sequence letting us know who the star of the show is (I suppose it's fair enough as Lamour gets to sing). Never pausing for breath, My Favorite Brunette is not often hilarious, but prompts chuckles pretty consistently as a sharp send up of the private eye genre, with Hope's narration a bonus and the indignities heaped upon him adding to the fun. But why didn't Carlotta interrupt Ronnie's trial? Plot convenience, I guess. Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 6116 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: