My Favorite Brunette (April 4, 1947)

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Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour
 

Released on April 4, 1947: Bob Hope is a baby photographer with dreams of being a private eye who tries to help a dark-eyed dreamboat find her missing husband.

Produced by Bob Hope and Daniel Dare

Directed by Elliott Nugent

The Actors: Bob Hope (Ronnie Jackson), Dorothy Lamour (Baroness Carlotta Montay), Peter Lorre (Kismet), Lon Chaney Jr. (Willie), 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 (Oliver J. Crawford, sanitarium patient), Anthony Caruso (first man on death row), Jack Chefe (Henri, the head waiter), Jack Clifford (the prison guard Captain), Charles Cooley (waiter), Bing Crosby (Harry the executioner), Boyd Davis (Mr. Dawson), Tom Dillon (Cop), Mike Donovan (Kelly, police detective), Helena Phillips Evans (Mable), Betty Farrington (matron), Budd Fine (detective), James Flavin (Detective Leutenant 'Mac' Hennessey), Al Hill (State Trooper), Roland Soo Hoo (Baby Fong), Brandon Hurst (butler), Betty Hutton (herself singing, 'Murder, He Says'), Eddie Johnson (caddy), Richard Keene (reporter), Alan Ladd (Sam McCloud), George Lloyd (George, the prison guard Sergeant), Matt McHugh (the third man on death row), Charence Muse (the second man on death row), Garry Owen (reporter), James Pierce (detective), Ted Rand (waiter captain), Joe Recht (newsboy), Reginald Simpson (assistant hotel manager), Brick Sullivan (policeman leaving the station house), Ray Teal (State Trooper Sergeant), Harland Tucker (room clerk), John Tyrrell (the bell captain), John Westley (the Doctor), Jean Wong (Mrs. Fong)

 

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The Brunette with the Secret Map

Bob Hope was probably the most famous comedian of the twentieth century. He was born in Somerset, England, but the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was five years old. His father was a stonemason who helped build the bridge linking Lorain Avenue with downtown Cleveland Carnegie Avenue, now called the Hope Memorial Bridge. He is remembered for entertaining U.S. troops in the battlefields during World War II, the Korean conflict and the Viet Nam War. His first show business job was as a dancer for the Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle Vaudeville show when it was playing in Cleveland in 1924, and his final show business appearance was in a show he filmed for television in 1993, at the age of 93.

In this spoof of noir detective mysteries Bob Hope is Ronnie Jackson, a photographer of babies, with a dream of becoming a private eye. We first meet him as he is being led from a prison cell at San Quentin to a cell adjacent to the gas chamber . . . . He will soon be put to death for a murder that he says he did not commit. In his last minutes of life he will have the opportunity to tell his story to some reporters covering the execution, and we will flash back to experience that story.

The baby photographer has just finished taking pictures of an oriental youngster and when the mother and her young son leave, he walks next door to the office of a famous detective. He tells the detective that he just got his gun and is ready to become a private eye. He begs the famous detective to let him help on his next case, but the detective refuses.

Alan Ladd is detective Sam McCloud, and when the famous detective goes out of town for a few days he asks the baby photographer to watch the office and answer the phone and take messages. As soon as the famous detective leaves, a mysterious dark-haired beauty enters and locks the door behind her. Dorothy Lamour, as Baroness Carlotta Montay, needs the help of a good detective, and she believes that the baby photographer is actually the famous detective. She gives him a secret map and asks him to guard it with his life. The baby photographer who wants to be a private detective now has his opportunity, and he promises to help the mysterious woman find her kidnapped husband and keep the secret map away from the kidnappers.

Crime and Comedy have seldom been blended with as much skill as in this tale of mystery from 1947. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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Bob Hope kisses Dorothy Lamour
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