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My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 4 April 1947 (USA)
Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (original screenplay), Jack Rose (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Ronnie Jackson
Dorothy Lamour ... Carlotta Montay
Peter Lorre ... Kismet
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Willie (as Lon Chaney)
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
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Storyline

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He's a hilarious hawkshaw... with a case on Dottie!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Private Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hope Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a Paramount press release, Dorothy Lamour wears a dress by legendary costume designer Edith Head made out of 14-karat gold cloth from the last of the studio's pre-war stock. See more »

Goofs

A shot of the plane landing is flipped: the writing on the tail is backwards. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Jackson: You may not know this, but I wasn't always a detective. Before they pinned this murder rap on me I had one of the sweetest little set-ups in San Francisco.
Reporter: A legitimate business?
Ronnie Jackson: Better than legitimate. It was profitable.
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Connections

Spoofs Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

'Murder,' He Says
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played on the phonograph
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Director's grandson's comments
6 April 2004 | by gerstadSee all my reviews

Bing Crosby's cameo in "My Favorite Brunette" bob hope and bing crosby had an arraingement to do cameos in each other's movies, however, bing had already done a cameo in bob's last movie, so it wasn't bing's turn. Bob wanted bing to do this cameo so badly that bob offered to pay bing $5000. which bing donated to charity. Bing Crosby walked on set, skipped makeup, ( already made up from another movie he was shooting on the lot), stopped at wardrobe, (which consisted of donning a prison guard shirt), and did his bit in one take, leaving the soundstage in just 5 minutes, making a Hollywood record for the most money per minute payed to an actor. scource: My grandfather, Elliott Nugent, directed this movie and wrote about it in his autobiography "Events Leading up to the Comedy" Oh yeah, about Alan Ladd playing the private eye, Elliott Nugent directed him in 'The Great Gatsby". Jonathan Elliott


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