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My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 October 1942 (Mexico)
Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Melvin Frank (story), Norman Panama (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Larry Haines
Madeleine Carroll ... Karen Bentley
Gale Sondergaard ... Madame Stephanie Runick
George Zucco ... Dr. Hugo Streger
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Karl
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Wallace Faber
Victor Varconi ... Miller
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... Lanz
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Topley
Edward Gargan ... Mulrooney
James Burke ... Union Secretary
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Turk O'Flaherty
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Ulrich - Henchman
Dooley Wilson ... Porter
Milton Parsons ... Mortician
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Larry Haines, a mediocre vaudeville entertainer, boards a train bound for Los Angeles. Is Hollywood waiting for him with open arms? Not really as the one he signed a contract for is Percy, his roller-skating penguin partner! But, as the proverb says, the shadow of glory is better than no glory at all! Anyway, doesn't Larry meet a woman on the train? And a blonde one! And a British agent into the bargain! The delicious creature who is carrying a coded message hidden in a brooch and is being pursued by Nazi agents. She will need Larry (and Percy)'s help to elude her pursuers and to get the secret information to destination. The mission will be accomplished, although in an eventful and hilarious way... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

When singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" on the bus, Hope imitates Bing Crosby's "boo-boo-boo" singing style. See more »

Goofs

When the penguin roller skates down the ramp in the stage act, wires are visible on the skates. See more »

Quotes

Larry Haines: "Is that your real hair or did you scalp an angel?"
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Crazy Credits

The opening title cards read: "Bob Hope who calls Madeleine Carroll 'My Favorite Blonde'". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played during the Haines and Percy vaudeville act
Reprised for subsequent acts
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A great intro to Bob Hope
26 July 2009 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

My Favorite Blonde is not just one of Hope's very best films, but an excellent introduction for new fans. Hope's usual roles were as a vaudevillian or radio comedian who finds himself having to reluctantly participate in some dangerous intrigue which is way over his head, and this movie shows the formula at its cleanest and most smoothly executed. Madeleine Carroll plays a British agent delivering a coded message who has run afoul of Nazis operating in the U.S., and Hope, a ne'er do well road company performer who does an act with a penguin, meets her on a train and bravely (well, sort of bravely) pitches in to keep her safe. The cloak and dagger nonsense on the train is a deft nod to Carroll's star-making turn in The 39 Steps, and this movie has much of that earlier film's energy. Carroll and Hope banter amusingly as they are chased across half of the U.S. The bright dialogue is the film's best feature and Hope's reluctant hero persona, introduced in The Cat and The Canary and Ghost Breakers, is a fully polished comic gem at the the film's center. The look of the film is very 'film noir' with looming shadows and danger on staircases and other now-familiar devices, but it still comes off as fresh entertainment even now. This one movie alone was enough to convince me that Hope is one of the great comic actors in all of movie history and this is an excellent showcase of what he could do. Also a must see for fans of the deliciously sinister Gale Sondergaard, here at something near her best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi rubia favorita See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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