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Matinee: 'My Favorite Brunette' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

21 December 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the twelfth in our series of Saturday matinees today: My Favorite Brunette starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour with a cameo by, well, you'll have to wait to the end to find out. Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney also appear in this Elliott Nugent film which features costumes by Edith Head, no less.

It's not a holiday film but it's still a favorite this time of year. Always settles down the relatives.

Made in 1947 and set in San Francisco, it's a full-length feature film, a good hour and half, so make some popcorn and pour yourself one. Hope plays a baby photographer, which is a bit like W.C. Fields playing a nannie. Lamour plays Hope.

Here's the official plot synopsis from the Internet Movie Database:

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?

With Ronnie already on death row in San Quentin as the movie opens, there's little, um, hope he can. But hope springs eternal. Especially if that happens to be your name.

Hope you enjoy it!

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