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My Favorite Blonde (1942)

My Favorite Blonde (1942)

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Each of Bob Hope's "My Favorite" films (My Favorite Blonde, My Favorite Brunette, My Favorite Spy) was, by accident or design, a parody of a dead-serious movie genre. 1942's My Favorite Blonde, for example, was a takeoff of Alfred Hitchcock in general and Hitchcock's 39 Steps in particular. Two-bit vaudeville entertainer Hope gets mixed up with gorgeous blonde British-spy Madeline Carroll. The "maguffin" (Hitchcock's nickname for "gimmick") which ties the two stars together is a ring which contains the microfilmed plans for a revolutionary new bomber. Hope and Carroll are forced to take it on the lam when Hope is framed for murder by Nazi-agents Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco et. al. Highlights include Hope eluding capture by impersonating a famed psychologist (watch for Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Hope's most contentious "patient"). Madeline Carroll also got several opportunities to shine comedically, especially when she lapsed into cloying baby talk while posing as Hope's wife. Bob Hope was hesitant to work with My Favorite Blonde director Sidney Lanfield, having heard of Lanfield's reputation as an on-set dictator. However, the two got along so swimmingly that they would collaborate on such future top-notch Hope farces as Let's Face It (1943) and The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).

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Cast

Bob Hope
as Larry Haines
Madeleine Carroll
as Karen Bentley
Gale Sondergaard
as Mme. Stephanie Runick
George Zucco
as Dr. Hugo Streger
Charles Cane
as Turk O'Flaherty
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Topley
Edward Gargan
as Mulrooney
James Burke
as Union Secretary
Bing Crosby
as Man Giving Directions
Milton Parsons
as Mortician
Tom Fadden
as Tom Douglas
Addison Richards
as Herbert Wilson
Matthew Boulton
as Col. Ashmont
Wade Boteler
as Conductor
William Forrest
as Col. Raeburn
Isabel Randolph
as Frederick's Mother
Edward Hearn
as Train Official
Leyland Hodgson
as English Driver
Jack Luden
as Spectator
Mary Akin
as Spectator
Monte Blue
as Cops at Union Hall
Jack Clifford
as Cops at Union Hall
Dick Elliott
as Backstage Doorman
Arno Frey
as Male Nurse
Lloyd Whitlock
as Apartment Manager
Vernon Dent
as Ole, Bartender
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Weatherwax
Paul Scardon
as Dr. Higby
Bill Lally
as Telegraph Operator
Minerva Urecal
as Frozen-Faced Woman
James Millican
as Truck Driver
Edmund Cobb
as Yard Man
Jimmie Dodd
as Stuttering Boy
Eddie Dew
as Pilot
Art Miles
as Cop Outside Union Hall
Max Wagner
as Man with Truck
Charles R. Moore
as Pullman Porter
George Hickman
as Elevator Boy
Joe Recht
as Newsboy
Rex Moore
as Newsboy
Allan Ramsey
as Newsboy
David McKim
as Newsboy
Frank Mills
as New York Taxi Driver
Frank Marlowe
as Chicago Taxi Driver
Michael Lally
as Chicago Taxi Driver
Ciera Rose Allen
as Outraged Woman
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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Blonde

All Critics (6)

Lives up to its rep as one of Bob Hope's better comedies.

June 26, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Bob Hope's best comic-thriller vehicles… benefits from its semi-serious spy-thriller ambiance… and above all one of the more human, less caricatured, less one-dimensionally narcissistic characters in Hope's movie oeuvre.

August 10, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Decent Films Guide

Great comedy thriller. Probably Hope's best film.

December 1, 2002 | Rating: 5/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for My Favorite Blonde

Another very funny Bob Hope movie. It has humor, excitement, and a bit of suspense. If you're a fan this is a must see.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Great comedic moments from Hope in this classic.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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