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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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Storyline

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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): William Irving (Waiter), Mike Lally (Chicago Taxi Driver). 'Frank Marlowe' (Chicago Taxi Driver) and William Lally (Telegraph Operator). See more »

Goofs

When Hope and Carroll discover that Carroll's "contact" is actually an enemy spy, they grab the scarab with the secret message and successfully escape. But before Hope and Carroll grabbed the scarab, the phony "contact" was just about to use a code book to decipher the writing on the scarab. Hope and Carroll did not have the code book with them when they arrived at the airfield just as the war planes were about to leave for England. How did they decipher the message and send the planes via the correct route? See more »

Quotes

Karen Bentley: Mr. Haines, you're not listening to me.
Larry Haines: Yes, I am. I said every word you heard.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Followed by My Favorite Spy (1951) See more »

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Easily carried by a great wise cracking Hope
1 September 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Larry Haines is a vaudeville entertainer who's act involves a roller skating penguin. He becomes entangled in a war time plot when British agent Karen Bentley is forced to use him as cover to help her get American bomber plans into the right hands and keep it safe from the Nazis.

It's a shame that this film has eluded me until the great man himself has actually died, but it was to mark his passing that this film got screened on television recently. The plot is largely meaningless but is good natured and involving enough to keep the film moving along as a thriller of sorts. However it is really no more than a nail from which to hang a series of quips, one liners and wise cracks from Bob Hope. These are scripted well and the film manages to be very funny even more than half a century later.

Hope is at his best here as the cowardly, self-depreciating performer who is sucked into the plot with his trademark unwillingness. His lines are still sharp and his delivery here is as good as some of his best work. Madeline Carroll was never going to be able to share the limelight with Hope given that she has to carry the plot side of the film, however she does really well and has some laughs herself. The nazis fail to make a significant mark in the film and I struggle to remember them other than stooges even a short time after watching the film.

Regardless of this, the film should and will be enjoyed for it's main selling point – the wise cracking comedy of Bob Hope. This film seems to be forgotten against some of his other works but it is a fine example of the wisecracks, jokes and delivery that made Bob Hope famous years after he left show business and will keep him famous for many more years yet.


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