My Favourite Brunette (1947)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1947Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by . Production Design by Hans Dreier, .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

is on death row waiting to be executed for murder and is visited by curious reporters who want to know his story.  He flashes back to some time earlier when he was working as a portrait photographer, renting an office next to a private investigator (played in a tongue-in-cheek cameo by Alan Ladd).  When gorgeous visits Ladd’s office and the dick isn’t there to take her call, Hope steps in pretending to be ready for the job and, since she’s a hottie, decides to help her locate her missing uncle.  This immediately plunges him into a dangerous conspiracy involving murderers, scientists and kidnapped witnesses that has him pinned for killing someone while trying the entire time to get Lamour into his embrace.  If you’ve seen enough film noirs from this era you’ll have a good time seeing the genre sent up by Hope’s insouciant personality and the clever in-jokes (including a very funny cameo by the main couple’s Road movie co-star Bing Crosby), but it doesn’t quite zing effortlessly and a lot of the humour feels labored.

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