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My Favorite Brunette

My Favorite Brunette(1947)

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Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour's screen credits appear on a florist's greeting card which reads: "From Bob Hope to Dorothy Lamour." This film was the first production of Hope Enterprises, Inc. It was a sequel, in name only, to Hope's 1942 film My Favorite Blonde, which was this film's working title, in addition to The Private Eye. The film satirizes The Maltese Falcon, among other detective films. Alan Ladd makes a cameo appearance as a Detective Sam McCloud. Bing Crosby, who appeared throughout the 40s in the "Road to..." pictures as a friendly antagonist to Bob Hope, made an uncredited cameo appearance at the end of the film as Hope's would-be executioner. For more information on the "Road to..." pictures, in which Lamour also starred, consult the Series Index. My Favorite Brunette was Lamour's thirty-fifth picture, and during production, she celebrated her tenth anniversary at Paramount. The film marked Lon Chaney's first after leaving Universal Pictures. According to the Par News, the film includes shots of the one-million-dollar Paul Fagan mansion at Carmel, CA, on the Monterey Peninsula. Location shooting was also done in San Francisco, CA. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the gas chamber and condemned row at San Quentin prison were recreated for the execution scene. According to Par News, in the film, Lamour wears a 14-karat gold dress which costumer Edith Head made out of the last of the gold-plated cloth in the Paramount studio's pre-war stock.