My Favorite Brunette is a 1947 American romantic comedy film directed by Elliott Nugent and starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
Written by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose, the film is about a baby photographer on death row in San Quentin State Prison who tells reporters his history. While taking care of his private-eye neighbor’s office, he is asked by an irresistible baroness to find a missing baron, which initiates a series of confusing but sinister events in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium. Spoofing movie detectives and the film noir style, the film features Lon Chaney, Jr. playing Willie, a character based on his Of Mice and Men role Lennie; Peter Lorre as Kismit, a comic take on his many film noir roles; and cameo appearances by film noir regular Alan Ladd and Hope partner Bing Crosby. Sequences were filmed in San Francisco and Pebble Beach, California.
My Favorite Brunette
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Produced by Daniel Dare
Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose
Starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Ellsworth Hoagland
Production company Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates March 19, 1947
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States