September 23, 2009

My Favorite Brunette On-Screen, Sept. 23, 2009

The comedy-mystery My Favorite Brunette (Paramount, 1947) is the Curator’s Choice for September at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Bob Hope stars as baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, who longs to be a private detective like his next door office neighbor Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd). He gets the chance when he’s mistaken for McCloud by Dorothy Lamour. Hired to find her missing uncle, Ronnie gets more than he bargained for when he runs up against a gang of criminals led by Major Simon Montague (Charles Dingle) and his “hitman” Kismet (Peter Lorre).

The film begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are free.

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is located in two separate buildings. My Favorite Brunette will be shown in the Akeley Building, at 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, Michigan.

For more information, contact the museum at (616) 842-0700.

To help publicize My Favorite Brunette, Peter Lorre made a guest appearance on Bob Hope’s radio program, The Pepsodent Show, on May 13, 1947. With a little “creep” music from Pepsodent Show bandleader Desi Arnaz, Hope and Lorre spoof the radio series Inner Sanctum Mysteries.


Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Cheryl: Thanks a million for the nice note you sent to Uncle Eddie's Theory Corner. Wow! What a great site you have here...and Lorre really does deserve the attention! Lorre's the kind of stylized actor that writers love to write for, and audiences love to see. He's the indispensable (spelled right?) type that you can build a genre around. I get a zillion ideas just by thinking about him!

Cheryl Morris said...

Thank YOU very much for the nice comment, Eddie! I enjoy your blog, too. Peter's been my favorite actor since 1973. I agree -- he the kind of actors that writers could write well for. He was also considered a "director's actor" because he could bring whatever a director needed to a film. Unfortunately for Peter, that too-often meant being a "Peter Lorre type" instead of his own talent . . .