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''My Favorite Blonde'' is a 1942 spy comedy directed by Sidney Landfield, starring Creator/BobHope and Madeleine Carroll.

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''My Favorite Blonde'' is a 1942 spy comedy directed by Sidney Landfield, starring Creator/BobHope and Madeleine Carroll.Creator/MadeleineCarroll.


* SkunkStripe: The scowling Nazi agent played by Gale Sondergaard sports one of these.


* WholePlotReference: A parody of Hitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.

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* WholePlotReference: A parody of Hitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.guys.
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Bob Hope had been raving about Madeleine Carroll on his radio show ever since seeing her in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'' in 1935. Thus it was only appropriate that after Carroll came to Hollywood, she would co-star with Hope. In fact, this film is basically a comedic remake of Hitchcock's version of ''The 39 Steps''. The popularity of this movie led Hope to star in similar comic spy films, ''My Favorite Brunette'' and ''My Favorite Spy''.

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Bob Hope had been raving about Madeleine Carroll on his radio show ever since seeing her in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'' in 1935. Thus it was only appropriate that after Carroll came to Hollywood, she would co-star with Hope. In fact, this film is basically a comedic remake of Hitchcock's version of ''The 39 Steps''. The popularity of this movie led Hope to star in similar comic spy films, ''My Favorite Brunette'' ''Film/MyFavoriteBrunette'' and ''My Favorite Spy''.


''My Favorite Blonde'' is a 1942 spy comedy directed by Sidney Landfield, starring Creator/BobHope and Madeleine Carroll. Carroll is Karen Bentley, a British secret agent carrying a scorpion stickpin that contains classified information on the planned route for a flight of Lockheed bombers from America to Britain. Nazi agents are trying to kill her almost as soon as she steps off the boat in New York, and while Karen is on the run, she stumbles into a vaudeville theater and the dressing room for Larry Haines (Hope), a comedian who has a stage act starring himself and his trained penguin, Percy. Karen ropes Larry into helping her, and romance and comedy ensue as they travel cross-country to Los Angeles with the classified info, murderous Nazi agents in pursuit.

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''My Favorite Blonde'' is a 1942 spy comedy directed by Sidney Landfield, starring Creator/BobHope and Madeleine Carroll. Carroll is

Karen Bentley, Bentley (Carroll) is a British secret agent carrying a scorpion stickpin that contains classified information on the planned route for a flight of Lockheed bombers from America to Britain. Nazi agents are trying to kill her almost as soon as she steps off the boat in New York, and while Karen is on the run, she stumbles into a vaudeville theater and the dressing room for Larry Haines (Hope), a comedian who has a stage act starring himself and his trained penguin, Percy. Karen ropes Larry into helping her, and romance and comedy ensue as they travel cross-country to Los Angeles with the classified info, murderous Nazi agents in pursuit.



* WholePlotReference: A parody of Hitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.

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* WholePlotReference: A parody of Hitchcock's ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.


Bob Hope had been raving about Madeleine Carroll on his radio show ever since seeing her in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' in 1935. Thus it was only appropriate that after Carroll came to Hollywood, she would co-star with Hope. In fact, this film is basically a comedic remake of Hitchcock's version of ''The 39 Steps''. The popularity of this movie led Hope to star in similar comic spy films, ''My Favorite Brunette'' and ''My Favorite Spy''.

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Bob Hope had been raving about Madeleine Carroll on his radio show ever since seeing her in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'' in 1935. Thus it was only appropriate that after Carroll came to Hollywood, she would co-star with Hope. In fact, this film is basically a comedic remake of Hitchcock's version of ''The 39 Steps''. The popularity of this movie led Hope to star in similar comic spy films, ''My Favorite Brunette'' and ''My Favorite Spy''.



* WholePlotReference: A satire of Hitchcock's ''The 39 Steps'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.

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* WholePlotReference: A satire parody of Hitchcock's ''The ''Film/{{The 39 Steps'', Steps|1935}}'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.

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* CutTheLines: Larry and Karen find this out when they are trapped inside the Chicago apartment where they were supposed to meet the next British courier. Unable to call for help and unable to leave with Nazi killers lurking outside, they wind up staging a brawl loud enough to bring the cops to the apartment.

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* CutTheLines: CutPhoneLines: Larry and Karen find this out when they are trapped inside the Chicago apartment where they were supposed to meet the next British courier. Unable to call for help and unable to leave with Nazi killers lurking outside, they wind up staging a brawl loud enough to bring the cops to the apartment.

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* IndecisiveParody: Nonstop jokes from Hope, a cute penguin waddling around--but after all, there are actual Nazi agents trying to kill the heroes.

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* RoadTripPlot: Larry and Karen traveling from New York to Los Angeles by train, bus, stolen plane, and stolen car, chased by Nazis the whole way.


* CutThePhoneLines: Larry and Karen find this out when they are trapped inside the Chicago apartment where they were supposed to meet the next British courier. Unable to call for help and unable to leave with Nazi killers lurking outside, they wind up staging a brawl loud enough to bring the cops to the apartment.

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* CutThePhoneLines: CutTheLines: Larry and Karen find this out when they are trapped inside the Chicago apartment where they were supposed to meet the next British courier. Unable to call for help and unable to leave with Nazi killers lurking outside, they wind up staging a brawl loud enough to bring the cops to the apartment.

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''My Favorite Blonde'' is a 1942 spy comedy directed by Sidney Landfield, starring Creator/BobHope and Madeleine Carroll. Carroll is Karen Bentley, a British secret agent carrying a scorpion stickpin that contains classified information on the planned route for a flight of Lockheed bombers from America to Britain. Nazi agents are trying to kill her almost as soon as she steps off the boat in New York, and while Karen is on the run, she stumbles into a vaudeville theater and the dressing room for Larry Haines (Hope), a comedian who has a stage act starring himself and his trained penguin, Percy. Karen ropes Larry into helping her, and romance and comedy ensue as they travel cross-country to Los Angeles with the classified info, murderous Nazi agents in pursuit.

Bob Hope had been raving about Madeleine Carroll on his radio show ever since seeing her in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' in 1935. Thus it was only appropriate that after Carroll came to Hollywood, she would co-star with Hope. In fact, this film is basically a comedic remake of Hitchcock's version of ''The 39 Steps''. The popularity of this movie led Hope to star in similar comic spy films, ''My Favorite Brunette'' and ''My Favorite Spy''.

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* ActionPrologue: The opening scene features a Nazi bad guy shooting a British agent on the boat, followed by the dying British agent giving the stickpin to Karen.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: It certainly does when a Nazi assassin flings a dagger, narrowly missing Larry but sticking fast in the door.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: As Larry is kissing Karen at the end, he looks at the camera and says "Quite an improvement." This is a reference to the ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures, in which it was always Bing Crosby and never Hope who got Dorothy Lamour.
* BriefAccentImitation: Karen is pretty good at assuming a loud American accent.
* TheCameo: Creator/BingCrosby as a Teamster who gives Hope directions.
* CelebrityParadox: In one scene Larry turns on the radio and hears Bob Hope's radio show.
--> '''Larry''': I can't stand that guy.
* ComfortingComforter: Larry puts his coat over Karen while she's sleeping on the roof.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: A remorseful Karen tells Larry to make his escape and get out of this situation while they are hiding out on a roof. Larry starts down the stairs before changing his mind and going back--although as he admits to himself, it might be less about his conscience and more about how good-looking Karen is.
* CreepyMortician: Larry and Karen's rendezvous with the British agent in Los Angeles takes place at a funeral home, and a suitably creepy mortician greets them. He's in league with the bad guys.
* CutThePhoneLines: Larry and Karen find this out when they are trapped inside the Chicago apartment where they were supposed to meet the next British courier. Unable to call for help and unable to leave with Nazi killers lurking outside, they wind up staging a brawl loud enough to bring the cops to the apartment.
* FollowThatCar: "Follow that cab!" says Larry when Karen takes off with his suitcase. Unfortunately the cab then takes off without him in it.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: A British agent gets shot but manages to pass the stickpin on to Carroll shortly before the boat docks in New York.
* LiteralAssKicking: Larry to Karen during the fake fight staged to bring police.
* LovableCoward: Hope's standard role. He steps up when it matters, but he's still terrified.
* MacGuffin: A particularly nonsensical one. Karen tells Larry that she can't just transmit the routing data for the bomber flight over the telephone because it's encrypted--which of course does not explain why the RAF back in England can't just transmit the data.
* MeetCute: Karen barging into Larry's dressing room, and then making advances towards him to get him to help her.
* OminousFog: Plenty of it in the opening scene as the ship pulls into port in New York.
* SkunkStripe: The scowling Nazi agent played by Gale Sondergaard sports one of these.
* WholePlotReference: A satire of Hitchcock's ''The 39 Steps'', including a scene where the male lead is roped into making a speech while fleeing from the bad guys.

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