Comedy: Bob Hope

 

Bob Hope:

Bob Hope was a Comedian, born in London and moved to Bristol before immigrating with his parents to the US in

 

1908. After some years on the stage as a dancer and comedian, he made his first film appearance in The Big

 

Broadcast of 1938 (1938) singing "Thanks for the Memories", which became his signature tune.

 

In partnership with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, he appeared in the highly successful "Road to ..." comedies

 

(1940-1952) and in many others until the early 1970s. He made a total of 52 movies.

 

While continuing to make money at the box office, Hope was also starring in his long running NBC radio program,

 

which was distinguished by its sharp topical humor and censor-baiting risqué material. But it was not so much his show business earnings as his profitable real estate deals and holdings that formed the basis of Hope's immense personal fortune.

 

In the midst of all his media clowning during World War II, Hope worked tirelessly as a U.S.O. entertainer for troops

 

in the U.S. and abroad — so much so that he was unable to make any films at all in 1944. In 1950, Hope inaugurated  a long-term television contract with NBC, which resulted in more than 40 years worth of periodic specials that never  failed to sweep the ratings. He also later hosted (and occasionally starred in) an Emmy-winning '60s anthology series,  Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre.

 

During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars he spent much time entertaining the troops in the field. For

these activities and for his continued contributions to the industry he was given a special Academy Award on five

 occasions.

 

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1. My Favorite Brunette (1947) – Bob Hope:

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope), on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap? Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap?  Two cameos in the film were notorious because they are un-credited and unexpected: Alan Ladd, and Bing Crosby. Others in the film are Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.,

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