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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Friday, September 16, 2005


Bob Hope

BOB HOPE (1903-2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an altruistic person whose sheer joy and enthusiasm for life was evident in his films. Of course, he made fun of himself and would have us see him as a cheapskate and a coward, but don't believe it!

The Paleface (1948)Haven't you seen The Paleface (1948)? The perfect showcase for Bob--a wimpy guy caught in the midst of a situation he didn't quite understand. To the rescue comes Jane Russell in one of her first big roles, an Amazon with a heart of gold!

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Fancy Pants (1950) What better combination than Lucy and Bob? They fine-tuned their particular brands of physical comedy to come up with one that is a real gem.
Road to Zanzibar (1941) What list could be without a Crosby-Hope collaboration. The "Road" pictures showed how much the two enjoyed each others' company, and we get to join in the fun. This is my personal favorite of the "Road" films.
The Princess and the Pirate (1944) A strong cast and funny plot make this one of Bob's best. Virginia Mayo was gorgeous, Walter Brennan was hilarious, and the villains (played by Victor McLaglen and Walter Slezak) were suitably seamy. Plus there's a cameo by my favorite crooner.
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) Joan Caulfield had to be one of the prettiest actresses of her day. The setting in French Revolutionary times gives Bob the chance to wear powdered wigs and knickers, and he's as funny as ever here. Another one that's great fun.

*Contributed by: "Sue Horn" Date: Sat, May 26 2001 / 15:17:09 PST

Academy Awards®
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1940 Honorary and Other Awards: In recognition of his unselfish services to the Motion Picture Industry. Winner presented a Special Silver Plaque.
1944 Honorary and Other Awards: For his many services to the Academy, a Life Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
1952 Honorary and Other Awards: For his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise. Winner presented a Statuette.
1959 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
1965 Honorary and Other Awards: For unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy. Winner presented a Gold Medal.