BOB HOPE: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES REVIEWED
“Thanks for the Memories” allows the world to rediscover Bob Hope. While you know that he hosted Holiday Specials and supported the troops, he also had a hand at variety specials. Everyone loved to work with him and he wasn’t afraid of musical numbers. But, he also pushed for the cutesy. Not in the Donnie & Marie sense, but in the very dated even for the 60s and 70s sense.
There’s also the reliance on sponsors to carry the content. While that rings true to what Bob Hope did way back when, it still feels odd. Sure, we’re slicing apart elements of his career from a 30 year span. But, it’s not when the man was at his peak. That last point has been argued between me and site friends for the last week. It’s just when do you say a comedian is at his peak?
When he’s new, when he’s trusted and familiar or when he’s old? There’s something to age bringing legendary status. But, comedy thrives in its timeliness. Oh well, I still enjoyed it.
- Vintage bloopers
- Vintage highlights
- The 1967 USO Tour
- Historic clips
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
RELEASE DATE: 9/20/16
The Plot Thus Far
Bob Hope, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, was above all a patriotic American dedicated to our troops around the world. His star-studded USO Christmas shows brought a taste of home to servicemen and women scattered thousands of miles from their families. Bob rang in the Christmas season with the biggest stars in Hollywood along with major figures from the worlds of sports and music, and cracked jokes with his celebrity pals and presidents alike. At home or abroad, his specials proved that laughter was the best medicine.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES 6-DVD set features 13 specials from Bob’s career, spanning five decades with dozens of celebrity guests. Highlights include:
Bob’s first studio comedy special “in living color” with guests Jack Benny, Bing Crosby and Janet Leigh
The Bob Hope Chevy Show with the entire cast of I Love Lucy—Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, plus James Cagney and Diana Dors
A hilarious spoof of Star Wars and other sketches with Tony Bennett, Perry Como, James Garner, Mark Hamill, Dean Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Tuesday Weld, The Muppets and more stars
The murder-mystery parody Joys (A Comedy Whodunit) with nearly fifty guest stars including Charo, Milton Berle, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, George Gobel, Alan King, Don Knotts, Groucho Marx, Vincent Price and Freddie Prinze
The best of the bloopers from 30 years of Bob’s shows with George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Burt Reynolds, DonRickles, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Taylor, Mr. T, John Wayne and others.
Bob’s 1967 USO tour to 22 bases around Vietnam, Thailand and the South Pacific in 15 days with special guest Raquel Welch
Highlights from over 25 years of specials in Bob Hope’s World of Comedy and the celebration Highlights of a Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television
A look at Bob’s personal relationships with American presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, and Harry S. Truman
Bob Hope’s 90th birthday celebration featuring tributes by Johnny Carson, George Burns and many more!
EXCLUSIVE BONUS: Plus, the DVD set contains the exclusive bonus feature Shanks for the Memory about the world of golf according to Bob Hope, which includes historic clips of Bob with Bing Crosby, presidents and pros on courses around the world, and special appearances by Pres. Gerald Ford, pro golfers Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and more.
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