ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS REVIEWED
“Bob Hope: Entertaining the Troops” is a fantastic look at Bob Hope’s televised history with the USO. We get three specials from the Korean War and Vietnam War eras. The Vietnam stuff gets the main focus, as we get to watch Neil Armstrong and Johnny Bench offer up inspirational chats with the troops. Plus, Dean Martin’s Gold Diggers to get shake their junk in a TV friendly way at men starved for sexual attention. Bob Hope knew how to give troops what they wanted, but only from an old man’s sensibilities.
The humor was kinda flat, but Hope was a man out of a time. He wanted to keep serving his country, but he never adapted his act. I guess that’s why he seemed increasingly out of place with his USO tour mates. For film fans, some of the Connie Stevens music from the first special was reused for “Forrest Gump”. So, there’s that. I know that some of our older readers will appreciate this set, I just hope that the target audience doesn’t pass it up.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0