BOB HOPE: HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS REVIEWED
“Hope for the Holidays” is a weird compilation, but much appreciated for TV historians. The first special on the disc is about the only Hope TV special I remember seeing air live. It was from 1993 and it was basically Hope’s last time on TV. Joey Lawrence, Barbara Eden and Loni Anderson drop by to spend time with the Hollywood legend before he slips off this mortal coil. The extra special on the disc is the 16mm film of his 1950 Comedy Hour Christmas Special. It’s fun seeing old TV, but Eleanor Roosevelt showed up as a special guest and that was quite stunning.
Redd Foxx and the Judds also show up to help dole out the Christmas cheer. While Hope is out of the age range of most of my readers, take a chance on this one. American TV is part of our pop culture heritage and we need to understand our shared history.
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital Mono
RELEASE DATE: 11/1/16
- Video - 82%82%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Supplemental Material - %0%
- Show Score - 89%89%
The Plot Thus Far
There’s no place like home for the holidays. And there really was no place like Bob Hope’s home for the holidays with Bob, Dolores and the Hope family. They invited friends from the world of entertainment and sports to celebrate and reminisce about vintage seasonal sketches in the 1993 special Bob Hope’s Bag Full of Christmas Memories. Bob Hope’s TV Christmas connection began on December 24, 1950, with The Comedy Hour. Heartwarming and fun—that’s the way Bob planned it. No Christmas party would be complete without music, while flubbed lines in some sketches remain intact and a blooper really hits below the belt. The host of Christmases past hands out laughs galore!