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