With a career that spread approximately eight decades, Bob Hope starred in more than seventy feature and short films. He holds the feat of hosting the ‘Oscars’ nineteen times. He also appeared in various television roles, stage productions, and in a series of seven ‘Road’ musical comedy films. Hope kicked-off his career as a comedian and dancer, which was followed by acting on ‘Broadway.’
Some of his most popular and noteworthy film credits include, ‘My Favorite Brunette,’ ‘The Ghost Breakers,’ ‘Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!,’ ‘Road to Morocco,’ ‘The Lemon Drop Kid,’ ‘Road To Balli,’ ‘Road To Rio,’ ‘Son of Paleface,’ ‘Road to Uthopia,’ ‘My Favorite Blonde,’ and ‘The Seven Little Foys,’ amongst various others.
Hope also starred in various critically acclaimed and financially successful films, including ‘The Paleface,’ and ‘The Cat and the Canary.’ Hope was never nominated for a competitive ‘Academy Award,’ but earned five honorary awards by the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.’
This short film revolves around radio programs in which various film stars had appeared to perform in accordance to requests from American servicemen stationed around the world.
An average vaudeville performer, Larry Haines, is traveling to Hollywood with his roller-skating penguin Percy, when he meets a beautiful blonde, Karen Bentley, who actually is a British secret agent. She is trying to take coded information past the pursuing Nazi agents who take Larry as her colleague, and frame him for murder. So, how do they manage to escape the Germans?
The Muppet Movie is a musical road comedy film, which tells the story of Kermit the Frog, who is told by a talent agent, to try his luck in Hollywood. He soon sets out on a journey to Los Angeles, California, but on the way, he is pursued by an entrepreneur who wants him to be a new spokesperson for his restaurant.
Nothing but the Truth is a comedy film, revolving around Gwen Saunders, who team up with an employee of her uncle, in an attempt to double her investment in the family firm.
This comedy drama film tells the story of a gambler who leaves his little daughter with Sorrowful Jones as a marker for his bet. However, when her father doesn’t return, things turn complicated for Sorrowful.
A burlesque comic called Peanuts Whites is talked into doubling as the well known international spy Eric Augustine by US intelligence and sent to Tangier, Morocco. His job is to get hold of a million dollar microfilm. While in Tangier, he comes across Augustine’s friend, alluring Lily Dalbray, who is now working with a rival agent. Will he succeed?
Fired by his editor due to his incompetence, an idiotic reporter seeks to redeem himself after he accidentally uncovers a network of Nazi spies in Washington.
Effie Floud unwittingly hires a struggling American actor, Arthur Tyler, to be the butler at her American home, after mistaking him for an aristocratic British butler named Humphrey. Humphrey is further assumed to be the future husband of the family’s tomboyish daughter Agatha, creating even more humorous situations.
An 18th century Italian tailor, Pippo Popolino, pretends to be the legendary Casanova to impress the beautiful Widow Francesca Bruni. The real Casanova’s mother asks him to test the commitment of her would-be daughter-in-law. As Pippo reaches Venice to meet the lady, he gets embroiled into uninvited complications, a threat of war and also finds that his life is at risk.
The Great Lover is a romantic comedy thriller film, which tells the story of an inept schoolmaster who tries to flirt with a duchess while they are on a cruise. However, he is unaware of the fact that a killer is after him.
Give Me a Sailor is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around Jim and Walter, two brothers who are sailors in the US Navy. When Walter tells Jim that he is going to soon ask his girlfriend Nancy to marry him, Jim gets upset since he loves her as well. Therefore, he asks Nancy’s sister to help break apart Walter and Nancy’s relationship.
A musical made during WWII to entertain troops, raise funds and boost morale. Silent Era-Star, Billy Webster is now a gateman at Paramount studios. However, his Navy serviceman son, Johnny, thinks he is a studio executive. As Johnny is arriving with his shipmates, to preserve his illusion, Billy takes help of studio switchboard-operator, Polly, to put up a show with Hollywood’s mega-stars.
The biopic is about the life of controversial New York City Mayor, James Walker. After a landslide victory, state senator Walker becomes Mayor of NYC in 1926. Though popular with masses, his practice of accepting bribes and favors gives his opponents a chance to question his administration’s integrity. His estrangement with wife Allie and romantic affair with Betty Compton accelerates his decline.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a drama film which revolves around the lives of a clown, an elephant trainer and trapeze artists, who work in a circus.
That Certain Feeling is a comedy film revolving around a divorced comic strip cartoonist who is hired as a ghost-writer by a well-known cartoonist named Larry Larkin, who also happens to be the fiancé of Dignan’s ex-wife.
Foolish insurance agent Milford Farnsworth unwittingly sells life insurance worth US $100000 to notorious outlaw Jesse James. Farnsworth is then sent to the West to protect James, to protect the investment. But Jesse plans on killing Farnsworth and he must survive while falling in love with the beautiful Cora Lee Collins.
Three pairs of neighbors plan yearly vacations together, but when Kitty Weaver and Larry Gilbert are stuck together in the absence of their spouses, they fall in love. Once the vacation is over and they cannot shake off their feelings for each other, they must decide whether to end their respective marriages and start over.
Gracie belonging to the powerful Alden family fails to graduate from the college founded by her grandfather for the ninth year in a row. Therefore, he leaves it in his will that the first female of the family to graduate within 200 years will be the new owner of the college.
Off-Limits is an action thriller film which tells the story of two military detectives who arrive in Saigon, Vietnam in 1968, to investigate the murder of a prostitute.
This musical comedy short film revolves around entertainers Bob Hope and Bing Crosby who help a young woman who wants to reach Washington DC in order to pay a visit to her brother.
During WWII, Sgt. Dan O’Farrell faces difficulties boosting the morale of his soldiers stationed on a South Pacific island. The American ship bringing in beer gets torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, while the batch of nurses that the crew is eagerly awaiting, delivers 6 men with one ugly nurse. Finally, O’Farrell manages to recover the beer-cans cargo and also, a Japanese sub.
Two incompetent CIA applicants are led to believe that they are on a mission. They soon find themselves in Pakistan, then in Afghanistan, and soon they are pursued by the Russians. They eventually realize that they are being used as decoys for a Nuclear War.
An American actor, Bob Hunte,r is travelling to Paris on a cruise liner in order to purchase the rights of a script that is highly sought after. However, a sinister organization seems to be targeting him for an unknown reason.
This 1963 comedy drama film revolves around a theatre critic who gets into trouble with his wife for giving a negative review to her poorly-written play.
Married real-estate agent Tom Meade mistakenly dials stunning French actress Didi, who is hiding from Hollywood, after being frustrated for being typecast as a bombshell. Meade decides to help her hide in his backwoods cabin but evading the media, public, and his wife might turn out to be more difficult that he imagined.
Henry Dimsdale, a bank-teller and widower with 7 children finds $10,000. When no one claims it for 2 weeks he buys a diamond ring for his fiancée, Ellie Barton. As his bank finds shortage of $50,000, he becomes the prime suspect. While his housekeeper protects them from her bumbling police-officer boyfriend, the family goes in hiding. Later, the children help find the culprit.
Matthew Merriwether, who has falsely acquired the reputation as an ‘Africa Expert’ by using his uncle’s work in Africa as his own, is appointed by US government to recover NASA’s important moon capsule that has landed in hands of African Ekele tribe. Merriwether encounters foreign agent Luba who also has been sent on same mission. Do they succeed in retrieving the capsule?
A young couple ends up having a baby out of wedlock. They decide to give the baby up for adoption. The girl’s parents decide to adopt their daughter’s child, and in order to do that, they fake a happy marriage.
Russian Captain, Vinka Kovelenko, lands her jet willingly in a West German territory, where the U.S. forces take her captive. But she is neither defecting nor on a mission, and Captain Chuck Lockwood is given the job to convince her to defect. Pursued by KGB agents and former lovers, the two eventually find love.
A single father is unhappy with his daughter’s choice of husband-to-be. To find a way out, he accepts a transfer to Stockholm and takes his daughter along with him. But once in Norway, he finds that environ there is sexually far more liberal than in US, forcing him to reconsider his earlier opinion about his future son-in-law.
A popular TV talk show host arrives at Arizona alone as an antidote for his stress and as he drives out to his vacation home the following day he finds the dead body of an Indian woman in the car trunk. He is promptly arrested; but is freed due to lack of evidence and on returning home finds a scantily dressed Indian girl. His wife too shows up.
The S.S. Gigantic is about to race the slightly smaller S.S. Colossal, across the Atlantic. Gigantic’s owner T.F. Bellows sends his brother S.B. Bellows to sabotage the Collossal, but S.B. accidentally ends up sabotaging the Gigantic. Meanwhile, radio emcee, Buzz Fielding, tries to announce the race from the Gigantic while juggling his three ex-wives and girlfriend.
Bob Hope Awards
|Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Outstanding Variety Special||1966|
|Winner||All-Time Favorite Entertainer||1985|
|Winner||Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer||1978|
|Winner||Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer||1977|
|Winner||Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer||1976|
|Winner||Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer||1975|