The absolutely wonderful Bob Hope was born 108 years ago today.
Bob Hope is one of my favorite people to ever exist. He brought so much joy to the world.
I don't remember the first time I watched a Bob Hope movie or what it was, but I was already a life-long fan when his 100th birthday came around. I remember watching the special (I had just turned nine) and jumping up and down whenever I saw a clip from a movie I had seen!
I have seen so many Bob Hope movies... (I would normally finish this sentence with "It's not even funny," but that doesn't exactly sound right. ;-D)
Bob Hope is just the best. I believe his greatest work came out of the '40s (although I love stuff from other decades as well). His hugely famous, frighteningly fast delivery was always there -- but in the '40s he was just so brilliant. He had an ability to be completely dead-pan while stating the most absurd things; he was perfect at parody. He mocked everything and everyone (including himself). And, he basically made a film career out of breaking the fourth wall. For some reason, many people associate Bob Hope with slapstick humor. NOT AT ALL. I mean, he was easily great at physical humor. But, most of his humor was simply words -- and he was brilliant.
This is why his work is still utterly hysterical today -- it was topical, but so completely right. His absurdity almost always had quite a bit of truth in it.
I am quite pleased to say that I passed on my Bob Hope adoration to my youngest brother. And in fact we are having a loverly Bob Hope party tonight (we are the only ones invited. ;-D). The films on the schedule are:
Caught In the Draft
Never Say Die
The Ghost Breakers
This brings me to the Bob Hope 108th Birthday DVD Giveaway Extravaganza (not really). A couple of years ago, Amazon accidentally sent me two copies of The Princess and the Pirate (1944) and told me to just keep the extra one. I've kept it around as sort of an emergency present, when I finally realized... I HAVE NO BOB HOPE FAN FRIENDS. Sheesh. ;-D
Instead, it is being offered up for you! haha
The Princess and the Pirate is utterly hysterical. It's a parody of swashbuckling pirate movies and I almost die laughing every time I watch it! Bob plays his usual cowardly character and Virginia Mayo is awesome. But, even more awesome: the supporting cast is Walter Slezak, Victor McLaglen, and Walter Brennan.
The greatest parts: the old hotel-owner lady who doesn't know WHY all the other hotels in the area randomly burn down (while she's lighting a pipe); Walter Brennan's psycho laugh, and THAT ending (not gonna ruin its brilliance).
If you would like to win this DVD, post a comment (it would also be awesome if you followed, but its not required. ;-D) with your favorite Bob Hope scene/line! You can enter until next Sunday, June 5th. I'll then choose a winner at random.Oh, and could I ask that only U.S. residents enter the contest, please! I AM VERY POOR....haha
I always think it is so completely fitting that Bob Hope's birthday is always during Memorial Day week and so, I'm just going to end with this; he was a true hero: