Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hope! + DVD Giveaway

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
Monsieur Beaucaire
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:



Amanda said...

My absolute favorite Bob Hope movie is The Seven Little Foys, specifically his scene with James Cagney where they dance together. Their exchange is absolutely hilarious!

After Jimmy finishes dancing to Yankee Doodle Dandy he asks:

"How was that, pops?"

And Bob says, "It'll never take the place of dancing."

And when Bob finishes his dancing, he asks Jimmy, "How's that for an old man?" and Jimmy responds with "Pretty old."

That scene is just perfection and never gets old! :)

Audrey said...

I never thought about him having a birthday around Memorial Day; that is pretty neat.

I can only think of one Bob Hope movie that I've seen (shameful, I know), so I guess I don't really have a favorite scene. Not sure if I still qualify...

Have fun at your movie marathon. :)

elizs said...

I want! My favorite Bob scene is in Road to Morocco when he, Bing and Dorothy sing "Moonlight Becomes You."

But I also love the end of "The Princess and the Pirate."

Kristin said...

Oh, I love Bob Hope! I don't have a specific favorite line or scene, but I love anything with him and Bing Crosby, of course. :)

But I do adore the two of them singing "Put It There, Pal." I also love it in one of the Road To... movies when Hope speaks to the audience, as Crosby's song is starting, and says something along the lines of, "He's going to sing now, so you can go on out and get some more popcorn." :)


Millie said...

Amanda: I love that scene too! So much fun!

Audrey: Of COURSE it still counts! This just means you REALLY need to win! ;-D

Elizs: haha. That scene is awesome!

Kristin: Oh my goodness. Those are two of favorite Bob moments ever! The first is from Road to Utopia and the second Road to Bali! Thanks for the comment! :-D

Lya de Putti said...

I need to see MORE of Bob. Maybe I'll rustle up his "Favourite Lemon Pie". He must have really liked Lemon Pie as I have his recipe in 8 different cookbooks! Enjoy your marathon and let me know if you'd like to try his recipe...

Niamhy said...

I have a great fear that if a miracle occurs and I win you're going to have to send the parcel transatlantic (and we all know how much THAT costs!), so you don't have to include me!

I have a favourite Bob Hope quote in general, not one from a film or anything, so I'm just going to post that.

'When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in.'

Eeee gad, no matter how many times I read that I always end up in fits of's so stupid it's funny. LOVE IT! ;-P

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LucieWickfield said...

This is actually my first comment on any old movie blog, but I simply had to get in on this one. My favorite scene/line comes from the tragically obscure "My Favorite Spy," which also stars Hedy Lamarr. The scene when Bob has been given the "truth drug" is priceless-- so madcap and so hilarious! It's hard to narrow it down to a favorite line, but I do love the part when he sticks a lighted candle on the end of his nose ("I duel in the dark, you know") and jabs at the "bad guy" with another candle yelling wildly "So, you besmearch a lady's honor?! En garde! Touché! There you are! Haha, I pinked you didn't I? Jag Cut! Band-aid anyone? Ah, you fool, lay there an bleed. Fool me, you amateur, with your scout knife?"

Mercurie said...

Bob Hope was definitely a comic genius. And I still think Crosby and Hope were the greatest comedy team short of Laurel and Hardy. Let's face it, Bob Hope could be funny with just a look!

PuppyLovePrincess said...

ah! bob hope is the best. thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

Achaia said...

Bob Hope is hilarious. Probably my very favorite movie of his is Monsieur Beaucaire... it is a riot! About any line he says in that is great. It is by far a family-favorite... one of the most quoted movies of all time!

I've never seen The Princess and the Pirate, but I would love to!

Alissa said...

"She has just the kind of lips I like, one on the top and one on the bottom" - Son of Paleface LOVE LOVE LOVE Bob Hope!!!

Karin said...

I recently bought one of his old radio shows on CD at a garage sale. They had a box full of different shows. Wish I could have bought them all, but couldn't afford to!

Always enjoy Bob's movies! The last one I watched was My Favorite Brunette. It was a hoot.


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