Monday, June 16, 2014

The Bob Hope Special with guests Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Phyllis Diller and Dean Martin (1964)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Notice at 13:50 that Jack Benny is sitting in a different audience than just a minute before.

Anonymous said...

The key to appreciating Bob Hope is to disregard everything he did after 1950. His early films, 1930s-40s, are where he hit just the right note of smart-aleck bravado combined with cowardice, and the screenplays are smart. (I believe the legendary Al Boasberg was his script doctor.)
His later work and image, an old man obviously reading cue cards and introducing Brooke Shields or dressing like the Fonz in corny sketches, golfing with republican politicians is unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

I'm of basically the same opinion as the second commenter. But then I come across a clip of him on Carson in '63 and I think, maybe I need to rethink this thesis a little. Worth noting too that Lenny Bruce said Hope really dug his work. Here's the '63 clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHS0LasMuGM

Anonymous said...

Steve Rossi has died, and the New York Times online obituary linked to classicshowbiz.blogspot.