Bob Hope

Bob Hope (1903 – 2003) was a British-born American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO shows entertaining American military personnel. Throughout his career, he was honored for his humanitarian work. In 1996, the U.S. Congress honored Bob Hope by declaring him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces." Bob Hope appeared in or hosted 199 known USO shows.

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The Ghost Breakers (1940)

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After intrepid working girl Mary Carter becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger phones warning her to stay away from the castle. Undaunted, Mary sets sail for Cuba with a stowaway in her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Paulette Goddard  •  Richard Carlson  •  Paul Lukas

After intrepid working girl Mary Carter becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger phones warning her to stay away from the castle. Undaunted, Mary sets sail for Cuba with a stowaway in her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Paulette Goddard  •  Richard Carlson  •  Paul Lukas

Caught in the Draft (1941)

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Lynne Overman

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Lynne Overman

Critic's Choice (1963)

Bob Hope is a New York theater critic and his wife (Lucille Ball in their final motion picture pairing) writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Hope must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage. Based on the Broadway ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Weis
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Lucille Ball  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Rip Torn

Bob Hope is a New York theater critic and his wife (Lucille Ball in their final motion picture pairing) writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Hope must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage. Based on the Broadway ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Weis
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Lucille Ball  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Rip Torn

My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliott Nugent
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Peter Lorre  •  Lon Chaney Jr.

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor's office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron. There follow confusing but sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliott Nugent
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Peter Lorre  •  Lon Chaney Jr.

Road to Bali (1953)

Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favours of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Walker
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Murvyn Vye

Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favours of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Walker
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Murvyn Vye

Road to Morocco (1942)

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Anthony Quinn

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Anthony Quinn

Scared Stiff (1953)

A nightclub singer and his partner escape mobsters by fleeing to Cuba with a beautiful heiress, who has inherited a haunted castle on an isolated island. The trio hunt for a hidden treasure and encounter a ghost, a zombie, and a mysterious killer...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Dean Martin  •  Jerry Lewis  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Carmen Miranda

A nightclub singer and his partner escape mobsters by fleeing to Cuba with a beautiful heiress, who has inherited a haunted castle on an isolated island. The trio hunt for a hidden treasure and encounter a ghost, a zombie, and a mysterious killer...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Dean Martin  •  Jerry Lewis  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Carmen Miranda

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for nuclear war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Chevy Chase  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Steve Forrest  •  Donna Dixon

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for nuclear war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Chevy Chase  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Steve Forrest  •  Donna Dixon

The Facts of Life (1960)

Middle-class suburbanites Larry and Kitty grow bored with their lives and respective marriages. Although each always found the other's manner grating, they fall in love when thrown together--without their spouses--on vacation. On returning home they try to break ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Frank
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Lucille Ball  •  Ruth Hussey  •  Don DeFore

Middle-class suburbanites Larry and Kitty grow bored with their lives and respective marriages. Although each always found the other's manner grating, they fall in love when thrown together--without their spouses--on vacation. On returning home they try to break ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Frank
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Lucille Ball  •  Ruth Hussey  •  Don DeFore

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Betty Hutton  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Charlton Heston  •  Dorothy Lamour

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Betty Hutton  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Charlton Heston  •  Dorothy Lamour

The Iron Petticoat (1957)

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her the bright side of capitalism, while she tries to convince him of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Noelle Middleton  •  James Robertson Justice

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her the bright side of capitalism, while she tries to convince him of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Noelle Middleton  •  James Robertson Justice

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran out of his track winnings, the Kid promises to repay Moose the money by Christmas. Creating a fake charity for "Apple Annie" Nellie Thursday, the Kid tricks his gang into donning Santa suits and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lanfield
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Jane Darwell

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran out of his track winnings, the Kid promises to repay Moose the money by Christmas. Creating a fake charity for "Apple Annie" Nellie Thursday, the Kid tricks his gang into donning Santa suits and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lanfield
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Jane Darwell

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Burgess Meredith  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Freddie Steele  •  Wally Cassell

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Burgess Meredith  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Freddie Steele  •  Wally Cassell

Call Me Bwana (1963)

A returning moon capsule goes off course and lands in Africa where a little-known tribe finds it. Washington sends Matthew Merriwether to recover it—thinking he's an expert on the region—when in fact he's no such thing. However, a foreign power sends Secret Agent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Edie Adams  •  Lionel Jeffries

A returning moon capsule goes off course and lands in Africa where a little-known tribe finds it. Washington sends Matthew Merriwether to recover it—thinking he's an expert on the region—when in fact he's no such thing. However, a foreign power sends Secret Agent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Edie Adams  •  Lionel Jeffries

That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Road to Rio (1947)

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Gale Sondergaard

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Gale Sondergaard

The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  W.C. Fields  •  Martha Raye  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Bob Hope

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  W.C. Fields  •  Martha Raye  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Bob Hope

Son of Paleface (1952)

Peter Potter Jr. returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Jane Russell  •  Roy Rogers  •  Trigger

Peter Potter Jr. returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Jane Russell  •  Roy Rogers  •  Trigger

The Paleface (1948)

Bob Hope stars in this laugh-packed wild west spoof co-starring Jane Russell as a sexy Calamity Jane, Hope is a meek frontier dentist, "Painless" Peter Potter, who finds himself gunslinging alongside the fearless Calamity as she fights off outlaws and Indians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Jane Russell  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Iris Adrian

Bob Hope stars in this laugh-packed wild west spoof co-starring Jane Russell as a sexy Calamity Jane, Hope is a meek frontier dentist, "Painless" Peter Potter, who finds himself gunslinging alongside the fearless Calamity as she fights off outlaws and Indians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Jane Russell  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Iris Adrian
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