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Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection
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184 of 186 people found the following review helpful
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This four-disc set includes these films:
"Give Me A Sailor"
(with Martha Raye & Betty Grable, 1938, 80 minutes)
"Thanks For The Memory" (with Shirley Ross, 1938, 75 minutes)
"Never Say Die" (with Martha Raye, 1939, 82 minutes)
"The Cat And The Canary" (with Paulette Goddard, 1939, 72 minutes)
"The Ghost Breakers" (with Paulette Goddard, 1940, 83 minutes)
"Caught In The Draft" (with Dorothy Lamour, 1941, 82 minutes)
"Nothing But The Truth" (with Paulette Goddard, 1941, 90 minutes)
"My Favorite Blonde" (with Madeleine Carroll, 1942, 78 minutes)
"The Paleface" (with Jane Russell, 1948, 91 minutes)
"Sorrowful Jones" (with Lucille Ball, 1949, 88 minutes)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
Format: DVD
Ten movies from Bob Hope's prime period: 1938 to 1949.

They were made by Paramount, whose pre-1950 catalog is now owned by Universal.
All titles have been previously released. Some as long ago as 2002.
Five of these films were in the expensive "Thanks for the Memories" box set - sold by Turner Classic Movies.
The appeal of this new box is the low price.
Nothing to sneeze at.

The Cat and the Canary, Ghost Breakers, My Favorite Blonde, The Paleface, and Sorrowful Jones are true classics.

Thanks for the Memory, Give me A Sailor, Never Say Die, Caught in the Draft, and Nothing But the Truth are not quite on that level, but "Thanks for the Memory" has one of my all-time favorite movie moments:
I can't help crying at the end of the film when Bob Hope and Shirley Ross sing the title song. *
Sigh....

Missing from this collection are the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Road Pictures (1941-53), the greatest comedy series of all time. We are still waiting for all six films to be released in a nice boxed set here in the U.S. (its available in the UK - check the Comment by A. Roberts dated April 10, 2014).
The first four are available inexpensively: The Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to Comedy Collection
- for the convoluted history of these films on DVD, read my review of that set, "How to Buy the First 4 Road Pictures", dated June 2, 2013.
Films five and six cost a bit more: The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)

There are additional Bob Hope movies from this era worth investigating.
Let's hope for a Volume 2:
- Big Broadcast of 1938 (actually starring W.C. Fields) The Big Broadcast of 1938 / College Swing Double Feature *
- Louisiana Purchase (1941): Bob Hope Tribute Collection - Louisiana Purchase / Never Say Die Double Feature
- Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) + Where There's Life (1947): Bob Hope Tribute Collection - Monsieur Beaucaire / Where There's Life Double Feature
- My Favorite Brunette (1947) + The Lemon Drop Kid (1948): The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)
Fancy Pants (1950)
The Princess and the Pirate (1952)
Son of Paleface (1952) - kind of creepy though: The son of Paleface romances Jane Russell who played his mother in the earlier film.
Casanova's Big Night (1955) with Basil Rathbone.

Sadly, Casanova's Big Night was Hope's last really satisfactory film comedy. He was basically going through the motions in his later films.
Nevertheless a wonderful body of work from 1938 to 1955

* Bob Hope and Shirley Ross actually introduced 'Thanks for the Memory' in the previous year's "Big Broadcast of 1938" (thanks to LA MovieGuy for reminding me).
I shed a tear when they sang it in "Thanks for the Memory".
I sobbed uncontrollably when they sang it in "Big Broadcast of 1938".
Composed by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.
Its on You Tube video: "Thanks for the Memory"

So, thanks for the memory
And strictly entre-nous, darling how are you?
And how are all the little dreams that never did come true?
Awfully glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo

And thank you so much.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
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Good to finally get CAT AND THE CANARY and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH on dvd. These, because of rights problems, were not in the initial rush of Hope films to be released to home video. They were on tv, briefly in the the 90s, but then disappeared, until they showed up, fairly recently, in an anthology of other films, which any Hope fan would have already purchased earlier, in a too expensive composite set. This time, those two, and another rarity, the pretty minor, unfunny, THANKS FOR THE MEMORY, showed up, mixed with a seven older, already released, titles, but at a most attractive price. Apparently, Universal is redistributing a lot of it classic comedy sets (WC FIELDS, the "ROAD' pictures) in different packaging, at far better prices. The two rare items are most enjoyable, while things like GHOST BREAKERS, MY FAVORITE BLONDE, CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT and THE PALEFACE still are fun. The other three are ok, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2015
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The shows are good but when I purchased I thought that I was getting the USO shows with the troops not the movies. After reading the description again I had read it wrong. The movies are funny and no cuss words and don't put anyone down unlike today's comedy shows. Some of the shows today should watch these so they would know what real comedy is about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
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Crisp clear video with excellent movies from Mr. Hope as described via the product page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Mainly purchased to get two of my favorites of his- "The Cat and the Canary" & "The Ghost Breakers". But there are other good Hope films as well; "The Paleface" and "My Favorite Blonde". A nice box set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2015
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Very good selection of Bob Hope classics. Video and audio quality seemed to be the best available (remastered?), considering how long ago these were made. A LOT of viewing for the price, and packaged well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
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Wonderful collection of vintage Bob Hope Movies. Thoroughly enjoyable.Would recommend strongly to all Classic Movie fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2014
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Great value- Thanks for the memory Bob, your one in a million. From one of your billion fans!.
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on February 23, 2015
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We found two or three that were a good slapstick laugh but the rest were as if the writers made it up as they went along.
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