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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Dolores Hope, John Harlan, Loni Anderson, Lucille Ball
  • Directors: Sid Smith
  • Writers: Gene Perret, Martha Bolton
  • Producers: Bob Hope, Linda Hope, Lorene Machado
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: R2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002T2QRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bob Hope - Hope for the Holidays" on IMDb

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Product Description

The Bob Hope Christmas Specials set the standard for TV holiday variety shows, sharing the season with Americans for over forty years. In this landmark collection, Bob and Dolores Hope welcome family and friends into their home for a fond look at the holidays past and present.

From the Contributor

Produced by Linda Hope.

Customer Reviews

Until that happens, I am very happy to have this to watch again and again.
Silas
This brought back old memories from days when they used to have good Christmas specials on TV.
Roy C. Myers
It was nice , but many parts were edited out , I taped the original show on VHS tape.
V. Diak

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2004
Format: DVD
I'm a big traditionalist, especially when it comes to the holiday season. For years it was always a great tradition to watch the Bob Hope Christmas special. Each year he'd introduce the All-American football team filled with corny jokes, and sing his usual Christmas standard, "Silver Bells".

Hope for the Holidays is A walk down yuletide memory lane with this delightful look back at Bob Hope's NBC Christmas specials from yesteryear. Along with tree trimming, sleigh riding and egg nogging, the Bob Hope Christmas Special was an annual holiday tradition for families across America for 40 years. In this landmark collection, Bob and Dolores Hope welcome family and friends into their home for a nostalgic look at some of the funniest moments from past holiday specials and USO tours.

Authorized by Hope Enterprises, this DVD contains rare holiday bloopers from the Hopes' personal collection. The feature includes appearances by John Wayne, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Phil Silvers, Dyan Cannon, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Dixie Carter, Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Jones, Lee Marvin, Redd Foxx, Phyllis Diller, Marie Osmond, Bing Crosby, and many more. There's 100 minutes of holiday cheer on this release!

We don't have Bob around anymore but he can live on in this collection.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Silas on January 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Now that I am in my 30's, I see everything I once knew and loved being replaced with another generation of performers --- most of whom I don't like or are at best mediocre. So few of today's stars can inspire the same admiration I felt when I was a kid. Even as a young boy I knew there was something significant about Bob Hope. I grew up watching his Christmas specials, but so did my father and grandfather (via the USO shows). Bob was just as much a fixture of the holiday as tinsel on a tree. But after he passed, that all seemed to stop.

Fortunately, with this DVD I can now keep a part of that tradition alive. Alongside the annual must-sees like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" I have these wonderful moments of Bob Hope at his holiday best. It has clips and sketches from shows I remember, but also from shows before my time, all of which were laugh-out-loud funny. The extras include bloopers, which should not be missed because it gives a peak at what he was like behind the scenes -- which is as charming and funny as you thought he would be.

If you like Bob Hope and miss seeing his Christmas specials, this DVD will give you a dose of the old - but timeless - holiday spirit that you can share with the next generation. My only complaint is it's not long enough. But I wouldn't be satisfied until there was a DVD box set of each individual Christmas special shown in its entirety. Until that happens, I am very happy to have this to watch again and again.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lemon VINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
Format: DVD
I grew up watching Bob Hope Christmas specials, so this was a great way to step back in time. It is classic Bob, and the guest list is incredible - Bing, Lucy, John Wayne, Jack Benny, and many others. Wonderful family entertainment for the holidays!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff, Young Old-Timer on February 15, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My dad got to see Bob Hope over in England during WW-2. I missed him by a day in Subic Bay, Philippines. Bob Hope is said to have been the greatest comedian ever. Who am I to argue? I lived for his Christmas TV specials every winter, and I rolled on the floor to his banter with troops and with the other stars. This is a very nice collection of some of his best holiday stuffing guaranteed to renew your holiday spirit. Little else needs to be said. Just get it and laugh yourself unconscious.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Malcor on January 28, 2008
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This Christmas special was done near the end of Bob Hope's life and it features family and friends reminiscing with him about some of his favorite moments from the various Christmas specials he did over the years. We watched it several times over the holidays. My kids liked it, but my mother was particularly enchanted by it. It brought back a lot of memories--for which we eternally thank Mr. Hope!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G Wilcox on December 8, 2010
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For those of you who are old enough to remember what watching TV at Christmas time was like back in the 50's, 60's, 70's and even 80's, this DVD will surely bring back a lot of incredible memories. I can clearly remember waiting patiently each year for Bob Hope's Annual Christmas Special on NBC. This DVD did not disappoint me in anyway. There is footage of various skits with Bob Hope and just about every famous celebrity of that era. Even the bonus material containing a number of bloopers was great to watch.
Back in those days, there were only three stations or three networks to watch (ABC, CBS and NBC), but it seemed that there was always something great on TV, no matter what night of the week it was. NBC was lucky enough to have Bob Hope for so many incredible years. I truly have to applaud Bob Hope for entertaining our troops each and every year at Christmas and this DVD has quite a few memorable clips from the 50's through the 80's of Bob in some foreign Country with a great looking gal, parading around on the stage. If you are a fan of Bob Hope, or you'd like to experience just one more of Bob Hope's Annual Christmas Specials, then do NOT pass up this unique opportunity. I assure you that you will NOT be disappointed. As far as the quality is concerned, it's not HD but it's still pretty darn good, even on a 55" screen.
I have already watched this DVD two nights in a row and I will probably play it again some night before Christmas this year. This is clearly one of my favorite DVD's of all time.
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