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Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection (Thanks for the Memory / The Cat and the Canary / The Ghost Breakers / Nothing but the Truth / The Road to Morocco / The Paleface)
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Thanks for the Memory (1938, 75 min.) - NEW TO DVD
The Cat and the Canary (1939, 79 min.) - NEW TO DVD
The Ghost Breakers (1940, 85 min.)
Nothing But the Truth (1941, 91 min.) - NEW TO DVD
Entertaining the Troops
Command Performance 1944
Hollywood Victory Caravan
Road to Morocco (1942, 82 min.)
The Paleface (1948, 91 min.)
Command Performance 1945
The "Buttons and Bows" Sing-Along
The 3-disc set will contain 3 re-releases: Ghost Breakers (1940), Road to Morocco (1942), The Paleface (1948). There are more bonus features than most Universal sets as of late, though some may be recycled.
The most ponderous thing here is the fact that they are including exactly one of the Hope/Crosby/Lamour Road movies.
These films are seldom televised since the only two channels that show older movies - Turner Classic Movies and the Fox Movie Channel - do not have ready access to the Universal/Paramount library. That used to be the domain of AMC back when it meant American Movie Classics and not the American Merchandising Channel as it does today. Thus if you don't already have these films, this set is a welcomed treat.
The lines in The Cat and the Canary are exactly that memorable - it's a great movie.
All are excellent quality with the exception of "The Ghost Breakers", which happens to be one of my favorite early Hope movies. It's just that the picture quality is horrible. It's very grainy and so different from the high quality of all the other movies of this Collection.
I happen to own the stand alone version of "The Ghost Breakers" as well and it's picture quality is excellent. Very clear for a film that's 70 years old. It's hard to understand how Universal, which produced both the Collection reviewed here and the stand alone version of "The Ghost Breakers", can have the same film be reproduced so differently.
Overall, this collection rates 5 stars but the fact that "The Ghost Breakers" picture quality is so poor takes it down a notch. I hope it's just my copy but somehow I'm doubtful of that. I wouldn't shy away from buying this for just that reason, though, especially because it includes "Thanks For The Memory", which is somewhat different from what I'm used to from Bob Hope. It's possibly different because it's one of his earliest film and he hasn't yet fallen into the stereotypical Hope role.
This Collection is highly recommended regardless of any flaws in "The Ghost Breakers".
The earliest film in the set is the rare "Thanks for the Memory" released in 1938. It teams Hope with charming Shirley Ross, using as its inspiration the song of the same name which was such a smash for the pair earlier in the year in "The Big Broadcast of 1938". Hope plays a straight romantic lead as a newlywed writer trying to establish his career while adjusting to his marital status and his wife's role as the major breadwinner. While the film has a fine supporting cast including the famous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who is very good, the stage bound roots of the verbose script betray the stars and the film is dull entertainment. The highlights are the 2 songs, the superb "Two Sleepy People", another huge hit, and a touching reprise of the title song at the climax of the film.
Two of the films with Paulette Goddard, "Cat and the Canary" and "Ghost Breakers", are spooky thrillers of the "old dark house" genre. Both have outstanding supporting casts, beautiful art direction and are very entertaining. These were the films which solidified Hope's film stardom. "Nothing but the Truth" is a more conventional but hilarious comedy about a man who agrees not to tell a lie for a day on a bet. In this role, Hope plays a "Cary Grant type" of leading man. These films were impeccably produced by Arthur Hornblow with top class sets, directions and costumes.Read more ›
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I love the film the Ghost Breakers Its soooo much fun and clever dialoguePublished 15 months ago by I love film
For fans of old movies, Hollywood in it's heyday, Bob Hope especially, this is a must have collection of some of Hope's best. Buy it and enjoy.Published 22 months ago by Winston D. Williams Jr.
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