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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) (1938)

Bob Hope , Shirley Ross , David Butler , Norman Z. McLeod  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Paulette Goddard, Bing Crosby, Jane Russell
  • Directors: David Butler, Norman Z. McLeod, George Marshall, Elliott Nugent, George Archainbaud
  • Writers: Frank Butler, Don Hartman, Edmund L. Hartmann, Walter DeLeon, Frank Tashlin
  • Producers: Paul Jones, Robert L. Welch, Jr. Arthur Hornblow, Adolph Zukor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 503 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003E9SDBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1 - Thanks for the Memory:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - The Cat and the Canary:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - The Ghost Breakers:
  • Entertaining the Troops
  • Command Performance 1944
  • Hollywood Victory Caravan
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Nothing But the Truth:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 3 - Road to Morocco:
  • Bob Hope and the Road to Success
  • The "Road to Morocco" Sing-Along
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 3 - The Paleface:
  • Command Performance 1945
  • The "Buttons and Bows" Sing-Along
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    As a recognized genius of American comedy, Bob Hope has no equal. From his early days in vaudeville to his years as a top Hollywood box-office draw and star of radio, TV and live performances, Bob Hope's innocent charm and lightening-quick wit have delighted millions of fans throughout the world. The Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection showcases 6 of his best films including Thanks for the Memory featuring Bob’s signature song, fan favorite The Cat and the Canary, horror-spoof The Ghost Breakers, romantic comedy Nothing But the Truth, Road to Morocco with pal Bing Crosby and The Paleface co-starring Jane Russell. Filled with timeless laughs, the Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection will entertain longtime fans and introduce a whole new generation to the legendary style of one of the most famous comedians of all-time! Thanks for the Memory (1938) It’s time for some old-fashioned romance when a stay-at-home author (Bob Hope) and his working wife (Shirley Ross) discover their domestic roles aren’t clear-cut in this sweet comedy of errors. The Cat and the Canary (1939) Wally (Bob Hope) vows to protect an heiress (Paulette Goddard) who must spend the night in the haunted mansion of her late, eccentric, millionaire uncle in order to inherit his fortune. The Ghost Breakers (1940) Ghosts and gags collide when a radio personality (Bob Hope) finds himself marooned on an island with a pretty traveler (Paulette Goddard) in a haunted castle filled with earthly and un-earthly foes. Nothing But the Truth (1941) After betting his colleagues that he can go 24 hours without telling a lie, a young stockbroker (Bob Hope) finds himself in hot water with his girlfriend (Paulette Goddard) and several influential people. Road to Morocco (1942) After surviving a shipwreck, two stowaways (Bob Hope & Bing Crosby) get mixed up with an exotic princess (Dorothy Lamour) whose marriage proposal seems too good to be true. The Paleface (1948) Timid correspondence school dentist “Painless” Peter Potter (Bob Hope) unwittingly marries sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) who is hot on the trail of a dangerous renegade gang in the Wild West.

    Customer Reviews

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    56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good set, but there are three re-releases included March 29, 2010
    DISC 1:
    Thanks for the Memory (1938, 75 min.) - NEW TO DVD
    The Cat and the Canary (1939, 79 min.) - NEW TO DVD
    BONUS FEATURE:
    Theatrical Trailers

    DISC 2:
    The Ghost Breakers (1940, 85 min.)
    Nothing But the Truth (1941, 91 min.) - NEW TO DVD
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Entertaining the Troops
    Command Performance 1944
    Hollywood Victory Caravan
    Photo Gallery
    Theatrical Trailer

    DISC 3:
    Road to Morocco (1942, 82 min.)
    The Paleface (1948, 91 min.)
    BONUS FEATURES:
    Command Performance 1945
    The "Buttons and Bows" Sing-Along
    Photo Gallery
    Theatrical Trailer

    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.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat and the Canary, finally! May 11, 2010
    Two years ago my father and I sat down to watch The Cat and the Canary and he started saying the lines with Bob Hope, so I asked him when he last saw this movie. He replied, "I saw it once when it first came out, I was eleven years old."
    The lines in The Cat and the Canary are exactly that memorable - it's a great movie.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Half satisfying! June 17, 2010
    Good news first. First time release of Nothing But The Truth and Thanks For The Memories (not to be confused with Big Broadcast Of 1938 which features the song Thanks For The Memories). Next we have great news. The first release of The Cat And The Canary, one of Hope's finest films. Now the bad news. 3 (count em, 3) films in this set that have been previously released. Even the bonus features have been previously released! Save your money. Wait until this set goes below $20 or The Cat And The Canary gets a seperate release (whichever comes first).
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed quality bag June 30, 2010
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    The print of The Cat and the Canary is pristine; absolutely beautiful (I would give this film 5 stars). Unfortunately, the other movies in the collection did not get the same restoration treatment. The Ghost Breakers looks awful - full of 'sparkles' and other film artifacts - it has definitely not been restored.. The others vary in quality. I bought this collection for Canary (which has been a favorite for years). But you should be aware of the variation in quality of the different films here.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of Hope classics June 27, 2010
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    For anyone not familiar with the famous comedian, Bob Hope, this collection of films provides the perfect introduction to his golden period on film. Hope established a character who was part braggart, part coward but very human and likeable. The films fall into 3 categories: the rare "Thanks for the Memory", 3 forgotten classics with the vivacious Paulette Goddard and the familiar classics, "The Road to Morocco" and "The Paleface".

    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.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, with one exception January 21, 2011
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    The Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection is a nice grouping of some of his earlier pictures from 1938 to 1948. They each add a very nice addition to any ones collection of Hope classics, even if several have been released already as either stand alone movies or part of another collection.

    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".
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    These films are perfectly restored.
    Published 1 month ago by Nathan McWilliams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    all is great
    Published 1 month ago by Armond Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good quality and great movies!
    Published 1 month ago by Douglas P. Frantz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Let there be Hope
    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 5 months ago by Winston D. Williams Jr.
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    any time you can get six bob hope movies in one set it a win win so thank you for the set.
    Published 6 months ago by joe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection
    The "Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection" is a collection of some of the best comedy and mystery movies of the era. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by A. Carr
    1.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope Movies are amazing in how he got away with it, lousy...
    Now I know why my friend used to call him Bob Dope
    the only reason I bought this was for The Cat and The Canary
    to watch hope at his worst get The Lemon Drop Kid.... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Ready Steady Freddie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Box set
    Well packaged. Some rare films and great extras. Bob Hope is a one of a kind American classic. These Paramount films are some of his best early films. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Shane Sullivan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bob the funny man Hope
    I purchased this set for the film "Nothing but the Truth". Plus the other movies are typical Bob Hope. Very enjoyable.All the movies play just fine.
    Published 14 months ago by Michael T. Callahan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Quality of the picture
    This is a classic. The picture quality if perfect. It does not get stuck anywhere. I have watched these movies and I want to watch them again and again.
    Published 15 months ago by Asif Khan
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