The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)
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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951): Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne (a/k/a The Lemon Drop Kid), a con man who offers a friendly sure thing horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran. But when his sure thing loses and Mooses original pick wins, Sidney is given until Christmas to pay back the money or else. So to raise the money he owes, Sidney enlists some old pals to hit the street corners of New York dressed as Santa Claus accepting donations for a bogus elderly ladies home. What follows is vintage Hope shenanigans, highlighted by a heart-warming rendition of the Christmas classic Silver Bells sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.
My Favorite Brunette (1947): In this hilarious spoof of Film Noir and detective tales, Bob Hope plays Ronnie Jackson, a photographer mistaken for a detective. Co-starring Alan Ladd, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre & Lon Chaney Jr.
Road To Rio (1947): The fifth Road to.. picture starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. When two musicians stow away on a ship bound for Rio, they get more than they bargained for. Intrigue, duels and high comedy are just a few of the adventures waiting for them. Co-starring Dorothy Lamour.
Road To Bali (1952): Bob Hope and Bing Crosby star in their sixth Road to.. picture. When the two song-and-dance men have to leave Australia in a hurry, they sign-on to work as divers. They find themselves on a beautiful island on the way to Bali where they compete for the affection of Princess Lala.
The Seven Little Foys (1955): Bob Hope stars as Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy. Despite his vow to always be a solo act, Foy marries Italian ballerina Madeleine and soon has seven little ones to contend with. Co-starring James Cagney.
Top Customer Reviews
There have been so many rubbishy public domain releases of Road to Bali & Rio, with the quality ranging from horrendous all the way up to almost acceptable. But thanks to the good folks at Shout Factory and Fremantle, finally here is a set with decent picture and sound quality. Bali is clear with vivid eye-popping Technicolor; Rio is in crisp black & white. Both are from prints far superior to anything I've seen before. As noted in a previous review, My Favorite Brunette is also looking rather dandy.
This is the one to get. Accept no other.
These five movies are perfect examples of why Hope was such an unbeatable actor/comedian (he even shows off his impressive hoofing skills--with James Cagney, no less!--in "The Seven Little Foys").
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hope!
- "My Favourite Brunette" is a very funny satire of of the private eye films such as "The Maltese Falcon". Dorothy Lamour is very droll here, always at her best with Hope and the film has an excellent supporting cast.
- Two "Road" films are included. Neither "Rio" nor "Bali" are the best in the series but any "Road" picture is way ahead of most screen comedies of the time and Hope always brought the best out in Crosby. "Rio" is in technicolour and looks great.
- "The Lemon Drop Kid" is a typical sentimental Damon Runyon yarn about the characters around Broadway, the old dames and the gangsters. Hope fits in well but the sentiment is laid on thick and dates the film. He does perform an hilarious bit in drag which is worth the rest of the film put together
- "The Seven Little Foys" really stretches Hope in the biography of Eddie Foy and his brood. The star dispenses with his regular mugging, does not play for sympathy and does maybe his best straight acting ever. The highlight is his dance with Jimmy Cagney as George M Cohan. This is also an excellent technicolour print.
The set contains no extras except a few theatrical trailers.
Ken Barrett Mooroolbark Australia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An old time Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope, if you love old movies you will love this one!Published 14 days ago by PJ
Can't go wrong with the early Bob Hope movies. These were remastered(finally!) and have not looked better. Another great effort from Shout Factory..Published 2 months ago by Paullore1
George Cochran and Harold Gridley are somewhat down-on-their-luck song and dance men who have to leave Melbourne, Australia in a hurry. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alice in Wondland
Bob Hope is just great in this hysterical and extremely funny movie,he is hilarious as the cowardly baby photographer who dreams of being a " hard boiled tough as nails "... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathy Russell
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