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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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For over 70 years, the name Bob Hope has been synonymous with laughter. Now Shout! Factory cordially invites you to sit back and celebrate the legendary comedic career of Bob Hope with five of his most hilarious and popular films, completely remastered from brand-new, stunning high-definition transfers!


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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, James Cagney
  • Directors: Hal Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042FUHV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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(EDIT: This is a review for The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys). If you are reading this under the listing for The Bob Hope Collection: Volume Two (The Great Lover / Paris Holiday / The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell / How to Commit Marriage / Son of Paleface / Cancel My Reservation), it's irrelevant.)

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.
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This is a very good collection of Bob Hope films, but I must admit that I wanted this set especially for "My Favorite Brunette". This film has been in the public domain forever, but the Shout factory finally got it correct. In my opinion, this is the best print you are going to find. The print is clear with excellent contrast. You can finally see what's happening in all the dark scenes. For example, when Bob first walks up to the mansion for the first time, when Peter Lorre is moving the clue around in one of the rooms, when Peter Lorre is in the back seat of the car, these and all the scenes are now beautifully clear. Years ago I viewed this movie in this condition and then it seemed to disappear. Even on TCM, the print was bad and I assumed the good print was gone. Well, here it is. If this movie isn't your cup of tea you have all the others to enjoy. The Lemon Drop Kid is another film in this collection where the print info above applies. The Lemon Drop Kid also qualifies as a Christmas movie and actually introduced the song "Silver Bells". Enjoy!
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Oh sure, these five Bob Hope films have been out in individual release for some time (especially "Road to Bali" & "My Favorite Brunette", which have been re-re-RE-packaged to death!). But it took the efforts of SHOUT! Factory/Fremantle Media to finally give them the showcase they deserve. I must say, I'm impressed with the handsome DVD case & the snappy graphics for each movie display menu; no generics here!
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!
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The good news about this collection of Bob Hope films is that a number of them have been available for years in lousy public domain copies and the prints here are excellent. Here is what you get:

- "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.
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Well worth the money with great Prints. It was good to see a decent copy of My Favorite Brunette.Well done to the shout factory.Lets Have some more classics.

Ken Barrett Mooroolbark Australia.
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I've admired Bob Hope for decades. Of all his films, my favorite of his is "My Favorite Brunette", also starring Lon Chaney, Peter Lorre, and Dorothy Lamour. Unfortunately all the copies (on DVD) I've purchased over the years are horrific copies of copies from the Public Domain... Why Paramount permitted this film to eclipse its copyright is just plain irresponsible. Imagine my astonishment, when I took a gamble and purchased yet ANOTHER DVD of this film, only to find that "My Favorite Brunette" was extracted from a much better - and cleaner - print. It's not the best (as it deserves to be) but it is by far the most beautiful offspring of several generations of prints from the original master. I find this one film alone worth the price of this collection. The other films are great fun, especially for the family (if they aren't yet too sophisticated enough to enjoy great stories in black and white) and I was so relieved to find this collection in such great shape. You will not be the least bit disappointed in this edition. Do not bother with any other DVD release of "My Favorite Brunette" - this is the only one I've found that has a quality of about 90%, and believe me, this is as good as gold while it lasts...
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