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The Bob Hope Collection: Vol. 2 (The Great Lover / Paris Holiday / The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell / How to Commit Marriage / Son of Paleface / Cancel My Reservation)

Bob Hope , Anita Ekberg , Frank Tashlin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Anita Ekberg, Preston Sturges, Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IB04MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Taken from wonderful high-definition transfers, this collection presents six classic comedies starring the legendary Bob Hope! Now you can sit back, laugh and rediscover the magic of the song-and-dance comedian widely considered to be the Entertainer of the 20th Century in this brand-new set from Shout! Factory!

The Great Lover (1949): Bob Hope plays scoutmaster Freddie Hunter in this delightful comedy. During a European tour with the scouts, Freddie falls under the influence of a cardsharp who promotes a romance between Freddie and Duchess Alexandria. Co-stars Rhonda Fleming, Roland Young and George Reeves.

Son Of Paleface (1952): Peter "Junior" Potter (Hope) is a Harvard graduate who heads west to the town of Sawbuck Pass to claim his father’sfortune. Once there, Junior discovers that the whole town claims to be owed a debt and that his father’s treasure chest is empty. Co-starring Jane Russell and Roy Rogers.

Paris Holiday (1958): American comedian Bob Hunter (Bob Hope) is chased all over Paris by the underworld, aided by his French counterpart, Fernydel (Fernandel). This classic comedy co-stars Anita Ekberg, Martha Hyer, Preston Sturges and Yves Brainville.

The Private Navy Of Sgt. O’Farrell (1968): Hope stars as Master Sergeant Dan O'Farrell, who has the craziest crew ever to sale in this WWII comedy. Co-starring Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter, Gina Lollobrigida and Dick Sargent.

How To Commit Marriage (1969): Jackie Gleason joins Bob Hope in this clash of comedy titans!. Co-starring Jane Wyman, Leslie Nielson, Tina Louise and Tim Matheson.

Cancel My Reservation (1972): Dan Bartlett is a late-night TV talk show host taking a much-needed vacation in Arizona. There, he stumbles upon a murder and a conspiracy to defraud a local Native American group of part of its reservation. Co-Starring Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Anne Archer and Keenan Wynn. Look for some big name cameos as well.

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3.0 out of 5 stars More stars for Bob - less for this DVD release... July 6, 2011
I find it harder and harder to accept that in an age of hi-def blu-ray and 3D television we still get older films released on DVD that do not present the entire image as filmed by the director. The pan-and-scan versions of Bob's widescreen films on this set are simply unacceptable. If proper elements were lacking after a thorough search of the (Paramount?) vaults and elsewhere then we should have been duly notified in the package. As it is I find this set no better than the old public domain versions that float around. I applaud Shout! for recognizing a market for Bob Hope films on DVD; I chastise them for not taking us seriously by giving us crappy versions. We're not all old codgers who don't know the difference between P&S and widescreen and don't know when they're being ripped off. I'll gladly pay more for the next set if that's what it takes for them to do it right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Collection March 29, 2013
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It was nice to get a quality release of these Bob Hope Movies but as mentioned before it is very disappointing that these were released in 4:3 instead of 16:9 even thou it mentions 16:9 on the DVD. Why most movie company's continue to think we of the older generation won't purchase the movies we grew up with is beyond me. I'm always searching for the movies from the 50's 60's and 70's that I love and its annoying watching the continued release of the modern crap that is put on disk before the quality from the past. For Bob Hope fans this is a good purchase even thou it's like your watching it as presented on TV in the 70's. It still enjoyable to have a good copy even thou it's not in the original release format.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad, and the great Hope September 29, 2011
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Volume 2 is an even wider mix of Bob Hope comedies in one package. Most of these have been previously released; even less spectacular is the prints have been untouched ("The Great Lover" is still dark & scratchy, while "Paris Holiday" retains its splash-colored Technirama).
Why 4 stars instead of 5? Depending on what you like, this volume really shows the difference between Hope at the top of his game, and Hope when he should've called it quits years earlier.
"The Great Lover" (1949) is the earliest offering, showing Hope in fine wisecracking-cowardly-womanizing form as a scoutmaster leading his troupe through Europe (via luxury liner) while crossing paths with a charming murderer & lovely Rhonda Fleming (look for a hilarious cameo from Jack Benny). "Son of Paleface" (1952) is one of my personal faves. A zany sequel to the 1948 original, Hope plays the Harvard-educated "idiot son" of Painless Potter who returns west to inherit his Daddy's fortune while fending off town creditors hungry to get paid off. En route, he gets mixed up with a tough gang leader (darkly gorgeous Jane Russell as "The Torch") and the federal agent (Roy Rogers, along with Trigger, the horse who easily outwits Hope) tracking her. Helmed by former Looney Toons animator Frank Tashlin (which explains why he has a real eye for wild sight gags), Hope couldn't have been in better hands. Hope proves here that he's become a masterful visual comedian as well as a verbal one at this point, and the movie dares you not to laugh all the way through it. "Paris Holiday" (1958) is an extremely pleasing comedy, pairing Hope with blond beauty Anita Ekberg, and teaming him with French comedian Ferndandel with surprisingly amusing results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bob Hope Films August 15, 2011
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This DVD is made up of 5 GREAT Films of Bob Hope at his best.
Great Enertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bob Hope Collection Volume Two May 6, 2011
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A great set with one complaint, The Great Lover was Not very good copy, it was watchable and thats about it. Apart from that all the others were all good copies.Well worth the money.

Ken Barrett Mooroolbark Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love bob hope December 6, 2013
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I try to get all the bob hope movies I can and you have a lot and they always in good shape
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