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The Road to Comedy: The Films of Bob Hope Hardcover – December 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0275982577 ISBN-10: 0275982572

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275982572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275982577
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Many biographies have been written about Bob Hope; but no book yet has focused on the extent of the comic persona he created in film, vaudeville and radio alike - not until Donald W. McCaffrey's The Road To Comedy: The Films Of Bob Hope. Noted comedy film critic McCaffrey blends archival materials with critical surveys and interviews with Bob Hope's contemporaries and collaborators to analyze each major film in depth.?-MBR Internet Bookwatch/The Bookwatch

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The first book to focus on the film work of Bob Hope, this engaging assessment and history explores the comic persona this legendary star created. Drawing on archival materials, interviews with collaborators, and the films themselves, noted film comedy authority Donald W. McCaffrey establishes the reasons Hope is considered one of the greatest film comedians of his era.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By curtis martin on February 6, 2011
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This is a good overview of Bob Hope's film career, but it is also an unfocused one. The author too often goes off on highly detailed tangents that, while interesting on their own, have almost nothing to do with the subject at hand. The most egregious case of this is in the book's first chapter, in which the author slips in several parsgraphs and two photos of one Larry Foy, a dancer who opened for Hope back in the Vaudeville days. His excuse for this interruption in the Hope story is that Foy (not related to the Eddie Foy Hope played in The Seven Little Foys) was the uncle of one of his assistants.
But the Foy tangent adds nothing to the reader's experience except confusion as to why it was included. In other words, it was pretty lame to include that padding. It was just something the author knew about and he could not help sharing that (unnessesary) knowledge.
And this isn't the only such inclusion of bafflingly irrelevant info the book contains, just one of the first.

The author of this book needed a strong editor to help (force) him to weed out the irrelevant stuff. There is much better book buried in there somewhere.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2006
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There have been a number of books written about Bob Hope, but The Road to Comedy by Donald W. McCaffrey is the first to do a thorough critical analysis of the star's film career. It's possible that many people who were born after the late 1960's make not even be aware of Hope's long film career. Bob had one of the greatest lines in history when as host of the Academy Awards one year he welcomed the guests to the awards or, "as we call it in my home, Passover!" Classic... McCaffrey begins by tracing Hope's career in vaudeville and radio where he honed his trademark wit and timing and even covers Hope's early two-reel comedies. His first feature was in the Big Broadcast of 1938 and would set him on a movie career that would last over 30 years.

McCaffrey analyzes Hopes film in various stages such as his war-time films like Old Dark House-style films Cat & the Canary and Ghostbreakers, My Favorite Blonde, and Caught in the Draft. He also explores Bob's films made with perhaps his best screenwriter Edmund L. Hartmann in classics like The Paleface, Casanova's Big Night, and The Lemon Drop Kid. McCaffrey reserves a special chapter dedicated to perhaps Hope's most famous films, the seven "Road" pictures that he did with Bing Crosby from 1940 to 1962. As a Hope fan, I was ecstatic to see McCaffrey devote so much space to some of Hope's lesser known films. One of those was "Thanks for the Memory" that gave Bob his signature theme music but is really a well-done comedy that rarely is seen on TV (although it is on video).

McCaffrey also does a wonderful job of showing just how much influence Hope's films had on comedians and filmmakers who came after him such as Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Alan Alda, and Steve Martin.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on July 1, 2006
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Professor McCaffrey (perhaps a distant clansman of the preminent Canadian poet Steve) has given us a jolly and penetrating look at the five myths that surround the filmwork of 100 year old comedian Bob Hope, born in Britain but one who became more American than the Americans. As an outsider, Hope had perhaps a keener take on our foibles, for good and for bad. He warmed up to American women especially, treating them with respect and admiration, and a lot of lust of course--compare his screen attitude toward the opposite sex with that of cold, boastful Bing Crosby. A woman like Paulette Goddard--sensual, giving, carefree--set off some bells in a man like Hope, and she gave him something other screen partners couldn't. He isn't that great with Katharine Hepburn, but Jane Russell made him shine. His pictures with Lucille Ball are a subject of passionate controversy, but Professor McCaffrey argues that they are among his best, even (in the case of THE FACTS OF LIFE) approaching the kind of sophistication we associate with Billy Wilder or Max Ophuls. I don't think so.

The five myths that Hope suffers from are:

He's always the same in all of his pictures. McCaffrey counters this with his sensitive, somewhat Method depiction of the real life figures James Walker and Eddie Foy Senior in a pair of biopics which are among Hope's worst.

His visual humor is weak, compared to his love of puns and nonsense. Actually Hope is funniest in his expressions and his reactions, his double-takes, his grimaces. Visually he's no Jerry Lewis but that's a good thing, right?

Number three, he was always G-rated and that means, hee was out of his depth when it deals with real life sexual and romantic situations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 9, 2005
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Many biographies have been written about Bob Hope; but no book yet has focused on the extent of the comic persona he created in film, vaudeville and radio alike - not until Donald W. McCaffrey's The Road To Comedy: The Films Of Bob Hope. Noted comedy film critic McCaffrey blends archival materials with critical surveys and interviews with Bob Hope's contemporaries and collaborators to analyze each major film in depth.
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