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Excellent prints of well known Hope films,
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This review is from: The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys) (DVD)
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.