Bob Hope - Rotten Tomatoes

Bob Hope

Highest Rated:   100% Hearts and Minds (2004)
Lowest Rated:   18% The Oscar (1966)
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Birthplace:   Eltham, London, England, UK
It is hardly necessary to enumerate the accomplishments, patriotic services, charitable donations, awards, medals, and honorariums pertaining to Bob Hope, a man for whom the word "legend" seems somehow inadequate. Never mind that he was born in England; the entertainer unquestionably became an American institution.Hope's father was a stonemason and his mother a one-time concert singer; when he was two, his parents moved him and his brothers to Cleveland, where relatives awaited. Since everyone in the Hope clan was expected to contribute to the family's income, he took on several part-time jobs early in life. One of these was as a concessionaire at Cleveland's Luna Park, where Hope had his first taste of show business by winning a Charlie Chaplin imitation contest. (He later claimed he'd gotten his brothers to strong-arm all the neighborhood kids to vote for him). At 16, Hope entered the work force full-time as a shoe salesman for a department store, then as a stock boy for an auto company. At night, he and a friend picked up spare change singing at local restaurants and saloons, and, for a brief time, he was an amateur boxer, calling himself "Packy East." Picking up dancing tips from older vaudevillians, Hope decided to devote himself to a show business career, first in partnership with his girlfriend Mildred Rosequist, then with a pal named Lloyd Durbin. Comedian Fatty Arbuckle, headlining a touring revue, caught Hope and Durbin's comedy/dancing act and helped the boys get better bookings. Following the accidental death of Durbin, Hope found another partner, George Byrne, with whom he developed a blackface act. After several career reversals, Hope and Byrne were about to pack it in when they were hired to emcee Marshall Walker's Whiz Bang review in New Castle, PA. As the more loquacious member of the team, Hope went out on-stage as a single and got excellent response for his seemingly ad-libbed wisecracks. It was in this and subsequent vaudeville appearances that Hope learned how to handle tough audiences by having the guts to wait on-stage until everyone in the crowd had gotten his jokes; he was still using this technique seven decades later. Dropping his blackface makeup and cannibalizing every college humor magazine he could get his hands on, Hope took on yet another partner (Louise Troxell) in 1928 and started getting choice vaudeville bookings on the Keith Circuit. A year later, he was given a movie screen test, but was told his ski-slope nose didn't photograph well. With material from legendary gagster Al Boasberg, Hope appeared as a single in The Antics of 1931, which led to a better theatrical gig with Ballyhoo of 1932, in which he was encouraged to ad-lib to his heart's content. He then went back to vaudeville and squeezed in his first radio appearance in 1933 before being hired as the comedy second lead in an important Jerome Kern Broadway musical, Roberta. During the long run of this hit, Hope met and married nightclub singer Dolores Reade, who became still another of his on-stage partners when the play closed and Hope yet again returned to vaudeville. He scored a major success in Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, which spotlighted his talent for sketch comedy, and then co-starred with Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante in Red, Hot and Blue. In 1937, he was brought to Hollywood for Paramount's The Big Broadcast of 1938, in which he duetted with Shirley Ross in the Oscar-winning song "Thanks for the Memory," which became his signature theme from then on. Hope's first few years at Paramount found him appearing in relatively sedate comedy leads, but with The Cat and the Canary (1939) he solidified his screen persona as the would-be great lover and "brave coward" who hides his insecurities with constant wisecracking. In 1940, Hope was teamed with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour for Road to Singapore, the first of the still-uproarious "Road" series that featured everything from in-jokes about Bob and Bing's private lives to talking

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Derby-Fieber USA
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Great Crooners
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet TV Mania Too!
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Not So Long Ago
  • Narrator
2004
100% Hearts and Minds
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Popeye - Fists of Fury
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Bob Hope - The Vietnam Years
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet D-Day Remembered
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter
  • Actor
2003
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
$1.4M 2002
86% Road to Zanzibar
  • Hubert 'Fearless' Frazier
2001
No Score Yet Bob Hope: His Road to Comedy
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Sixty Years with Bob Hope
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet World's Greatest Movie Challenge
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Family Day at the Movies
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Forty Years of Television Broadcast Journalism: A Salute to KTLA
  • Actor
1987
35% Spies Like Us
  • Himself
1985
No Score Yet Bob Hope Buys NBC?
  • Actor
1985
88% The Muppet Movie
  • Ice Cream Man
1979
No Score Yet Cancel My Reservation
  • Executive Producer
  • Dan Bartlett
1972
No Score Yet Raquel!
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet How to Commit Marriage
  • Frank Benson
  • Executive Producer
1969
No Score Yet The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
  • O'Farrell
1968
No Score Yet Eight on the Lam
  • Henry Dimsdale
1967
No Score Yet Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Meade
1966
18% The Oscar
  • Himself
1966
No Score Yet I'll Take Sweden
  • Bob Holcomb
1965
No Score Yet A Global Affair
  • Frank Larrimore
1964
No Score Yet Call Me Bwana
  • Matt
1963
No Score Yet Critic's Choice
  • Parker Ballantine
1963
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong
  • Chester Babcock
1962
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise
  • Adam J. Niles
1961
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers
  • Narrator
1961
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
  • Larry Gilbert
1960
No Score Yet Danny Thomas Special: The Road to Lebanon
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Five Pennies
  • Himself
1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James
  • Executive Producer
  • Milford Farnsworth
1959
No Score Yet Paris Holiday
  • Producer
  • Robert Leslie Hunter
1958
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show)
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Beau James
  • Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker
1957
No Score Yet The Iron Petticoat
  • Maj. Chuck Lockwood
1957
No Score Yet The Seven Little Foys
  • Eddie Foy
1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Pippo Popolino
1954
No Score Yet Here Come the Girls (Champagne for Everybody)
  • Stanley Snodgrass
1953
83% Scared Stiff
  • Himself
1953
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • People in Grandstand
1952
89% Son of Paleface
  • Junior
1952
No Score Yet Road to Bali
  • Harold Gridley
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Peanuts White / Eric Augustine
1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid
  • Lemon Drop Kid/Sidney Melbourne
1951
No Score Yet Fancy Pants
  • Arthur Tyler
1950
No Score Yet The Great Lover
  • Freddie Hunter
1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones
  • Humphrey "Sorrowful" Jones
1949
100% The Paleface
  • Painless Peter Potter
1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Himself
1947
71% My Favorite Brunette
  • Ronnie Jackson
1947
100% Road to Rio
  • Hot Lips Barton
1947
No Score Yet Where There's Life
  • Michael Valentine
1947
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire
  • M. Beaucaire
1946
100% Road to Utopia
  • Chester Hooton
1945
No Score Yet The All-Star Bond Rally
  • Guest
1945
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate
  • Sylvester the Great
1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It
  • Jerry Walker
1943
20% They Got Me Covered
  • Robert Kittredge
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Master of Ceremonies
1942
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Larry Haines
1942
92% Road to Morocco
  • Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy
1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase
  • Jim Taylor
1941
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth
  • Steve Bennett
1941
83% The Ghost Breakers
  • Larry Lawrence
1940
100% Road to Singapore
  • Ace Lannigan
1940
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary
  • Wally Campbell
1939
No Score Yet Caught in the Draft
  • Don Bolton
1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance)
  • Nicky Nelson
1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die
  • John Kidley
1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory
  • Steve Merrick
1938
No Score Yet Give Me A Sailor
  • Jim Brewster
1938
No Score Yet College Swing
  • Bud Brady
1938
No Score Yet The Old Grey Mayor
  • Bob Hope
1935
No Score Yet Going Spanish
  • Bob
1934
No Score Yet Radio Star - die AFN-Story
  • Actor

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