Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ten Movies on an Island: Bob Hope

Bob Hope is everyone's favorite comedienne. Or at least, he's one of mine. I can't remember the first film I saw of his. It was either Son of Paleface (1952) or My Favorite Brunette/Road to Bali (double feature dvd from Dollar Tree). Whichever film it was, I found Bob to be hilarious and now own several of his movies. His bromance with Bing Crosby is one of the greatest ever captured on film (Bing has a cameo in virtually every Hope film. If not Bob makes a crack about him). I still have lots of his movies to see, but here are my favorites:
1. The Ghost Breakers (1940) - Paulette Goddard
2. Caught in the Draft (1941) - Dorothy Lamour
3. The Princess and the Pirate (1944) - Virginia Mayo
4. My Favorite Brunette (1947) - Dorothy Lamour
5. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) - Marilyn Maxwell
6. Son of Paleface (1952) - Jane Russell and Roy Rogers
7. Paris Holiday (1958) - Anita Ekberg
8. Alias Jesse James (1959) - Rhonda Fleming
9. Bachelor in Paradise (1961) - Lana Turner
10. The Road to... Series with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour (except Hong Kong) - ok, I'm cheating with this one but I don't remember which ones I like best)
What film was your introduction to Bob Hope? Which of his films is your favorite?


  1. Awwww, Bob Hope. How I love him! Although you've mentioned, mmmmmm, 2 movies of his that I've never seen so now I'll have to track them down. His 1960s films are loads of fun. I love The Facts of Life with Lucille Ball, but my favorites of his are The Ghost Breakers and My Favorite Blonde. Such great films from such an awesome comedian!

    It always warms my heart when people appreciate him so much. I even used his life as a topic for one of my speeches in my public speaking class! :)

    1. Just rewatched My Favorite Blonde a couple weeks ago! There's always plenty of laugh out loud moments in his films :)

  2. I thought I had seen quite a few Bob Hope movies, but looking at your list makes me realize there are still quite a few I haven't seen.

    I first saw The Road to Morocco and the Road to series, which I still love, but I've also come to love the three movies he made with Paulette Goddard, who I think might have been his very best leading lady.

    1. I've only seen two of his films with Goddard. That's a good point, because with some of his other leading ladies it's still a "Bob Hope" picture, but Goddard is able to hold her own, if you know what I mean.

    2. Yes, I definitely agree! it makes their films feel slightly more like "romantic" comedies, with the give and take between them.