Bob Hope made his radio debut on NBC in May 1937. He became a top-rated fixture on Tuesday nights with his theme song, "Thanks for the Memories". His legendary broadcasts from military bases around the world helped boost American morale during the dark days of World War II. Over the years, his radio regulars included Jerry Colonna, Brenda and Cobina, Vera Vague, Wendall Niles, and orchestras led by Skinnay Ennis and Les Brown. Featured singers on the show included Judy Garland, Frances Langford, Doris Day, and Gloria Jean.
Hope's radio career lasted well into the mid-1950s. By then, he had become a major movie and television star. He died on July 29, 2003, at the age of 100.
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"One of America's most popular radio comedians." (Raymond Strait, Bob Hope: A Tribute)
The sound quality isn't great, but this is only to be expected from an old radio recording. This show tales place in front of an all female audience, so there is a lot of shrieking and much of the female orientated jokes do not translate to a modern attitude. Cary Grant doesn't get a lot to do, which is surprising given his talent for comedy. Interesting to hear the humour from that era though.
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