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11 November 1938 (USA) See more »
Bob Hope is an out of work writer who stays home and plays house husband while his wife goes to work for her former fiancé and Hope's publisher who is still carrying a torch for her. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Steve Merrick

Shirley Ross ... Anne Merrick

Charles Butterworth ... Biney

Otto Kruger ... Gil Morrell

Hedda Hopper ... Polly Griscom
Laura Hope Crews ... Mrs. Kent
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Platt

Roscoe Karns ... George Kent

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Janitor
Edward Gargan ... Flanahan
Jack Norton ... Bert Monroe
Patricia Wilder ... Luella

William Collier Sr. ... Mr. Platt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barney Dean ... Kelly
Pat West ... Refuse Man
June Brewster ... Frances (uncredited)
Mary Brodel ... Clara (uncredited)
Jack Chapin ... Messenger (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ... Model (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Refuse Man (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lillian Herlein ... Landlady (uncredited)
Gwen Kenyon ... Model (uncredited)
Johnnie Morris ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Luana Walters ... Model (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Lynn Starling (screenplay)

Albert Hackett (play "Up Pops the Devil") and
Frances Goodrich (play "Up Pops the Devil")

Produced by
Mel Shauer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Charles Bradshaw (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hans Dreier 
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
John Leipold .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Paramount Pictures made Thanks for the Memory after the success of the Bob Hope and Shirley Ross duet Thanks for the Memory from the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938). Another hit duet came from this film, recorded by both of them, Two Sleepy People.See more »
Polly Griscom:Mercy! Who's the dame in the ermine with the flock of orchids?
Biney:That's Mrs. George. He married the Stickle million.
Polly Griscom:My, she must have had a lot of fun knitting socks for the soldiers.
Polly Griscom:In the Civil War.
Biney:Some of the best wine comes out of old bottles, Polly.
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Remake of Up Pops the Devil (1931)See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Follow-up film for Oscar Winning Song, 15 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's a natural mistake assume that Bob Hope's familiar theme Thanks for the Memory comes from an early film with this title, but it isn't the case.

The Academy Award theme song came from Bob Hope's feature film debut in The Big Broadcast of 1938. Hope and Shirley Ross sung the number as a duet and proved so popular that Paramount rushed to put them in a film together and they used the song title to take advantage of its popularity. By now Hope was on radio and Thanks for the Memory became his theme that lasted the rest of his century long life.

Hope and Ross are a young married couple who are having their problems. He's a novelist who can't seem to come up with a finish for his latest work. She's a former fashion model and a former fiancé of Hope's publisher Otto Kruger who still has a yen for her.

Kruger certainly has ulterior motives when he suggests Ross go back to work and Hope stay at home do the housework and finish the novel. But it does seem like the only practical solution. Of course this is where the comedy starts.

Hope's not bad in this, but the role was far better suited for someone like Cary Grant. He and Ross get to sing another duet, Two Sleepy People, which was also a big hit. About this time Bob Hope and Shirley Ross recorded Thanks for the Memory and Two Sleepy People for Decca as a 78 rpm which sold over a million copies in Depression America.

Thanks for the Memory also gives one an opportunity to see Eddie Anderson do a variation on his Rochester character as the building janitor. Anderson had the gravelly comic voice which he used to great effect on Jack Benny's show. He was certainly never servile to Benny on the radio, in fact usually gave him a zing every show. He has a Rochester like moment with Hope as he insists that Hope pay him $10.25 for doing his laundry which Hope doesn't have. For a black man to stand up like that in 1938 is a rarity unto itself.

The title song is heard at the end where Hope and Ross reprise their duet from The Big Broadcast of 1938. And the song was sent well on its way to becoming an American classic.

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