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31 October 1974 (USA) See more »
Dean Martin hosts a star studded celebrity roast of Bob Hope. | Add synopsis »
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"He's entertained six Presidents, he performed for twelve." - Gov. Ronald Reagan See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dean Martin ... Himself - Roastmaster

Bob Hope ... Himself

Flip Wilson ... Himself

James Stewart ... Himself
Howard Cosell ... Himself

Jack Benny ... Himself
Omar N. Bradley ... Himself (as Gen. Omar Bradley)

Phyllis Diller ... Herself

Milton Berle ... Himself

Neil Armstrong ... Himself

Rich Little ... Himself

Ginger Rogers ... Herself
Billy Graham ... Himself (as Rev. Billy Graham)
Johnny Bench ... Himself
Foster Brooks ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (as Gov. Ronald Reagan)

Nipsey Russell ... Himself

Don Rickles ... Himself
Sugar Ray Robinson ... Himself

Mark Spitz ... Himself

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Herself

John Wayne ... Himself - Pre-Taped Message

Henry Kissinger ... Himself - Pre-Taped Message

Dolores Hope ... Herself

Directed by
Greg Garrison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Arthur Bloom  (as George Bloom)
Stan Burns 
Harry Crane 
Peter Gallay 
Don Hinkley 
Mike Marmer 
Milt Rosen 
Tom Tenowich 

Produced by
Greg Garrison .... producer
Lee Hale .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Ken Baker (video tape)
Art Direction by
Robert Fletcher 
Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist
Production Management
P. Dean Reed .... unit manager
Janet Tighe .... production supervisor
Roger Warnix .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clay Daniel .... associate director
Sound Department
Joe Ralston .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Smith .... video
Lon Stucky .... lighting director
Other crew
Buddy Arnold .... creative consultant
Janice Buchanan .... assistant to the producer
Bob Chic .... stage manager
Henry Frankel .... talent coordinator
Mack Gray .... production associate
Karl Messerschmidt .... technical director
Kendis Rochlen .... man of the hour coordinator
Lynne Voeth .... assistant to the producer

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Revealing mistakes: Take note of the gold-colored trim around the perimeter of the Man of the Hour portrait which appears and disappears throughout this episode. By inference these different appearances seem to indicate two separate taping times. Possibly two different background props (portrait mounts) were used and care was not taken to ensure the same one was always used from start to finish of this episode which may explain the difference in the way they look.See more »
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"He's entertained six Presidents, he performed for twelve." - Gov. Ronald Reagan, 1 April 2012
Author: classicsoncall from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

For major Hollywood stars and entertainers, the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast brought out the big guns to honor their Man of the Hour, and there was no bigger power lineup than the one for Bob Hope. On the dais for Hope's tribute were such heavy hitters as Jimmy Stewart, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Phyllis Diller and Don Rickles. Making appearances remotely were John Wayne from the set of "Rooster Cogburn", and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Also on hand were astronaut Neal Armstrong and five star General Omar Bradley, truly a unique guest paying tribute to Hope's long history of entertaining American troops far and wide throughout the world. For once, impressionist Rich Little was at a disadvantage, as all of his most famous imitations were there in person. I recall watching a number of these Celebrity Roasts back in the day, and usually caught all the major ones like this, and it surprised me after all these years that I remember Governor Ronald Reagan's line in my summary above. As far back as 1974, folks like Hope and Rickles were ribbing him about his political aspirations and alluded to his designs on becoming President. So watching these shows today is quite a trip down memory lane bringing back fond remembrances of a time gone by when these big name stars would get together and have some fun while giving their audience a good time as well. Hard to believe this one took place almost forty years ago.

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