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Happy Birthday, Bob (1978)

A 75th birthday salute to Bob Hope at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


Bob Wynn




Credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynn Anderson ... Herself
Ann-Margret ... Herself
Pearl Bailey ... Herself
Lucille Ball ... Herself
Christie Brinkley ... Herself
George Burns ... Himself
Johnny Carson ... Himself
Lynda Carter ... Herself
Harry Wayne Casey ... Himself (as KC and the Sunshine Band)
Charo ... Herself
Bert Convy ... Himself
Howard Cosell Howard Cosell ... Himself
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself
Mac Davis ... Himself


A 75th birthday salute to Bob Hope at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Release Date:

29 May 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bob Hope is honored with a special three-hour program. This show was taped at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and some 25 celebrities performed. There will be clips from Hope's films, newsreel footage from his Christmas shows overseas, and a tribute to Bob's friendship with Bing Crosby. Making appearances on the program will be Ann-Margret, Johnny Carson, Kathryn Crosby, Elliott Gould, Dorothy Lamour, and Red Skelton. Musical numbers are slated to feature Pearl Bailey, Lynn Anderson, Lucille Ball, Charo, Mac Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Carol Lawrence, Tony Orlando, Donny and Marie Osmond, and David Soul. There will be comedy provided by the Muppets, Redd Foxx, Alan King, Charles Nelson Reilly, Don Rickles, Shields and Yarnell, Danny Thomas, and Fred Travalena. See more »

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Very entertaining
31 March 2005 | by edmundcgSee all my reviews

A good intro to the comic genius Bob Hope. His life story is told by friends in songs and in pictures and we get a glimpse into the life (at least the movie and entertainment side of it) of a comedian. The big bonus in this TV special is that the friends are luminaries themselves: George Burns, Lucille Ball and Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few. Hope's childhood, early years and later success is documented in a vaudeville style.I especially liked the segments on the "Road Pictures" as presented by Dorothy Lamour. For those unfamiliar with these hilarious movies featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, the plot is simple: Bing thinks Lamour is his girl, Hope thinks Lamour is his girl, and Lamour thinks she's Bing' girl or Hope's girl or both. They encounter adventures and misadventures and all with "a laugh, a song, and a dance".

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