Bob Hope takes a look at the tradition of vaudeville through sketches, songs, and tributes to vaudeville's many acts and personalities. Lucille Ball, Bernadette Peters, Vivian Reed, Jack Albertson, and Captain and Tennille appear. Jimmie Walker makes a cameo appearance. The sketches include "The Neglected Wife," "The Housecleaners," and "The Hospital." Lucille Ball sings as Sophie Tucker.
Did You Know?
One name conspicuously missing from Hope's lengthy list of vaudevillians is George Burns. Ironically, the theme song to his television and radio show ("Love Nest") is used as musical introduction to the first sketch. Although friendly rivals, they often appeared on the same shows together. See more
In the hospital sketch, when patient Hope gets up to leave, the cast on his leg starts to slip off. Lucy ad libs "Put your leg on." See more
Herself - Guest
[as Nurse, answering phone
Whether you're hit by a cab or stabbed by a cactus, this is the place to get malpractice.
I Write the Songs
(as "We Clean the Dirt")
Written by Bruce Johnston
Sung by Bob Hope
and Lucille Ball See more