American Masters (1985– )
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This Is Bob Hope... 

A look at the life and career of Bob Hope.


John Scheinfeld


John Scheinfeld


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Episode credited cast:
Gracie Allen ... Herself (archive footage)
Woody Allen ... Himself
Ann-Margret ... Herself (archive footage)
Pearl Bailey ... Herself (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Les Brown Les Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
James Cagney ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Rosemary Clooney ... Herself (archive footage)
Jerry Colonna ... Himself (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)


Explores the entertainer's life with unprecedented access to his personal archives including writings voiced by Billy Crystal, clips from his body of work, and interviews with Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.

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17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Crew Neck Productions See more »
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Great Look at Hope
24 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

This is Bob Hope (2017)

**** (out of 4)

This here is a wonderful documentary covering the life and times of Bob Hope. The film takes us through his early days growing up poor to his rise in vaudeville, Hollywood and leading up to his final years.

Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho, daughter LInda Hope, Leonard Maltin, Conan O'Brien, Connie Stevens, Brooke Shields and Tom Selleck are among the people interviewed for the documentary, which is also narrated by Billy Crystal. It should go without saying but when you're dealing with the series American Masters they're always going to deliver something great and they've honestly delivered a masterpiece here.

If you're unfamiliar with who Bob Hope is then there's a lot of great things to learn here as it is very detailed in covering his childhood and the various stages of his professional career. We get to hear about his early days on the stage, his rise in Hollywood, his support of the troops, his television show, his specials and pretty much every other aspect of his career.

There are a lot of great interviews here with people like Allen talking about the influence Hope was on him and we also get some nice comments from Selleck who talks about Hope's support of the troops. Maltin adds in a lot of stuff about the historical importance of Hope's act and what all rules he changed. We also get some nice stories from Hope's daughter who shines a light on what he was like at home.

Throughout the film there are plenty of clips from his movies, television show as well as some of the moments that he spent with the troops. All in all this is a really great documentary and one that covers just about everything you'd want including some of the more controversial moments that Hope did during Vietnam.

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