Contest: Win Bob Hope’s Entertaining the Troops DVD!

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

Two of the most-watched shows in TV history are now available on DVD — Bob Hope’s famous “Entertaining the Troops” shows, featuring Ursula Andress, Gloria Loring, the Nicholas Brothers, first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, and many more!

To enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Hope in the subject line and tell me your favorite comedy star. Don’t forget your address! (U.S. addresses only). I’ll pick a winner at random on April 30, 2016. Good luck!

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List: Comedy Westerns

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Movies and westerns were made for each other.  Hollywood came along not long after the era of westward expansion and access to the stunning landscapes of Monument Valley and endless vistas of desert and sagebrush was nearby.  The earliest commercial films were cowboy stories and by the time Hollywood hit its stride in the 1930’s-50’s the western was the perfect metaphor for the American experience.  Most were action films and dramas, but there were a few comedies, like this week’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”  Some of the best include:

Cat Ballou  Jane Fonda stars as a young woman determined to get revenge for the murder of her father (John Marley, the horse head in the bed guy from “The Godfather”).

A Big Hand for the Little Lady  This neglected gem has an all-star cast and one of the greatest plot twists ever, in the story of a devoted wife and mother (Joanne Woodward) who takes over for her ailing husband (Henry Fonda) in a high-stakes poker game.

The Paleface and Son of Paleface star Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, and Jane Russell in a pair of western spoofs, with the Oscar-winning song “Buttons and Bows.”

 

Ruggles of Red Gap Charles Laughton plays a very proper gentleman’s gentleman who teachers the rough westerners a few things about their own heritage.  It was remade with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as “Fancy Pants.”

Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks’ classic is one of the funniest films ever made, funnier every time you watch it.  My favorite part is Madeline Kahn as the dance hall girl.

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Contest: 50’s Television Classics

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

Experience the best of the Golden Age of Television with this collection of shows from TV’s early years. with 50’s TV Classics: Collector’s Edition you’ll enjoy over 10 hours of comedy, music, variety, game shows and drama starring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars!  Three discs include episodes of The Bob Hope Show (1957) The Chevy Show with Dinah Shore & Art Carney (1956) The Ed Wynn Show (1950) The Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney Show (1950) The Red Skelton Show (guest starring John Carradine), Death Valley Days: Sego Lillies (4/28/53) Death Valley Days: Little Washington (10/1/53) Death Valley Days: Dear Teacher (11/24/53), The Lawrence Welk Show (7/14/56) The Milton Berle Show (5/15/56), Beat the Clock The Celebrity Game Do You Trust Your Wife (Ep. 1) Do You Trust Your Wife (Ep. 2), and Name that Tune.  I am delighted to have two copies to give away.  Send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com with 50’s television in the subject line and tell me your favorite old-time television show.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only)  I will pick a winner on Oct 8.  Good luck!

 

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The Seven Little Foys

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: Drinking, smoking
Violence/ Scariness: Sad death
Diversity Issues: None
Date Released to Theaters: 1955
Date Released to DVD: 2007
Amazon.com ASIN: B00004YS74

Bob Hope would have turned 106 this week, and his birthday and the upcoming Father’s Day reminded me of one of my favorite of his films. It’s also one of the least characteristic because he is playing a real-life character (as he would again two years later in “Beau James”) and even though the character was a performer and he does manage to get off some wisecracks, it is as close to a dramatic performance as he ever gave. He also said that the dance number was the hardest work he ever did, because he had to keep up with James Cagney reprising his portrayal of George M. Cohan of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Hope plays Eddie Foy, Sr., a vaudevillian whose only way to care for his seven children is to put them into his act and take them on the road. The fact that he barely knew the kids was of no more relevance than the fact that they had no talent.

Foy, as played by Hope, was not a great father. But he was devoted to his children in his own way, and I have special affection for this film. A couple of other points worth noting: fans of the old “Father Knows Best” series will recognize Billy Gray as one of the kids. And take a look at “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” too — you will see the real-life Eddie Foy, Jr. appearing as his father opposite James Cagney as his long-time friendly rival Cohan, and as the bookie in “Bells are Ringing.”

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