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Bob Hope : A Life in Comedy - William Robert Faith

Bob Hope : A Life in Comedy

Paperback Published: 1st April 2003
ISBN: 9780306812071
Number Of Pages: 474

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Reporter: "What's it like to be Bob Hope?"Hope: "I wouldn't have it any other way."From Bob Hope's early career as an upstart among professionals like Jack Benny and Milton Berle in the rollicking world of travelling comedians, to his blazing success as a radio, television, and film star, this completely revised and updated version of William Faith's acclaimed biography takes a straightforward, appreciative, and very funny look at Hope's life and times on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Filled with anecdotes, photographs, and plenty of jokes, the book reveals the real Bob Hope from his boyhood in England and youth in Cleveland to his present status as a living legend-a full-blooded, authentic appraisal of the man and his humour, a comic institution who is also a brilliant businessman, manipulator of the media, and politically influential figure.

And of course Hope is the man who brought laughter and cheer (and long-legged beauties) to GIs throughout the world. At a time when patriotic fervour has never been running higher it's worth recalling the singular tribute paid Hope by none other than John Steinbeck: "When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list.... He gets laughter wherever he goes from men who need laughter." Happy 100th, Bob!

About the Author

William Robert Faith worked as Bob Hope's public relations representative for fourteen years. A professor at the University of Southern California's School of Journalism, he lives in Burbank, California.

Cue In: Ninety in the Sunp. XI
Jolly Follies: 1903 to 1928
The Road to Clevelandp. 3
Doan's Cornersp. 7
Backroad Folliesp. 12
Sidewalks of New Yorkp. 19
In the Wingsp. 27
Brash and Impudent: 1929 to 1937
Hollywood, Take Onep. 39
Swimming the Palace Moatp. 45
Ballyhoo and Benefits, Too!p. 51
Bing, Berle, and Broadwayp. 55
Inspiration Pointp. 61
Say When!p. 66
The Fabulous Folliesp. 71
Red Hot... or Notp. 76
Laughter in the Airp. 82
Hooray for Hollywood: 1938 to 1941
Hollywood, Take Twop. 91
This is Bob (Pepsodent) Hopep. 99
Reunion Abroadp. 107
Three for the Roadp. 112
Covering the Basesp. 123
Clown Hero: 1942 to 1945
Victory Caravanp. 133
Frozen Folliesp. 139
Tonic in the Foxholep. 147
Presidential Punditp. 156
It's Not Over Till It's Overp. 166
Comic Drummer: 1946 to 1951
So This Is Peace?p. 175
King's Clownp. 184
Christmas in Berlinp. 193
The Funniest Laughmakerp. 198
TV--That Dreadful Thingp. 206
Taking the Beachp. 216
Court Jester: 1952 to 1963
Liking Ikep. 229
Have Tux, Will Travelp. 240
Beyond the Iron Curtainp. 250
Dropped on His Headp. 262
A Jester in Camelotp. 271
The Rose Gardenp. 280
The Patriot: 1964 to 1970
Operation Big Cheerp. 295
Hope for Presidentp. 306
Father of the Bridesp. 318
You Can't Walk Awayp. 328
The Loyalist: 1971 to 1972
Rain on Bob's Paradep. 339
A Partisan Voicep. 347
This Is Your Life!p. 351
The Road Gets Rougherp. 368
The Last Christmas Showp. 374
Legend to Icon: 1973 to 1993
A Night with "Pops"p. 387
A Capital Affairp. 396
Breaking Chinap. 405
Bumps in the Roadp. 414
Icon in Cyberspacep. 425
Fade Out: I'm Still Herep. 433
Acknowledgmentsp. 443
Filmographyp. 445
Bibliographyp. 454
Source Notesp. 457
Indexp. 462
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ISBN: 9780306812071
ISBN-10: 030681207X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 474
Published: 1st April 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1