So, how much did you know? About Bob Hope, that is. (There’s Bob above with Victor Moore and Vera Zorina in 1941’s Louisiana Purchase.)
Perhaps best remembered today for his voluminous television appearances and his live USO shows, Hope was a major movie presence, starring in nearly 60 feature films over a nearly a half century.
Our Monday Quiz is inspired by author Richard Zoglin’s new biography, Bob Hope: Entertainer of the Century. On we go with our answers. To review the questions, just scroll down to yesterday’s blog.)
1) Answer: c) Fatty Arbuckle, the scandal plagued silent movie comedian who encountered a young Hope and partner Lloyd Durbin, fresh out of Cleveland, Ohio, in the summer of 1923 in a vaudeville show called Bohemia. So impressed with the comedy-dance duo was Arbuckle that he recommended Hope-Durbin to bigger vaude producers. It was a beginning.
2) Answer: c) Frank Fay, a slick vaudeville monologuist who became Hope’s creative role model. Fay is best known today for his tempestuous marriage to Barbara Stanwyck.
3) Answer: c) Hope made his feature movie debut singing Thanks for the Memory to great effect in The Big Broadcast of 1938. His first starring role was in the later feature made the same year and named after the tune.
4) Answer: c) Shirley Ross.
5) Answer: d) Despite their public bonhomie, Hope didn’t especially care for close screen collaborator Bing Crosby. Shortly after Crosby died, Hope made his true feelings known: You know, I never liked Bing. He was a son of a bitch.
6) Answer: Ok, this was a trick question. Hope had affairs with all four actresses although he never worked professionally with Barbara Payton.
7) Answer: b) Hope MCed 19 Oscar shows, a record.
8) Answer: c) and d) could apply here but the answer is b). Lamour regarded Hope as a raging sexist. Lamour is quoted as saying in the 1980’s that he treated all women with contempt. He never paid me any respect for my role in the ‘Road’ movies, and never helped me find work later. I was a totally replaceable part.
9) Answer: d) Delores Hope was a singer, and a pretty decent one.
10) Answer: b) False. The Paleface was a huge hit and the buxom Jane Russell (“the two and only,” as Hope would refer to her ) is very good in it.