Help this reviewer with BOB HOPE!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Folks,

    Universal Home Video sent me 8 Bob Hope

    DVDs yesterday to review.

    With all the DVDs I receive weekly, there

    is no way I can review all 8.

    I also must admit that while I love Bob Hope,

    I can't say I have ever watched any of his movies

    entirely through, mostly only catching bits and

    pieces.

    Which movie(s) are the most worthwhile to look

    at so that I may give you folks some Bob Hope

    reviews? I'll probably look at 2 or 3 of them.

    Here are the titles:

    * Road to Singapore

    * Road to Zanzibar

    * Road to Morocco

    * Road to Utopia

    * My Favorite Blonde/Star Spangled Rhythm

    * College Swing/The Big Broadcast of 1938

    * The Ghostbreakers

    * The Paleface

    Also a question....

    I remember a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby road movie

    where they are traveling along and spot the

    Paramount studios mountain in the distance. Do

    any of you remember which film this happens in?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Ron,

    I'd put these in a few different categories. First there are two that have already been released:

    Road to Utopia

    Road to Morocco

    It'd be great to see how those compare to the present releases, but it doesn't sound likely that you have the present ones.

    Of the new ones coming out, you should definitely review at least one road picture:

    Road to Singapore

    Road to Zanzibar

    Of the Hope solo stuff, I'd be most interested in hearing about either

    My Favorite Blonde

    Ghostbreakers
     
  3. Bryan_ZZ

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    Ron,

    I believe it is Road to Utopia where Hope sees the Paramount mountain and says "There's gold in them thar hills..."

    Bryan
     
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    Ghost Breakers is a must review.

    I would also like to see the Road movies & My Favorite Blonde reveiwed too.
     
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    Ron,

    I vote for PALEFACE as it's (IMHO) one of Hope's best (it also features an Academy Award winning song, "Buttons and Bows"). The LD released by Universal years ago had a really good transfer (for the time), so I'm curious as to how good the DVD is.

    And, yes, ROAD TO UTOPIA is the film where Bob and Bing see the Paramount mountain.
     
  6. Ken_McAlinden

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    I would go with "The Ghost Breakers" (mmmmm, Paulette Goddard) and either "Road to Morocco" or "Road to Utopia" (both if you have the time).

    Regards,
     
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    ROAD TO MOROCCO seems to me to the funniest of the Road films, and I've seen them all. It has some great sight gags and pokes fun at Paramount Studios. GHOST BREAKERS hasn't as many laughs but makes up for it in atmosphere - great haunted house (and A REAL one, unlike the one in HOLD THAT GHOST). THE PALEFACE is a decent movie, though its sequel, SON OF PALEFACE, is much spoofier and funnier, but was released on a different label. I'd also pursue a copy of the (I believe) now OOP DVD, PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE (Goldwyn, on HBO).
     
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    Ronbo,

    My review recommedations are "Paleface", "The Ghost Breakers", and "Road to Utopia".

    Crawdaddy
     
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    Actually, I'd like to amend my recommendations. My new recommendation would be to send me the ones you don't get to and I'll review them. [​IMG]
     
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    Princess and the Pirate was a great movie! I wish it was coming out soon! Walter Brennen had a great role in that one for sure!
     
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    Ron, I'd say 'The Paleface' is Bob Hope's most famous and funniest film, and my favorite of his films.

    'Road to Morocco' is the funniest 'Road' movie IMO, full of great gags, inc talking camels and Anthony Quinn. 'Road to Utopia' is also very funny.

    'Cat and the Canary' (1939) is also a great Hope comedy, but sadly its not on the list, 'Ghostbreakers' is very funny and well worth seeing, it has ghosts and a zombie, and is quite creepy, great fun.
     
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    I second what George said. I'll compare old and new on some of the Road Pix. [​IMG]
    I would be interested in seeing at least 1 review from the Road series, probably Morocco or Utopia would be best. I would like to hear how the new releases look. I would really love to hear a comparison actually to know if there is a difference.
    Paleface is a classic and should get reviewed too.
     
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    ROAD TO UTOPIA is hysterical- gets my vote for one of the funniest movies of all time. Whatever you do, don't miss THE GHOSTBREAKERS or THE PALEFACE- Bob Hope at his cowardly comic best!
     
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    Ron, I hate to be a spoil-sport, but you should watch all four of the Road movies in order. Some of their jokes carry over, and will make it even more enjoyable.

    Glenn
     
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    I'm pretty sure that "Son of Paleface" is now in public domain, as are most of Brentwood's Hope DVD titles listed a couple of postings back.

    I would be very wary of any of them ,as the quality of most of them is very much likely to be abysmal.

    The old Image laserdisc of "Son of Paleface" was one of the worst looking and sounding discs it was ever my misfortune to own.

    "The Princess and the Pirate" was released on Laser and DVD by HBO, but I think you will find that it is OP and now belongs to MGM, as do most or all of the other Samuel Goldwyn titles.

    I will be purchasing ( funding permitting) all of Universal's upcoming Hope titles.( Especially the double disc sets)

    The old laserdisc of "Paleface" was indeed very nice at the time.

    My choice of titles to review would be,

    "Paleface" ( Hope's funniest ever + Jane Russell)

    "Ghostbreakers" ( Funny and creepy)

    and "Star Spangled Rhythm"( all star cast in an exuberant, if dissapointing musical)
     
  19. Ronald Epstein

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    Glenn,

    The problem is, Universal sent me what

    looks like a pile of 8 DVDs.

    I can only review up to 4 of them, so I

    am picking the meat of the series.

    I can tell you so far that I am thoroughly

    enjoying these film and I expect to have a

    review up Monday.
     
  20. Glenn Overholt

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    Yeah, I knew that. The "Patty-cake' routine is one of their best, but it changes slightly from movie to movie. Morrocco & Utopia I thought were better than their first two. I know everyone has time contraints, but I think that after you see those you'll be screaming for the rest of them.

    I'm only missing the Road to Hongkong, which was done several years after the others, but of the 7, Hongkong is the best, and Morrocco is 2nd for me. Bali was done in colour, and was pretty good too.

    Ok, Morrocco and Utopia and Paleface, but when you get the chance, please see them all.

    Glenn
     

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