This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on December 23, 1941. It is especially poignant considering that it was Christmas, and just two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Bob Hope made his radio debut on NBC in May 1937. He became a top-rated fixture on Tuesday nights with his theme song, "Thanks for the Memories". His legendary broadcasts from military bases around the world helped boost American morale during the dark days of World War II. Over the years, his radio regulars included Jerry Colonna, Brenda and Cobina, Vera Vague, Wendall Niles, and orchestras led by Skinnay Ennis and Les Brown. Featured singers on the show included Judy Garland, Frances Langford, Doris Day, and Gloria Jean.
Hope's radio career lasted well into the mid-1950s. By then, he had become a major movie and television star. He died on July 29, 2003, at the age of 100.
"One of America's most popular radio comedians." (Raymond Strait, Bob Hope: A Tribute)
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Classic old time radio show
Bob Hope became America, his timing, his talent and his style. One could not help but love to travel back in time when Radio was king and thousands gathered around them and were entertained and there lives seemed a little less hurried.
This was taken from 1941 and just think what happened just weeks before this. Bob and His crew did a great job at trying to make people laugh even in the darkest times. Bob's timing for great comedy is what is best about the Bob hope anything.
I think all of Bob "Christmas tree" Hope as he calls himself in this show are worth everyone who likes radio, or loves history or just likes to laugh. Bob Hope was a true Icon.
Just laughed at the dated humor which was very fun indeed.
Radio is Theater of the Mind and I recommend this and all old time radio to everyone
- Gil "audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world"