It goes without saying that Bob Hope is one of the greatest names in the entertainment industry’s modern history. From radio to television to movies to his famed USO tours, Hope entertained audiences of all ages for years, so when he died in 2003, it left a great void in not just the industry but in America’s whole. Now thanks to PBS and Public Media Distribution, Hope’s legacy continues to live in a new episode of the network’s bio-based series American Masters.
American Masters: This Is Bob Hope was released this past Tuesday, January 9 on DVD and Digital HD. The two-hour-long profile of the legendary entertainer tells what made — and makes him still today — an American Master. Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc., Monsters University, City Slickers) lends his talents to the program, reading Hope’s own words, which were pulled from Hope’s own personal archives for the presentation. Interviews with the likes of Woody Allen (Sleeper, Midnight in Paris, Manhattan), Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show), film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, Hope’s own daughter, Linda Hope, Kermit The Frog (yes, even Kermit) and others, add even more depth to the story.
Clips from Hope’s television specials, radio shows and his movies — including My Favorite Blonde, The Cat and his beloved Road movies, in which he starred alongside Bing Crosby — are also incorporated into the program to help tell the story of Hope’s life and career. Audiences can view a trailer for this episode online now here.
American Masters: This Is Bob Hope is available now on DVD and Digital HD. It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of American Masters is available online now at:
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