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Bob Hope – Entertaining The Troops
World War II affected everyone, and everyone found his or her own way of helping the cause. For American entertainers, choices included enlisting, selling war bonds, visiting the wounded, and entertaining the troops.
In this 90-minute documentary, filmmaker Robert Mugge pays tribute to hundreds of well-known (and not so well-known) performers who assisted the military both at home and abroad.
Included are rare period performances by the likes of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Frances Langford, the Andrews Sisters, Abbott and Costello, Lena Horne, Carole Landis, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Danny Kaye, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Larry Adler, Kay Kaiser, Cass Daley, Irving Berlin, Bugs Bunny and many others, as well as special appearances by such prominent actors as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard (in the last appearance before her untimely death) and Edward G. Robinson.
Rounding out this tribute are 1987 interviews with Dorothy Lamour (“the Bond Bombshell”), Frances Langford (“the G.I. Sweetheart”), Mel Blanc (the voice of World War II’s Private Snafu, alias the Sad Sack), and Maxene Andrews of the Andrews Sisters, as well as a reunion of Bob Hope’s World War II troupe of performers (videotaped just three days before Hope’s 85th birthday).
“Entertaining the Troops scores not only as vividly told history, but also as entertainment unto itself. As technically proficient as a good feature film, it’s a stirring look at Hope in his heyday, and a reminder that he was the consummate entertainer.” – Andy Wickstrom, Philadelphia Inquirer
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