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Bob's Biography (Movies)
Bob's success in radio led to Hollywood and a long-term contract with Paramount. The costars of his movies became the guest stars of his radio shows.
Bob makes light of the fact that he has never won an Oscar for his acting. ("Oscar night at my house is called Passover") But in truth, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has honored him five times --- two honorary Oscars, two special awards and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
'Best Actor' or not, Bob's impact on moviegoers has grown stronger with time. The "Road Pictures" with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour made Hope a box office star. A Bob Hope movie on television, be it the 'early movie' or the 'late-late show', is watched and enjoyed by all ages. Consequently, his movies claim a large and faithful following with each generation.
In all, Hope starred in more than 50 feature films and has appeared in cameos for another 15 -- the last being "Spies Like Us" in 1985. As with radio -- Hope earned the status of #1 at the box office.
To his credit are "Two Sleepy People" from the movie "Thanks for the Memory," "Silver Bells" from "The Lemon Drop Kid;" and with Crosby and Lamour in the "road" pictures: "Put It There Pal," "Teamwork," and "We're Off On the Road to Morocco."
Ah yes, the "road" pictures! Paramount had been planning a movie called "The Road to Mandaley" (later changed to "The Road to Singapore") for George Burns and Gracie Allen. Because Burns and Allen were not available, Paramount tapped Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie -- they were also overbooked. Enter Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour... and film history is made.