Hope’s high point was certainly his early movies. Yet you can find some remnants of the good Bob Hope in other media — if you look really, really hard. Here’s what’s left of the almost lost Hope:
The Bob Hope Chevy Show, I-III
Three vintage TV variety specials from the mid-’50s. Guests include Natalie Wood, Lana Turner, and Desi Arnaz, trading barbs with a bitingly arch Hope.
Bob Hope’s Christmas Party: Command Performance, 1945
Hope serves as the wise-guy emcee on this just-released CD of a wartime Armed Forces Radio broadcast, with music and comedy routines by Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland.
The Adventures of Bob Hope He may not have been the Teenage Mutant of his time, but Hope was the star of a popular comic-book series published from 1950 to 1968. While Hope had nothing to do with them, they depict his special brand of high jinks as well as his movies ever did. Rare first issues sell for as much as $400; many copies go for around $5.