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Universal Honors Bob Hope

21 Mar, 2003 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Universal Studios Home Video is gearing up for Bob Hope's 100th birthday May 29 with the DVD and VHS reissue of 17 of the celebrated comic's most famous movies.

The films in the Bob Hope 100th Birthday Tribute Collection street April 15 at $14.98 each on DVD and $9.98 each on cassette.

The release includes a quartet of classic “road” movies costarring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour — Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942) and Road to Utopia (1946) — as well as The Ghost Breakers and The Paleface.

The collection also includes six double features: The Big Broadcast of 1938 and College Swing; My Favorite Blonde and Star Spangled Rhythm; Louisiana Purchase and I>Never Say Die; Monsieur Beaucaire and Where There's Life; Sorrowful Jones and The Paleface; and Caught in the Draft and Give Me a Sailor.

The four road movies also will be available in a boxed tribute set retailing for $39.98 DVD and $29.98 VHS.

Road movie extras include a World War II short called “Hollywood Victory Caravan,” a gallery of vintage photos and posters, and a documentary on Hope's real-life road trips to entertain the troops.

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