Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials

Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials

The most complete collection of Bob Hope specials ever offered

The most complete collection of Bob Hope specials ever offered

Bob Hope 11 DVD set + 32-Page Memory Book

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Bob Hope, America’s greatest entertainer of the 20th century, is celebrated in the most complete collection of his television specials ever available

Join Bob and his legendary guest stars for more than 25 hours of specials, including Bob’s historic shows entertaining the troops around the globe.

Taken from over 250 network specials, many in support of the U.S. Armed Forces, this DVD collection is filled with comedy, music, dancing, movie stars, and, of course, Bob’s memorable monologues.

Bob Hope delighted his fans and the troops for decades, and now you and your family can enjoy his greatest TV shows and moments in one collection.

You’ll get:

  • 24 Bob Hope Specials, including 12 that have not been seen since their original broadcasts, including guest stars John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Raquel Welch, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jack Benny, Don Rickles, Barbra Streisand, George Burns, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, and many others
  • The most complete collection of Bob Hope specials ever assembled
  • More than 25 hours of entertainment
  • Bob’s famous monologues that defined stand-up for future generations
  • 32-page memory book commemorating Bob Hope’s life and career with rare photos and stories
  • FREE Bonus DVD: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts featuring the roast of Bob Hope by Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, John Wayne, and many more
  • Bonus Features including Memories of World War II with Bob and colleagues looking back at the war and Shanks for the Memory, showcasing Bob’s love of golf with historic clips

Upgrade to the Deluxe Edition!

Upgrade box: You'll get 8 additional DVDs including 16 more episodes plus a beautiful collector's box to house your entire collection. That's a total of 19 DVDs including 40 specials in all, over 38 hours of classic entertainment. Guest appearances from legendary stars include Lucille Ball, Steve McQueen, Lola Falana, Tom Jones, Carol Burnett, Angie Dickinson, Andy Williams, Lana Turner, Jayne Mansfield, Redd Foxx, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Burns, and many more! 

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Volume 1

Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials – 6 DVDs

Featuring 13 specials from 1956 to 1996, this DVD set contains hilarious compilation shows that spotlight the best moments from years of remarkable footage: a full episode of all-time classic bloopers, Bob Hope’s first show in color, his 90th birthday party special, Laughing with the Presidents, and more!

This collection also includes the bonus show Shanks for the Memory, on the world of golf according to Bob Hope. 

Guest stars include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Raquel Welch, President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton, Angie Dickinson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and more! 

  • Highlights of a Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television

    Original Air Date: October 24, 1975

    Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz, Carroll Baker, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, Carol Burnett, James Cagney, Vikki Carr, Cyd Charisse, Jerry Colonna, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Angie Dickinson, Jimmy Durante, Redd Foxx, William Frawley, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jackie Gleason, Rocky Marciano, Dean Martin, Nelson Rockefeller, Ginger Rogers, Jill St. John, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Vance, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Flip Wilson, Natalie Wood, and others

    Bob Hope celebrates 25 years of television specials with dozens of celebrity guests. Highlights include Dinah Shore in a spot from Bob’s first show, Ingrid Bergman and Bob portraying a self-absorbed Hollywood couple both nominated for Academy Awards, Jackie Gleason and Bob in drag as policewomen in Central Park, and Bob waltzing in the boxing ring with Rocky Marciano. 

  • BONUS FEATURE: Shanks for the Memory

    Release Date: 1994

    Bob Hope, Dolores Hope, Bing Crosby, and others

    The world of golf according to Bob Hope, along with Bing Crosby, President Gerald Ford, pro golfers Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Kite, and more. Bob talks about getting hooked on golf and his love of the game, reminisces about playing with presidents and pros over the years on courses around the world, and offers helpful hints and observations about the sport.

  • Bob Hope…Laughing with the Presidents

    Original Air Date: November 23, 1996

    Bob Hope, Tony Danza, Don Johnson, Naomi Judd, Ann-Margret, Tom Selleck

    Special appearances by George and Barbara Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Gerald and Betty Ford

    Bob Hope called the White House his favorite bed-and-breakfast, and over the course of eleven presidential administrations he was a frequent guest there as well as golfing buddy to several of America’s commanders in chief. Tony Danza co-hosts this 1996 retrospective recalling Bob Hope’s personal associations with United States presidents, which also features the Clintons, the Bushes, the Fords, and David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower sharing recollections. 

  • The Hilarious Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars

    Original Air Date: September 28, 1984

    Bob Hope, Loni Anderson, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Blanda, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Tony Danza, Sammy Davis Jr., Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Fred MacMurray, Dean Martin, Lee Marvin, Olivia Newton-John, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Red Skelton, Mr. T, Elizabeth Taylor, Danny Thomas, John Wayne, and others

    Over several decades Bob Hope entertained audiences through his numerous television specials, and along the way he and his guest stars managed to blow a lot of lines, miss a lot of cues, and break each other up. The best of the bloopers from 30 years of his comedy shows are collected here.

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special

    Original Air Date: January 18, 1968

    Bob Hope, Phil Crosby, Elaine Dunn, Miss World Madeiline Hartog Bel, Barbara McNair, Raquel Welch, Earl Wilson, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob Hope and his 1967 USO tour travel to 22 bases in 15 days—across Vietnam, Guam, Wake Island, the Philippines, and Thailand—and perform aboard the USS Ranger and the USS Coral Sea. Among other highlights, he calls four soldiers up onstage to pass along greetings from home, and another who speaks to Miss World in French. The troupe entertains the Big Red One division, who built a bunker backstage at Lai Khe for the safety of the performers, and visits wounded service members in hospitals. 

  • A Bob Hope Comedy Special

    Original Air Date: December 15, 1965

    Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Janet Leigh, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob Hope’s first comedy special “in living color” marks the first time he “tried to be funny and gorgeous too.” Bing Crosby plays a reluctant host to Bob at his Palm Springs home. On the lam after breaking out of prison, Jack Benny winds up at Santa’s workshop and is suspicious of the racket he has going. Self-absorbed Hollywood couple Linda Luscious and Rodney Heartbinder (Janet Leigh and Bob) have political ambitions—they’re both running for the same office.

  • Bob Hope’s World of Comedy

    Original Air Date: October 29, 1976

    Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Big Bird, Norman Lear, Don Rickles, Neil Simon, and others

    Bob Hope’s World of Comedy is a nostalgic tribute to humor that features highlights from his 27 years of television specials. Focusing on a variety of comic styles—from working with animals to slapstick to satire and vaudeville—the clips include such legends of comedy as Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs and Don Rickles, along with a special homage to Lucille Ball. 

  • The Bob Hope Chevy Show

    Original Air Date: October 21, 1956

    Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, James Cagney, Diana Dors, Don Larsen, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob’s comedy special features the entire cast of I Love Lucy in a spoof that has Hope playing Ricky Ricardo (“Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi”) to Desi Arnaz’s Fred Mertz—“Lose that accent, too,” he suggests. As Lucy and Ethel, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance are up to their usual hijinks. Bob Hope and Diana Dors model the different roles of married couples on both sides of the pond, and World Series pitching legend Don “No Hit” Larsen visits. 

  • Joys (A Comedy Whodunit)

    Original Air Date: March 5, 1976

    Bob Hope, Don Adams, Jack Albertson, Marty Allen, Steve Allen, Desi Arnaz, Rona Barrett, Billy Barty, Milton Berle, Foster Brooks, Les Brown, George Burns, Red Buttons, Pat Buttram, John Byner, Sammy Cahn, Glen Campbell, Johnny Carson, Jack Carter, Charo, Jerry Colonna, Mike Connors, Scatman Crothers, Bill Dana, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Jamie Farr, George Gobel, Jim Hutton, David Janssen, Arte Johnson, Alan King, George Kirby, Don Knotts, Fred MacMurray, Dean Martin, Groucho Marx, Jan Murray, Wayne Newton, Vincent Price, Freddie Prinze, Don Rickles, Harry Ritz, Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers, Larry Storch, Abe Vigoda

    Several comedians have gathered at Bob Hope’s house for a party that he knows nothing about—and they’re being picked off, one by one, by a human shark! Nearly fifty guest stars join Bob Hope in this murder-mystery parody, with television sleuths Angie Dickinson, Abe Vigoda, Telly Savalas, Mike Connors, David Janssen and Jim Hutton all trying to help solve the mystery.

  • Texaco Presents The Bob Hope All-Star Christmas Comedy Special

    Original Air Date: December 19, 1977

    Bob Hope, Perry Como, Mark Hamill, Olivia Newton-John, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Jim Henson (Kermit/Rowlf), Richard Hunt (Scooter), Jerry Nelson (Robin), Frank Oz (Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear)

    In a spoof of Star Wars Olivia Newton-John is Princess Hialeah, Perry Como plays Luke Sleepwalker, and Bob is Barf Vader—hijacking Santa Claus until Mark Hamill saves the day. Elsewhere, “kids” Hope and Hamill get locked in a toy store, and Bob talks Christmas with the Muppets. Bob introduces the 1977 AP All-America Football Team—including future NFL stars Earl Campbell, Ozzie Newsome, Doug Williams and Dennis Thurman. 

  • Chrysler Presents A Bob Hope Comedy Special

    Original Air Date: October 19, 1966

    Bob Hope, Don Adams, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Johnny Carson, Jack Carter, Bill Cosby, Wally Cox, Bill Dana, Jimmy Durante, Dick Martin, Don Rickles, Dan Rowan, Soupy Sales, Dick Shawn, Jonathan Winters, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, and others

    In Bob Hope’s second comedy special of the 1966 season, he and an ensemble of fifteen fellow comics present the spy spoof Murder at NBC. Bob plays mad scientist Professor Leopold Von Smirch, whose chemical spray will enable him to “shrink the United States and tow it away.” Among the comic performances are Don Adams as secret agent Maxwell Smart, Don Rickles and Red Buttons as inept pilots, Jonathan Winters as German chemist Dr. Rudolf Finsterwald, and Milton Berle as the lovely, enchanting Rosita (“Only my draft board knows for sure”). 

  • A Bob Hope Comedy Special

    Original Air Date: September 27, 1963

    Bob Hope, James Garner, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Tuesday Weld

    Rip Tide and Donna Sweet (Bob Hope and Tuesday Weld) are “Mr. and Mrs. Television”—looking for marital bliss on competing networks. Psychiatrist James Garner has a French patient (Bob) with a problem: he’s in love with his own wife. Hog Chitlins and the Goat-Grabber Three (Bob Hope and Barbra Streisand) perform on the Koo Koo Tech Hootenanny with Barbra as Bessie May playing two washboards (“I’m in stereo”). Dean Martin sings Via Veneto, and Barbra does Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home from her second album. 

  • Chrysler Presents A Bob Hope Comedy Special

    Original Air Date: February 15, 1967

    Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Shirley Eaton, Carol Lawrence, Jill St. John

    Shirley Eaton and Bob Hope look at the roles of husbands and wives in the U.K. and the U.S. Jill St. John and supporting cast join Bob in Saigon for Bob Hope’s Vietnam Story: Five Women I Love. Carol Lawrence dances and sings I’m a Brass Band, and Tony Bennett croons The Lady’s in Love with You and She’s Funny That Way

  • Bob Hope: The First 90 Years

    Original Air Date: May 14, 1993

    Bob Hope, Paula Abdul, Lucie Arnaz, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Milton Berle, Garth Brooks, Peabo Bryson, George Burns, George Bush, Kirk Cameron, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Carter, Chevy Chase, Bill Clinton, Rosemary Clooney, Walter Cronkite, John Denver, Gerald Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman, Florence Henderson, Dolores Hope, Ann Jillian, Dorothy Lamour, Angela Lansbury, Jay Leno, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Paul Reiser, Michael Richards, Lea Salonga, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Dave Thomas, Raquel Welch, Betty White, and others

    This star-studded look at Bob Hope’s remarkable career, taped at NBC Studios, features dozens of celebrity guests and classic comedy clips on the occasion of Bob’s 90th birthday.

  • Bob Hope’s High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza

    Original Air Date: May 25, 1987

    Lucille Ball, Kirk Cameron, Don Johnson, Glen Campbell, Phyllis Diller, Barbara Mandrell, Brooke Shields, and President Ronald Reagan join Bob for music and comedy from Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Volume 2

Bob Hope: Entertaining The Troops – 4 DVDs

Featuring 10 shows from 1950 to 1993, this DVD set features several USO Christmas specials filmed before troops serving in locations all over the world — from the Cold War through the Vietnam years to the Persian Gulf. 

Guest stars include Marie Osmond, Jayne Mansfield, Joey Heatherton, Vic Damone, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Colonna, Kaye Stevens, Anita Bryant, and more!

The set also contains the holiday-themed DVD Hope for the Holidays, featuring a compilation of Bob Hope’s most hilarious Christmas sketches through the years along with his very first Christmas special.

Plus, this collection includes the bonus feature Memories of World War II with rare clips, highlights from Bob Hope’s Armed Forces Network radio show, and Bob and guests reminiscing about the era. 

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO

    Original Air Date: January 15, 1970

    Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong, Suzanne Charny, Teresa Graves, Dolores Hope, Miss World Eva Rueber-Staier, Romy Schneider, Connie Stevens, The Golddiggers, The Pierro Brothers, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob Hope and company embark on another Christmas tour to entertain the troops, starting with a send-off from the White House in Washington, D.C. The 16-day tour then continues through Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Guam, and on-board the USS Ranger and the USS Sanctuary. Bob delivers messages from home to service members and sings to Miss World Eva Rueber-Staier. Connie Stevens invites four service members named Bill onstage to serenade with Wedding Bell Blues. The group does a soggy finale, and astronaut Neil Armstrong—who had returned from his historic moon walk the previous July—answers questions from the service members about being the first man on the moon. 

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the USO

    Original Air Date: January 14, 1971

    Bob Hope, Ursula Andress, Johnny Bench, Lola Falana, Miss World Jennifer Hosten, Gloria Loring, Bobbi Martin, Miss United Kingdom Yvonne Ormes, The Golddiggers, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, and others

    Bob Hope and company embark on another Christmas tour to entertain the troops, starting with a send-off from the White House in Washington, D.C. Also includes rehearsals at West Point, stops in England, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Alaska, the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean, and the USS Sanctuary in the South China Sea. Highlights include Bob Hope and Lola Falana doing a song and dance, and he and Bobbi Martin doing a comic scene about a GI coming home. There’s more comedy when Bob brings Ursula Andress, Gloria Loring and Miss World Jennifer Hosten onstage, and when he and Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench trade zingers.

  • Chesterfield Sound Off Time

    Original Air Date: December 23, 1951

    Bob Hope, Hy Averback, Connie Moore, The Nicholas Brothers, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Direct from the aircraft carrier the USS Boxer, Bob Hope and Connie Moore do a comedy bit and sing I Wanna Go Home (With You), the Nicholas Brothers (Fayard and Harold) perform their acrobatic style of tap dancing, and in an extended sketch, Bob lands aboard an aircraft carrier as an ensign ready to take command of the ship—and sail it on a secret mission. 

  • Bob Hope’s Christmas Cheer in Saudi Arabia

    Original Air Date: January 12, 1991

    Bob Hope, Johnny Bench, Khrystyne Haje, Dolores Hope, Ann Jillian, Marie Osmond, The Pointer Sisters, Aaron Tippin, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    During Operation Desert Shield Bob Hope brings his USO Christmas show to U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. Marie Osmond sings to a service member onstage, and the Pointer Sisters perform I’m So Excited. Other highlights include Bob Hope and Ann Jillian doing a duet, and a comic exchange between Hope and actress Khrystyne Haje. 

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO

    Original Air Date: January 16, 1969

    Bob Hope, Dick Albers, Ann-Margret, Linda Bennett, Rosey Grier, Miss World Penny Plummer, The Golddiggers, Honey Ltd., Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob Hope brings his USO Christmas tour to Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Midway, and aboard the USS Hancock and the USS New Jersey in the South China Sea. Dick Albers does his comic trampoline act, Bob Hope and former professional football player Rosey Grier trade barbs, and the Golddiggers dance on deck for the crews of two passing destroyers. At Okinawa, a skydiver parachutes into the audience and Ann-Margret exhorts members of the different services to stand up during her performance. Bob does mail call for the troops—inviting one service member (whose mother says he’s a good singer) to perform—and Gen. Creighton Abrams thanks the entire cast and crew for coming to Vietnam. 

  • BONUS FEATURE: Bob Hope: Memories of World War II

    Original Air Date: August 5, 1995

    Bob Hope, Dolores Hope, Patty Thomas, and others

    Bob Hope looks back at World War II with his wife, Dolores Hope, and colleagues who share their recollections about the period, including the shift from shipping audio recordings of radio shows from the U.S. to actually traveling overseas to perform for troops stationed abroad. Frances Langford and Bob reminisce about their first wartime tour. Footage includes historic clips of Bob, Jerry Colonna and Frances Langford doing a radio show for the Armed Forces Network, Bob onstage with Bing Crosby, and a celebrity road trip to sell war bonds.

  • The Bob Hope Xmas Special

    Original Air Date: January 24, 1962

    Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, Jerry Colonna, Miss World Rosemarie Frankland, Jayne Mansfield, Dorothy Provine, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Bob Hope’s USO tour went arctic, doing shows for troops stationed in Canada, Iceland and Greenland for Christmas in 1961. In addition to Bob’s monologue he sings You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby to Miss World Rosemarie Frankland, and does a funny Romeo and Juliet sketch with Jayne Mansfield and a service member. Longtime tour participant Jerry Colonna and Bob have a comic skit, and Anita Bryant leads everyone in Silent Night

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special

    Original Air Date: January 18, 1967

    Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, Vic Damone, Phyllis Diller, Miss World Reita Feria, Joey Heatherton, Dolores Hope, The Korean Kittens, Diane Shelton, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    In an impromptu show on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller trade jokes belowdecks when the weather forces the performers inside. Bob Hope and Joey Heatherton do a song and dance with It’s a Lovely Day Today, and he sings to Miss World Reita Faria. On-board the USS Bennington Anita Bryant performs a moving rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic. At stops in Vietnam, Diane Shelton twirls her flaming batons, the Rev. Billy Graham gives the service members a pep talk, and Dolores Hope sings White Christmas

  • The Bob Hope Christmas Special

    Original Air Date: January 19, 1966

    Bob Hope, Carroll Baker, Miss USA Dianna Lynn Batts, Anita Bryant, Jerry Colonna, Joey Heatherton, Jack Jones, The Nicholas Brothers, Kaye Stevens, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    At Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, Bob Hope, Kaye Stevens and Jerry Colonna poke fun at the military “Sick Call” procedure in a sketch. Bob brings SP4 Brian H. O’Connell onstage to see pictures of his infant twins for the first time. Other highlights from stops along the tour in Thailand and aboard the USS Ticonderoga includeJack Jones singing his hit Wives and Lovers to a female service member, Sen. Stuart Symington of Missouri reading a telegram to the troops from Pres. Lyndon Johnson, and the Nicholas Brothers performing their legendary tap dancing. 

  • Bob Hope’s Bag Full of Christmas Memories

    Original Air Date: December 15, 1993

    Bob Hope, Loni Anderson, Barbara Eden, Dolores Hope, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Joey Lawrence, Ed Marinaro, Lynn and Charena Swann, The Hope Family

    Family members and celebrity guests join Bob and Dolores Hope at home for Christmas cheer. Bob presents clips from his Christmas specials over the years, including a compilation of monologues from his many holiday tours for the USO as well as favorite sketches with Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, and more. Bob and Dolores sing the classic Silver Bells, which he introduced in 1951’s The Lemon Drop Kid, as a montage shows him performing the song over 17 previous specials with an array of female costars, and Naomi and Wynonna Judd sing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

  • The Comedy Hour

    Original Air Date: December 24, 1950

    Robert Cummings, Vincent R. Impellitteri, Lily Pons, Eleanor Roosevelt

    With this first Christmas television special, recorded on Christmas Eve in 1950, Bob Hope began his long tradition of presenting comedy and musical entertainment on TV during the holiday season. He is joined in New York by Robert Cummings along with the mayor of New York City and opera star Lily Pons, who performs a scene from Lakmé. As department store Santa Clauses, Bob Hope and Robert Cummings meet fellow workers on a subway train. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt recites George Washington’s 1776 message to the nation. 

Volume 3

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Bob Hope  1 DVD

This DVD features the star-studded roast of Bob Hope hosted by Dean Martin with Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, John Wayne, and many more!!  

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