Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection (2010, Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Run time: 8 hrs. 24 min.
Bob Hope and the Road to Success
Entertaining the Troops
Command Performance 1944
Command Performance 1945
Hollywood Victory Caravan
Thanks for the Memory (1938)
Making its DVD debut as a part of this collection is one of Bob Hope’s earliest movies. Thanks for the Memory is a romantic comedy/drama that pairs Hope again with the very pretty Shirley Ross. Their first pairing was in 1938′s Big Broadcast of 1938, where they would duet and debut Hope’s signature song “Thanks for the Memories” (the song is again sung during this film). Ultimately, while seeing Hope in the early stages of his career is fun, the film never really seems to go anywhere. Literally. Almost the entire movie takes place in the couple’s cozy apartment… talk about feeling claustrophobic!
Road to Morocco(1942)Another classic Road movie. Despite it being selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for the U.S. National Film Registry and despite it being listed at #78 on AFI’s 100 Funniest movies list, it has come under fire in modern times for its stereotypical portrayal of the Middle East.
Overall, a GREAT collection if you’re a Bob Hope fan and since I only owned one movie from this collection already and hadn’t seen three of them, buying this was a no-brainer. All the films are enjoyable but Thanks For the Memory really pales when compared to the rest. Still, it’s interesting to see this set start with such humble film beginnings from Hope and then end with his trademark zaniness in Road to Morocco and The Paleface. I also strongly recommend checking out The Cat and the Canary and The Ghost Breakers for those that like comedy mixing with their horror.
A blog post after my own heart:
A definite “YES!” to Magic Middles, Ecto Cooler and Ice Cream Cone cereal. Gator Gum itself is not available anymore but a near knockoff called Quench is on the market.
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Here’s their Top 15:
#1 – Super Mario Bros. 3
#2 – The Legend of Zelda
#3 – Super Mario Bros.
#4 – Mega Man 2
#5 – Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
#6 – Metroid
#7 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
#8 – Dragon Warrior
#9 – Bionic Commando
#10 – Duck Tales
#11 – Final Fantasy
#12 – Contra
#13 – R.C. Pro-Am
#14 – Excitebike
#15 – River City Ransom
I question the inclusion of Duck Hunt and Fester’s Quest and I didn’t think Bionic Commando was ever that good, but it is hard to argue with the rest and I was pleasantly surprised to see Mickey Mousecapade made the list.
Are the Mega Man games really THAT good for all six NES games to make the list? I’ve only played the second and third games.