Bob Hope Stories

Written by Stephen Schochet

Once when he was a little boy in England, Leslie Hope (He later renamed himself Bob after a race car driver he idolized) wanted to pick an apple off a tree. Symbolic of his career, he didn't want just any apple butrepparttar highest one possible. He lost his balance, fell and permanently changedrepparttar 124156 shape of his nose.

His big break in Hollywood was gettingrepparttar 124157 part Jack Benny turned down inrepparttar 124158 Paramount film "The Big Broadcast Of 1938". The director Mitchell Leisen could not standrepparttar 124159 star ofrepparttar 124160 film,repparttar 124161 ornery WC Fields, who would run offrepparttar 124162 movie set and come back too soused to dorepparttar 124163 required scenes, flub his lines and scream for his lawyer. Liesen found Hope much more cooperative, although he was a nervous ham in front ofrepparttar 124164 camera. Desperate to be a more traditional leading man like Fred Macmurray, Hope begged Paramount to pay for a nose job but they refused. It was in this film he got to sing "Thanks For The Memories" which along with his ski nose became Hope's trademarks.

For his radio show when Hope found out that Jack Benny hired two writers for $1,000 a week, he in turn hired ten writers for $100 a week each and hated paying. At times he would gatherrepparttar 124165 staff atrepparttar 124166 bottom of a stairwell and toss their paychecks down as paper airplanes. Other times Hope would interrupt his scribes intimacy with their wives by calling their houses very late at night to go over new material. For their part,repparttar 124167 writers createdrepparttar 124168 Hope movie character, egomaniacal, womanizing and cowardly, all butrepparttar 124169 last trait were true.

Hope's relationship with Bing Crosby was love-hate. In one of their early road movies Paramount Studios filmed two endings in which each ofrepparttar 124170 boys ended up with Dorothy Lamour, to see which result audiences preferred. They overwhelmingly chose Bing which annoyed Hope, who got his costar back by constantly reminding him that he wore a toupee. In one scene both had to lie onrepparttar 124171 same bed together (innocently, they were resting) and Bing refused to take his hat off. No amount of coaxing from Paramount executives could get Crosby to change his mind, he did not want to hear Bob's toupee barbs. Hope later saidrepparttar 124172 greatest acting performance he ever gave was smiling when Bing won his academy award for Going My Way (1944).

His frequent leading lady, Lucille Ball, was an even match for Hope inrepparttar 124173 ambition department. She lobbiedrepparttar 124174 comedian to hire her little-known band leader husband Desi Arnaz for his radio show. She later regretted it when Desi slept with every showgirl who applied for a job, with rumors flying about Hope ending up with his second choices. Delores Hope was as long suffering as Lucy was. One time she was among a crowd waiting backstage for him after a live show. A reporter asked her,"Are you connected to Bob Hope in some way Miss?" "No, I'm just his wife."

Walt Disney's Horror Movie

Written by Stephen Schochet

In 1934, when Walt Disney called for a meeting among his artists, a rumor had spread that he was going to shutrepparttar studio down and they would all be left unemployed duringrepparttar 124155 great depression. Instead he personally told them in his own spellbinding wayrepparttar 124156 story of Snow White andrepparttar 124157 Seven Dwarfs, which he intended to make into his first feature length film. It was a risk unlike any other he had taken before. The film would cost a million and a half dollars at a time Disney was spending anywhere from ten to thirty thousand on his short cartoons. Doubts came from his wife Lillian and his brother and business partner Roy, who were sure they would be in debt for most ofrepparttar 124158 rest ofrepparttar 124159 lives. Also nervous was Walt's backer Bank of America, who at one point interruptedrepparttar 124160 production by cutting off his credit. Then there wererepparttar 124161 heads ofrepparttar 124162 other studios like MGM, Universal and Warner Brothers. They would gather for their weekly poker games atrepparttar 124163 Hillcrest Country Club and speculate that Walt, who they called "the Mickey Mouse Man", would never succeed, no one would sit still for an hour and a half to watch a cartoon. Andrepparttar 124164 press referred to Snow White as "Disney's Folly".

Despiterepparttar 124165 doubters and his own health problems (he suffered from a thyroid condition), Walt

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