Bob Hope has to be one the best entertainers of the 20th century. Bob started his career on Broadway and would move on to radio. He would have a great run with his movie career but something that is possibly most dear to everyone's heart is possibly his television specials.
The TV specials would start in 1950 and for the next 50 years the American public would enjoy bringing in the holidays with his comedy-variety shows. Many of us loved his USO shows and the stars he would bring along for the entertainment of our troops. Bob knew what the American public needed most was laughter. You knew that when the show was over you knew you would be in a great mood.
Time Life has compiled 13 of the greatest shows Bob Hope brought to us and has put them on a 6 DVD set that will be a fantastic gift for that special someone this Christmas. The first show aired in 1956 and the last one aired in 1996. Along with Bob and his monologues will be performers like Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Janet Leigh, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Don Rickles, George Burns and Elizabeth Taylor.
Bob's Christmas specials were always a favorite for my family and I can say my father, who was military, loved his USO shows. Pop was able to see a show when he was stationed in Germany and would always tell the story of just how wonderful it was to see a little bit of home. Even if it was only for a couple of hours.
The Bob Hope Specials would not only be a fantastic addition to that personal library but would be a fantastic gift for that certain someone for the holidays. I must say on a personal note the Christmas specials were my favorite and it just hasn't been like Christmas since the passing away of Mr. Hope. Please don't pass this one up, you will certainly be entertained. Enjoy.