Monday, April 24, 2017

'Bob Hope Salutes The Troops' DVD Review

Bob Hope...comedian, singer, actor was probably the greatest entertainer that ever lived. For some 50 years he traveled the world to entertain American servicemen and woman around the world. The shows would be taped and shown each Christmas Season. This three disc DVD collection has seven shows from 1963-1991 and has a special show on Hope's memories of shows that he did during WWII. His wife Dolores takes part in this one and its a joy to watch. The boost in moral that a show could give to the troops was remarkable.

The Christmas show that aired in 1963 was taped from the 1962 Chrismas tour that included places like Japan, Korea, Guam, the Philippines, Okinawa, Formosa and the USS Kitty Hawk would also have a show. The show would include Miss America's Amadee Chabot, Lana Turner, and former Miss America Anita Bryant nothing was to good for our troops.

Bob would take the shows to places like Vietnam. Yes, that's right, Vietnam and that was when we were fighting a war over there. Stars would line up to be asked to participate in Bob's Christmas shows. People like Rosey Grier, Marie Osmond, Jill St. John, Roman Gabriel, Lola Falana, Redd Foxx would join Bob all over the world to perform for our men and women in uniform. Bob wanted to bring as many people as he could to boost the moral of our troops. He wanted to show them what they were fighting for.

Bob took the show to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in January 1991. Marie Osmond and Ann Jillian and the Pointer Sisters would perform for our men and women that year. The troops loved this show and so did the American public.

TimeLife brings the three disc DVD set to us on May 2th, 2017. The quality of the DVD's are excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is history retold and for some of us it's a journey back to our youth when the family would settle in by the TV and watch Bob Hope entertain the troops at Christmas. This is a must for that personal DVD library and it will be a joy to bring them out to see  for years to come. Enjoy.