Bob's Busy Day (June, 1942)

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Bob Hope in Bob's Busy Day
 

Released on June, 1942: The 1934 20 minute Bob Hope debut comedy short with some singing edited out.

Produced by Robert M. Savini

Directed by Al Christie

The Actors: Bob Hope (Bob), Leah Ray (the Senorita), Frances Halliday (the mother), Jules Epailly (the Mayor), Vicki Cummings (Bob's blonde girlfriend), William Edmunds (the gaucho in balloon pants), Godoy's Argentine Band (musicians)

 

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Impossible to Insult or be Insulted

If you watched the first big screen appearance of Bob Hope in "Going Spanish" from 1934 you know the plot of this re-hash of that story. Bob is driving in South America with his fiancé and her mother, and promises to marry his girlfriend at the next town, Poach-os Los Egg-os, where it is the annual Dondoit holiday celebration. On this day it is impossible to insult anyone or be insulted . . . well, it actually is quite easy to insult someone, the thing is if you are insulted, and the rascal who insults you starts to sing a song, you are not permitted any revenge on the insulter. This makes for great fun as Bob Hope and the mayor of the little Spanish town do 'Three Stooges' style beating on each other, while smiling and singing. In the end Bob's girlfriend dumps him for a local gaucho who she believes is wealthy, and Bob manages to get her to drink a soda with a powerful laxative in it. The story is better told in the 20 minute 1934 version, but the film copy is much better in this 1942 re-make of the story that was cut down to 14 minutes with much of the singing removed. I wish I could find a better copy of the earlier movie, but so far have not found one . . . but I'm a persistent cuss, I'll keep looking :~) Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy Bob Hope's very first film venture.

Bob Hope and Leah Ray
Bob Hope and Leah Ray
Bob Hope,Vicki Cummings and Frances Halliday
Bob Hope,Vicki Cummings and Frances Halliday
Bob Hope and Vicki Cummings
Bob Hope and Vicki Cummings
Bob Hope and Vicki Cummings
Bob Hope and Vicki Cummings
Bob Hope learns about the strange town custom
Bob Hope learns about the strange town custom
Frances Halliday dumps Bob Hope for an Argentine Gaucho
Frances Halliday dumps Bob Hope for an Argentine Gaucho
Jules Epailly and Bob Hope in Bob's Busy Day
Jules Epailly and Bob Hope in Bob's Busy Day
Jules Epailly confronts Bob Hope when their cars collide
Jules Epailly confronts Bob Hope when their cars collide
Jules Epailly
Jules Epailly
Leah Ray, Bob Hope and Jules Epailly
Leah Ray, Bob Hope and Jules Epailly
Leah Ray and Bob Hope
Leah Ray and Bob Hope
Leah Ray asks Bob Hope to judge the funny face contest
Leah Ray asks Bob Hope to judge the funny face contest
Leah Ray
Leah Ray
William Edmunds, Frances Halliday and Vicki Cummings
William Edmunds, Frances Halliday and Vicki Cummings
William Edmunds, Vicki Cummings and Frances Halliday
William Edmunds, Vicki Cummings and Frances Halliday