Entertaining the Troops scores not only as vividly told history, but also as entertainment unto itself...as technically proficient as a good feature film. Saving the best for last, Mugge presents in the last half hour a...reunion of Bob Hope, Frances Langford, dancer Patty Thomas and musician Tony Romano who (with Colonna) formed the core of Hope's legendary touring troupe... It's a stirring look at Hope in his heyday, and a reminder that he [was] the consummate entertainer.
Bonus features include: 25 minutes of extra footage from the 1987 reunion of Bob Hope's WWII troupe of performers.
The New-York Historical Society celebrates the golden age of comedy with So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II, on view through September 5, 2021. The special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas and it features artifacts, films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Hope helped lift spirits both abroad and on the home front with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.
A companion exhibition, The Gift of Laughter, delves into Hope’s varied career after World War II as a USO entertainer, television star, and Academy Award host demonstrating the many hats worn by comedians influenced by Hope from the forward-looking modern post-war era and beyond.