Renewed Hope: New biography seeks to restore the comedian to the pantheon of show biz greats

December 2, 2014 1:06 PM

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To the boomer generation, seeing Bob Hope on TV or in the movies was like spending time with cranky relatives. Sure, there were a lot of great memories - the World War II shows, the "Road" movies with Bing Crosby - but it also was a little stale, and the jokes, well, they were ancient or worse.

It was easy to forget that for decades Hope was the kinetic king of comedy who conquered every form of entertainment in his path, including vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies and TV.

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