Donald R. McClarey

Zombie Democrats?

Lawrence: “You live here?” Montgomery: “Yes.” Lawrence: “Then maybe you know what a zombie is” Montgomery: “When a person dies and is buried, its seems there are certain voodoo priests who … who have the power to bring him back

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How to Live a Selfish Miserable Life-and Fail at It!

  “He wanted as many kids between him and the audience as possible.” Eddie Foy, Jr.     The Seven Little Foys (1955) is a highly interesting Bob Hope comedy/drama.  It is amusing like most Bob Hope films, but I

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Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1945

Broadcast on December 18, 1945, the Bob Hope Christmas show for 1945 gives an interesting insight into America as it observed its first peacetime Christmas in five years.  Hope mentions product shortages in his jokes and in a skit the housing

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Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

  Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as

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Silver Bells

Something for the weekend.  Silver Bells.  Damon Runyon and Bob Hope make an odd but potent combination in The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).  Based very, very loosely on a short story by Damon Runyon, the film is filled with the usual Runyon collection of colorful and humorous, unlike

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Soldiers In Greasepaint

Bob Hope’s NBC radio special “Soldiers in Greasepaint” broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943.  A salute to millions of brave Americans who were spending Thanksgiving a long way from home seven decades ago. By the time of World War

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Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memory

Something for the weekend.  The song Thanks for the Memory made immortal by comedian Bob Hope.  One of the great stand up comedians of all time, Hope was also a true patriot: For fifty years Bob Hope entertained US troops,

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Die Republicans Die!

Language, violence and common sense warning for the above video. Remember those calls for civility which emanated from the Left last year when Congresswoman Giffords was shot by a madman, that is when, often times, the same people were not

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Gettysburg Address: Halloween Edition

Hmmm, that is not quite the version I remember.  Speaking of zombies however, I have no doubt that the real Abraham Lincoln would have laughed at the following scene from the Bob Hope movie The Ghost Breakers (1940):

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Saint Genesius and the Emperor

The Emperor was widely regarded as the savior of Rome.  The son of slaves he had fought his way to power against the enemies of Rome.  After a half century of chaos he brought order and unity to Rome, crushing

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Bipartisan Hope

Bob Hope was a Republican, but, above all, he was a comedian, and he never let politics stand in the way of a good punch line.  A death bed Catholic convert like John Wayne, he will be the subject of

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