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BOB HOPE - CONTRACT SIGNED 07/29/1953 - HFSID 176275

BOB HOPE Bob Hope signs a document consenting to be mentioned in White Christmas. Typed Document Signed: "Bob Hope" in pencil, 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1953 July 29. In letter form to

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BOB HOPE
Bob Hope signs a document consenting to be mentioned in White Christmas.
Typed Document Signed: "Bob Hope" in pencil, 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1953 July 29. In letter form to Paramount Pictures, Bob Hope consents "to the use of and reference to my name in the lyric of the musical composition now entitled 'Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army' (words and music by Irving Berlin)...in your forthcoming photoplay now entitled White Christmas...No compensation is payable to me in connection with the use of my name...." In White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney sing the song, including the following lyrics: "Gee, I wish I was back in the Army, The shows we got civilians couldn't see. How we would yell for Dietrich and Cornell, Jolson, Hope and Benny all for free". White Christmas was the largest grossing movie of 1954. Bob Hope (1903-2003) was born in England, moving with his family to the U.S. when he was four. A popular vaudeville performer from the 1920s, he starred in Broadway musicals of the 1930s, including Roberta and Red, Hot and Blue. Among the most popular of his 53 films were the "Road to ..." movies with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, beginning with The Road to Singapore (1940). He won three honorary awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures (1940, 1944, and 1965). Seven months before Pearl Harbor, he appeared in the first of his shows for American servicemen, a tradition he would continue through a Persian Gulf tour in 1991. His success as a comedian continued unabated from radio to television with the long-running Bob Hope Show (1950-1967) and with guest appearances continuing through 1992. A well known philanthropist, friend to Presidents, and avid golfer with his own tournament (the Bob Hope Desert - later Chrysler - Classic, begun in 1960), Hope has made an enduring contribution to American culture. Staple holes in upper left. Binder holes at top center. Stray ink mark at upper right. Horizontal fold passes through signature.

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