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The Muppet Movie (1979), starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Charles Durning

The Muppet Movie

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The Muppet Movie (1979), starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz,  Charles Durning

Synopsis

The Muppet Movie is the story of how Kermit the Frog leaves the swamp in search of fame and fortune.  Along the way, he meets up with the various Muppet characters that we know and love.  Fozzie the (failed) comedian, Rowlf who plays piano, Miss Piggy the beauty contest winner, Gonzo, and more.

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Fancy Pants, starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope

Fancy Pants (1950) starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope

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Editorial Review of Fancy Pants, starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, courtesy of Amazon.com

Bob Hope and Lucille Ball in "Fancy Pants"

Bob Hope is up to his classic shenanigans in Fancy Pants, a loose remake of the comedy favorite Ruggles of Red Gap. Hope plays Humphrey, an American actor playing a British butler in a hokey play in London. When a fortune-hunter hires the cast to help him woo a wealthy American girl (Lucille Ball, playing her character like a female John Wayne), the girl’s domineering mother takes a shine to Humphrey and hires him to be their butler back in New Mexico.

But when they arrive out West, the townsfolk believe that Humphrey is British nobility, and even Teddy Roosevelt drops by for a visit. Despite their different comic styles, Hope and Ball have an oddball chemistry together; throw in some musical numbers, physical slapstick, and a shaggy dachshund, and the results will please any Hope fan. (There are, however, some unfortunate racial stereotypes.) —Bret Fetzer

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The Facts of Life (1960) starring Lucille Ball, Bob Hope

The Facts of Life [Lucille Ball, Bob Hope]

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The Facts of Life (1960) starring Lucille BallBob Hope

The Facts of Life is a 1960 comedy starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, dealing with a very serious subject: adultery. The movie begins with Lucille Ball and Bob Hope arriving at a foreign hotel kissing, and with Lucille Ball asking the question how she, a normal housewife, got involved with another man?  The movie is then told in flashback as she details how she came to be in this position.

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They Got Me Covered, starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Donald MacBride

They Got Me Covered

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They Got Me Covered (1942), starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour,  Donald MacBride

Synopsis of They Got Me Covered

In They Got Me Covered, (Bob) Hope springs eternal in the role of an eager, but not-too-bright, newspaper correspondent. He seeks to expose the activities of foreign spies in Washington D.C. The lovely Dorothy Lamour co-stars.

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I'll Take Sweden, starring Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld, Frankie Avalon, Dina Merrill

I’ll Take Sweden

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I’ll Take Sweden (1965), starring Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld,  Frankie Avalon,  Dina Merrill

In I’ll Take Sweden, Bob Hope will do almost anything to keep his impressionable teenage daughter (Tuesday Weld) from marrying her lazy boyfriend (Frankie Avalon), even if it means moving to Sweden.  But then he has to worry about a handsome Swede …

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