Dear Diary,

I started to go see Bob Hope in “My Favorite Blonde” today, but Mother threatened my life if I did. So just to be on the safe side, I went to the Majestic and saw “Juke Girl.” It was good, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I would have enjoyed seeing “My Favorite Blonde” to or three times more. I’m going to see it when it comes out the the Rosewin anyway. Of course, Mother doesn’t know that. I saw “Caught in the Draft” ten times, and I didn’t like it as much as I like this one, so I’ll see it at least ten times.

Dear Diary,

Walter Winchell actually wrote something about my favorite person in his column today. He said that after the Nazi raid on Coventry a bit of laughter saved them from complete despair. They had buried their dead, they had gone without necessary food and shelter, and life seemed at an end. A few days later someone dug up a Hollywood movie and showed it in Coventry and nearby towns day and night for a week—twenty four hours a day. Winchell said, “It was so funny it made them laugh for ninety minutes—or at least took their minds from their personal misery…The star was Bob Hope…The picture was ‘Caught in the Draft.'” He also said that America doesn’t want Hope and people like him behind a bayonet—that they do more good in front of a camera.

Dear Diary,

I got just loads of pictures of Bob Hope today, and naturally almost all of them were from “Louisiana Purchase.” I already have more picture from “L.P.” than I do from “N.B.T.”, and “L.P.” hasn’t even been released yet! Just imagine how many I’ll probably have before I see the picture. I may wind up by getting more than I have from “R.T.Z.” or even “C.I.D.”

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope was showing at the Bison today in “Caught In the Draft,” but naturally I didn’t go see it because I’ve already seen it more than any of his other pictures, and I really didn’t enjoy it as mch as the others. Anyway, I’m still waiting patiently for “Nothing But the Truth” to come to Oak Cliff and for “Louisiana Purchase” to come to Dallas, so why should I waste my money on old pictures like “C.I.T.D.,” huh? No, I don’t know either.

Dear Diary,

I got a good full-page picture of Bob Hope today. I’ve had much better pictures of him, but then one can’t be very choosy, so I call it a good picture of him.

Speaking of pictures, I wish “Nothing But the Truth” would hurry and get to Oak Cliff so I can see it a few more times. I’ve only seen it four times, and I was “Caught In the Draft” ten times, and it wasn’t nearly as good as “Nothing But the Truth.”

Dear Diary,

I spent a long time today on my Bob Hope scrap book. I still haven’t finished putting in all my pictures of “Caught in the Draft,” so I don’t know when I’ll ever get started on “Nothing But the Truth” or “Louisiana Purchase” or any other picture Bob might make between now and the time I finish “C.I.T.D.”

Dear Diary,

Chee, ain’t it a wonderful woild? I mean, wid all da boids and da bees and stuff—and Bob Hope. In other words, I saw “Nothing But the Truth” today. I was really swell. Personally, I think it’s a lot better than “Caught In the Draft,” but I rather doubt that anyone else thinks so. In “Caught In the Draft” Bob didn’t seem to be quite up to par, but in “Nothing But the Truth” he’s himself again, but def. He’s again that loveable breezy type of fellow I couldn’t dislike even if I wanted to, but believe me, I don’t want to.

Dear Diary,

I saw “Caught In the Draft” today for the tenth time. Betty Lou and I went to the Melba together this morning and saw it.

I bought a Movie-Radio Guide today. There were five good pictures of Bob Hope in it. Three of them were from “Nothing but the Truth” and two were just snapshots of Bob and the Mrs.

I got a nice frame for my autographed picture of Guess Who.

Dear Diary,

From the Dallas Morning News today: “Strongest darkhorse candidate for displacing Mickey Rooney—if he is to be displaced—in the 1941 race for biggest money making star is Bob Hope.

“Hope has had three big box office hits since the last poll was tabulated and his ‘Nothing but the Truth’ will be out in time to qualify. Should Hope grab that coveted crown it will be due mainly to ‘Caught in the Draft,’ which may finish as the best money picture of the year.

“If ‘Caught in the Draft’ is warmongering propoganda, give us more of the same, is fandom’s cry right now.”

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Bob H0pe, having done his bit for the army in “Caught in the Draft,” will soon start work on a navy picture called “Amateur Admiral.” This won’t be Bob’s first navy picture. He made a picture with Martha Ray two or three years ago called “Give Me a Sailor.”

Dear Diary,

Tonight on the “Millions for Defense” program Barry Wood asked Eddie Cantor if he had heard any of the previous shows. Eddie said, “I heard the Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby show. That Bob Hope is really hot stuff. But maybe you noticed that in his last picture he made one mistake. You’ve seen those clothes Dorothy Lamour has been wearing in her pictures lately? Well, if you ask me, she’s the one who is ‘Caught in the Draft.'”

From the new Movie-Radio Guide: “‘They Got Me Covered,’ Bob Hope’s comic autobiography, is scheduled to go on sale this fall. It’s a self-kidding piece of work, with a foreword by Bing Crosby. The publishers are starting with a large runoff for the first edition, evidently expecting a heavy sale.”

Heavy sale is right. I’m going to buy out the stores! (Maybe)

Dear Diary,

We reached Santa Maria today at about 5:30 p.m. On the way we passed through Santa Barbara. It’s right on the ocean, and about the most scenic town I have ever seen. Why, you’d almost think you were in California! When I looked at some of the beaches and crowds, I could just see Bob Hope gulping as Dorothy Lamour took off her beach robe. (In “Caught in the Draft” of course.)

Dear Diary,

I’ve heard Bob Hope on the air only once this month, and I’m certainly getting tired of waiting for him to come back on the air.

I saw “Caught in the Draft” four times in July, and I will try to see it twice more next month.

Dear Diary,

Tonight, for the first time in almost two years, I missed the Pepsodent show. But after all, Bob Hope is on vacation, and I went to see Bob in “Caught in the Draft” anyway, so what the heck! I had a rather Hopey evening anyway.

Mother went with me tonight and she said she liked the picture. I have now see “Caught in the Draft” nine times.

Dear Diary,

From the Times-Herald today: “Bob Hope has returned home from a twelve-day vacation in the East. During this period he played six benefits, made four personal appearances in connection with his latest film, Caught in the Draft, gave fifteen interviews, but did get in twelve games of golf. Now that he’s had a good rest, he goes right into Louisiana Purchase, followed by Snowball in Hell, Road to Morocco and Murder Farm, plus an untitled picture for Samuel Goldwyn. No doubt he knits for Britain in his spare time.”

I started a Bob Hope scrap book this month and my pictures are all so mixed up at the moment that I have no idea how many I have or where. I do know that I have something over three hundred pictures.

I saw “Caught in the Draft” five times this month and I plan to see it six times more if my money holds out, and I think it will. (I hope.)

I heard Bob’s program only three times this month, because he went off the air the seventeenth. However, he was the guest on two shows this month, so I guess that makes up for his going off the air. (At least, for a while.)

Dear Diary,

I saw Bob Hope in “Caught in the Draft” again tonight. This makes five times; twice Saturday, one and a half times Sunday, and one and a half times tonight. Roy wanted to see it again tonight, but it would have been rather late if we had stayed for another show so we came on home.

Dear Diary,

I saw Bob Hope in “Caught in the Draft” today. Betty Lou went with me and we stayed to see it twice. After the show we went to a magazine store and bought a magazine she had told me about. There was an article in it about Bob Hope and also a surealistic painting of him. It was the most peculiar picture of Bob I’ve seen in a long time.

Bob was not on the radio today.

Dear Diary,

In this morning’s paper John Rosenfield wrote a long column about Bob Hope and there was a picture from “Caught in the Draft” along with the article. I bought a magazine today that had in it two pictures of Bob. One was from “Caught in the Draft” and the other was a full-page picture in color.

Dear Diary,

I went to the Majestic today and saw “Billy the Kid.” I also saw the preview of “Caught in the Draft.” Bob Hope will really be terriffic in that picture—even more so than usual. In one scene he falls in a trench, gets completely covered with mud, only his big eyes and shiny teeth showing. What does he do? He stretches out his hands and says, “Mammy.”

Dear Diary,

I went to the Majestic today and I discovered that the midnight show for next Saturday will be “Caught in the Draft” starring Bob Hope, Eddie Bracken, and Lynn Overman. Dorothy Lamour is also in the picture.

Jeanne gave me an old Family Circle today with an article about the Academy Award Banquet. There was a lot in it about Guess Who.

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope was guest on Hollywood Premiere tonight in “Caught in the Draft. “That was about the shortest half hour I ever heard of. I guess it was because there was so much advertising. After the program was over Louella Parsons asked Bob and Eddie Bracken a few questions sent in by the listeners. She said, “Bob, is it true that you were once in the newspaper business? Bob answered, “Yes, I sold papers on the corner of 105th and Euclid, but I had to give it up when I got a newspaper rash. ” Louella said, “A newspaper rash?” Bob said, “Yes, I broke out in print.” A slight pause, then, “Quick throw out the net!!”

Bob said he was leaving for New York Wednesday to “see the Louis-Conn fight and “Caught in the Draft—eight or nine times.”

Dear Diary,

I bought a Movie-Radio Guide today and I’m surely glad I did, because I might not have listened to Hollywood Premiere next Friday if I hadn’t. Bob Hope will be the guest in the radio version of “Caught in the Draft.” That makes it a triple dose of Bob for next week: 1. Monday he’s on Lux Radio Theatre with Carole Lombard in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” 2. His regular show on Tuesday. (3) Friday, on Louella Parson’s Hollywood Premiere in “Caught in the Draft.” Gosh, what a schedule! I’ll be at the radio all week.

Dear Diary,

From the Time’s Herald today: “Wait until you see Eddie Bracken in ‘Caught in the Draft.’ You will like him and wonder where he has been all these years. We knew that Bob Hope would get a million laughs and that we would like Dorothy Lamour, but Bracken, as Bob’s valet, chauffeur and chief mischief-maker in the army, is a surprise. No wonder Bob is delighted with such a find.”

Most stars would be tearing hair, biting nails, and asking scenes to be cut out if anyone stole a couple from them, but not Bob Hope. Instead, he’s delighted!

Dear Diary,

I got my report cards today. Here are my grades:
.                 1st    2nd    3rd    Final Exam
Algebra:       A       A       A           A
Music:          A       A       A           C
History:        A       A       A           A
English:        A       A       A           A
Latin:           B       B       B           A

The new Movie-Radio Guide came out today. On the cover there was a picture of Bob Hope peeling potatoes, and inside there was a picture-story of “Caught In the Draft.”

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope’s guests tonight were Dorothy Lamour, David Butler, and Colonel Hopping of San Louis Obispo. Bob and Dorothy sang a duet. It was “I’ve Been Drafted and Now I’m Drafting You.” That’s the same song Bob sang two or three weeks ago, and it was even cutertonight than it was then, and that’s going some. The was the best program tonight that he’s had in months, and that, too, is going some. Even Dorothy Lamour was kinda good tonight. Bob, David Butler, and Dorothy were on the program tonight because they were all in camp for the premiere of “Caught In the Draft.”

Dear Diary,

I actually believe I’m phsycic. Today Hedda Hopper started to give her preview and I said to myself, “I’ll bet it’s ‘Caught In the Draft’,” and doggone if it wasn’t. She said, “‘Caught In the Draft’ will throw you into hysterics.” Then she told a little about the story, and the last thing she said was, “Yes, ‘Caught In the Draft’ will restore your faith in motion pictures. Another feather in Bob Hope’s cap!

Dear Diary,

I read a Movie-Radio Guide today that is full of Bob Hope. On the first page it states that next week the cover will be a picture of Bob peeling potatoes. (From C.I.D). There are two pictures of him, one from the Jack Benny anniversary celebration and the other from Kate Smith’s visit to Bob’s show.

Dear Diary,

I saw in a Movie-Radio Guide today that Bob Hope’s tour of army camps following the release of “Caught In the Draft” would be delayed, because he had so many picture assignments he would be held up at the studio for several months.

I went on a hay ride tonight with Roy. He got mad at Roger for paying so much attention to me, but that’s what Roger wanted to d0—make Roy mad.

Dear Diary,

There was an article in the paper this morning about pictures that were being delayed. It stated that Bob Hope’s “Caught In the Draft” was the first army picture made since the draft and that it would be one of the last to be released. It also stated that the title had other studios biting their nails in envy. “The picture is one of Hope’s funniest, and the studio hopes that it will be big Box Office—So does Hope hope.”

Dear Diary,

I got two very good pictures of Bob Hope today. They’re both from “Caught In the Draft”. One of them would be perfect if Dorothy Lamour would just get off his knee and unwind her arms from around his neck. Apart from that, it’s an awfully good picture of Bob. In the other picture he is with Lynn Overmann and Eddie Bracken. It’s cute too.

Dear Diary,

I got ten new pictures of Bob Hope today. The majority of them are from “Caught In the Draft”. There were several others from the same picture that I didn’t keep either because they were too little or because they didn’t look too much like him.

One of the pictures was from a list of Hollywoods ten best citizens and Bob was number one.

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope broadcast from March Field tonight. His guest was Frances Langford. Bob sang a solo tonight, and, for a change, it was a song that hasn’t been sung much on the radio. It was “Ive Been Drafted—And Now I’m Drafting You.” It was the cutest song I’ve heard him sing since “Captain Custard” in “The Road To Singapore.”

I imagine he used a lot of material from “Caught In the Draft” tonight.

Dear Diary,

If there is a sneak preview anywhere next Friday, I’m going to see it, because I dreamed all night last night that “Caught In the Draft” was coming May 9. Instead of showing previews of the picture, Bob Hope was there in person to tell about it. After he finished he came and sat down right next to me. (On my left.)

Dear Diary,

“The Road To Zanzibar” was held over for a third week, which means that it is a big box-office draw. I didn’t see it today because I have to start saving now for “Caught In the Draft.”

Bob Hope is making enough pictures lately to drive a normal person to a nervous breakdown, but his work is relaxed and natural, so I don’t think it will do him any harm (I hope). What the heck am I talking about anyway?

Dear Diary,

I bought a magazine today with a big advertisement for “Caught In the Draft.” There was one picture of Bob Hope making a face at the bugler. In one he was peeling potatoes.

There was an article about the premiere of the picture. It will be held May 2 in some California army camp. Bob will be there along with several other stars. I imagine it will reach Dallas about May 10 or 17, or maybe even the 24 or 31.

Dear Diary,

There was a long article in the paper today about “Nothing But the Truth,” starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard (and Edward Arnold). Bob made a bet with Edward Arnold (in the picture) tht he would tell nothing but the truth on his program just once. A lot of people might find out plenty that way.

“Caught In the Draft” and “Nothing But the Truth” make two pictures I’ll be seeing a lot of the next five or six months.

Dear Diary,

I saw The Road To Zanzibar” twice today. I’ve already seen it almost as many times as I saw “The Road To Singapore.” I’m really going to have a hard tie seeing “Caught In the Draft” as many times as “The Road To Zanzibar.”

All the reviewers gave the picture to Bob Hope. One of them said, “Bob Hope and Bing Crosby—to name them in the order of their importance—”

At about the end of the review he said, “Bing Crosby isn’t so bad in this picture, and Bob Hope, of course, is a genius.”

Dear Diary,

I read in a magazine today about some of the Academy Award winners. It said that the cutest gag Bob Hope pulled all evening was when Buddy De Sylva, his boss at Paramount, left he podium, Bob nodded at De Sylva and said, “He’s just made a deal with Sam Goldwyn for Goldwyn to borrow me for a while. It’s sort of a lend-louse bill.”

There was another article in the magazine about Bob Hope. It stated that Bob thought they ought to change the name of “Caught In the Draft” to “Tanks For the Memory”

Dear Diary,

I got seven pictures of Bob Hope today. That makes an even two hundred pictures I have of him. Four of the pictures were from “Caught In the Draft.” The whole story was in the magazine, too. Bob plays the part of Don Bolton, a movie idol, and Lynne Overmann is his agent who doesn’t want Don to get drafted because he’ll only get ten per cent of $21 a month.

Dear Diary,

There was a cute story about Bob Hope in the morning paper. Bob was reading his script on the set of “Caught In the Draft” and he came across an army term he wanted explained. The technical adviser wasn’t around so Bob walkded up to a sight-seeing Sergeant and began playfuly, “Hey, Corporal, —” whereupon the disgraced Sergeant delivered a terse lecture on the difference between a Corporal and a Sergeant. “And furthermore,” he said, “If you plan to make any more army pictures you’d better learn to read chevrons.” Bob meekly answered, “Yes sir!” and went to look for the technical adviser.

Dear Diary,

I got three pictures of Bob Hope today. One of them was from “Caught In the Draft.” I hope it doesn’t come out too soon after “Road To Zanzibar” because I would have too much on my hands trying to see both of them as many times as I want to.

I found out today what I am going to make in Latin this six weeks. Believe it or not I’m going to make B. I also found out that I’m going to make A in English.

Dear Diary,

One of Bing Crosby’s guests tonight was Lionel Barrymoore. Bing said, “Lionel, how have you done it? Year afer year you keep making pictures. It looks like you’d get tired of it.” Barrymoore replied, “Oh, I don’t get tired of it, but don’t know how the public has taken it.” Bing: If they can take guys like Bob Hope and me, then they can take you.

Another guest was Eddie Bracken. Bing said he met Eddy on the set of Bob Hope’s picture, “Caught In the Draft”, and decided to invited Eddie over before he got drafted.

I bought a magazine today that had several pictures of Bob Hope and some English refugee children. Bob was entertaining them on a ranch in Palm Springs.

Dear Diary,

Today Hedda Hopper said that Bob Hope had to jump out of a plane in a parachute for “Caught In the Draft.” When he got ready to jump he said, “I feel like a swallow about to take off for Capistrano!”

In a magazine I read that he had turned down an offer to become mayor of Hollywood because it would interfere with his benefit performances. “Besides,” he said, “if I get into politics they might make me president, and look how long they keep you there!”

Dear Diary,

I found five pictures of Bob Hope today. One of them was taken during a benefit performance and four are from “The Road to Zanzibar.” One of the four shows Bob about to be shot out of a cannon. Bing Crosby is standing on a platform “barking.” Leave it to Bing Crosby to give Bob the dirty work. That picture had better come to Dallas in February (or early March) or I’m going to be one busy person trying to see “The Road to Zanzibar” and “Caught In the Draft” about ten times each when the’ll both be showing at about the same time.

Dear Diary,

Today on the radio Hedda Hopper repeated that story I read in the paper yesterday about Jack Chapin, who was caught in the draft.

This morning Betty Lou gave me two pictures of Bob Hope. There were both from “The Road To Singapore” and both pretty good, but not as good as the three I gave her yesterday. I got three pictures of him out of a magazine today. They were accompanied by a swell article about him telling what several people think about him.

Dear Diary,

Today there was an article in the paper about a young bit-player in Hollywood who has a part in Bob Hope’s new picture, “Caught In the Draft.” He was elated over the fact that he was in a picture with two of his favorites, Hope and Lamour. He went home to tell his family and friends about it and he found a blank question sheet waiting for him. He had been drafted into the real army.