Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Paramount has started production on their big all-star picture, “Star-Spangled Rhythm.” The picture will star just about every big name on the Paramount lot, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Cecil B. de Mille, Buddy De Sylva, Veronica Lake, Paulette Goddard, Dorothy Lamour, etc. Wow! What a show! I wonder what I’m going to do when I start listing Bob’s co-stars for “Star-Spangled Rhythm” in my record book. It’ll take the rest of the page that I’ve already started, if not more, I’ll have to buy another book for his next picture.

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Dear Diary,

On Hedda Hopper’s program today she said, “When Bob Hope was asked to donate some of his blood to help in C.B. de Mille’s drive for blood for the Red Cross, Bob replied, ‘I’ve given my life’s blood to Paramount, but, C.B., if there’s a drop lieft in me, you’re welcome to it.'”

Dorothy Lamour was Fred Allen’s guest tonight. He asked her if she didn’t get tired of working with animals. She said, “Yes, it does get rather tiresome. I’ve worked with lions, tigers, monkeys, snakes, apes, gorillas, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope—” Allen described Bing Crosby as a bundle for Britain that had lost its string. He said Bob’s face looked like a scythe covered with flesh. He said he saw Hope in technicolor, and he came out a dirty pastel Fred and Dorothy spent about ten minutes talking about nothing but Bob and Bing.

Dear Diary,

I forgot one little detail about Cecil B. de Mille’s visit on Bob Hope’s show last night. After Bob had recovered a little, C.B. said, “How do you feel about receiving this grand award, Bob? Aren’t you a little nervous?” Bob replied, “Oh, no, I always chew my script like this.” (I had meant to add that little incident last night, but I forgot it ’til now. I guess one time is as good as another though, so I put it in tonight.)

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are going to make a picture together. It will be called “True to Life.” Bing will play the part of a goof who has a silly notion he can sing like Bing Crosby. Can you imagine? The paper didn’t say what Bob will play, but if he’s in it, you can bet he’ll play.

Dear Diary,

Jack Haley was Bob Hope’s guest tonight. They did a vaudeville act that was absolutely terrific. They sang a duet that would have been beautiful (except for the words) if they had tried, but as they did it, it was the funniest (and corniest) thing I have ever heard. Jack and Bob, commonly known as Haley and Staley, are just about as good as Bob and Pat O’Brien.

Cecil B. de Mille was an unexpected guest tonight. He presented Bob with a scroll from the Motion Picture Daily naming Bob not only the best comedian on the air, but also the champion of champions in radio. DeMille called it the greatest tribute that could be paid a radio performer. After C.B.’s beautiful speech, all Bob could say was, “Whew!”

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr were the guests on the Lux Radio Theatre tonight in “The Bride Came C.O.D.” I read some time ago that Bob was Hedy’s favorite movie star. In fact C.B. deMille said tonight that when he asked Hedy who she wanted for a leading man she had turned down Clark Gable and insisted on Bob. And everyone knows how Bob feels about Hedy, so what a show that was! After the play was over Bob and Hedy talked for a while. Bob asked Hedy if she would go out with him New Year’s Eve. Hedy, “Why yes, I guess so, Bob. What have you passes for?”

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope was on the Lux Radio Theatre tonight. He was really swell. After the show Cecil B. DeMille congratulated Carole Lombard on her fine performance. Bob said, “Oh, uh, C.B., aren’t you forgetting somebody?” C.B. answered, “If I am, Bob, I’m just being kind.” Bob said, “Well, I appeal to the women, don’t I Carole?” Silence. “Well, I appeal to the men, don’t I, C.B?” Silence. Then Bob yelled, “There are sixteen million kids in this country. Goodnight!”
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There are not only sixteen million kids, but there are twenty-four million adults who listen to Bob every Tuesday.

Dear Diary,

I was reading the paper and listening to the radio at the same time tonight. I was listening to Lux Radio Theatre. My eye caught that name in the paper so naturally I read it. It said that on June 9th the play will be “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, starring Carole Lombard and Bob Hope. Sure enough, at the end of the program, C.B. DeMille announced a new comedy team, “Carole Lombard—–and Bob Hope.” As soon as he said “—and Bob Hope” everybody laughed. Boy, what a comedian. Imagine people laughing just because his name was mentioned. Gee, if he happened to be kinda corny some night he could just repeat his name a few times and get lots of laughs.

Dear Diary,

I listened to Lux Radio Theatre tonight. Bob Hope was the guest star. The play was “The Awful Truth” and Connie Bennett was also in it. Boy, oh boy! A whole hour of Bob. Naturally it wasn’t as funny as his show always is, but that play isn’t a comedy anyhow. Bob made it as funny as the plot would allow and C.B. called him Bob “Clark Gable” Hope. He said for “Reap the Wild Wind” he wanted a handsome young man with a nice profile. Bob said he didn’t have the best profile in Hollywood but he had the most.

Dear Diary,

The Lux Radio Theatre play was certainly good tonight. It was “My Bill” starring Kay Francis and Warren William. Bill was played by Dix Davis, the boy who plays the part of Pinky on “One Man’s Family.” He is a cute kid and has a very good voice for radio.

I almost jumped out of the bed when they announced the show for next week. C.B. said it was really something to be excited about and when he says that I always expect some stuffed shirt, but the play for next week is “The Awful Truth” starring Bob Hope and Constance Bennett.

Dear Diary,

Several weeks ago I read that Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Betty Grable would appear together on one of the Gulf Screen Guild plays. I waited about four weeks and it wasn’t on or it wasn’t announced so I gave up hope. But today I read in the paper that Bob and Bing are working on the script for the show. I won’t be on for a long time, I don’t imagine, because of their tour they are about to start on, and it will last a few weeks.

There was something else in the paper about C.B. DeMille starting an Academy of Radio Arts and Sciences like the one now used for movies. It said he would work with such radio favorites as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Kate Smith.