Dear Diary,

Gee, it was good to hear Bob Hope on the radio again. Any and the Kingfish said they wanted to be sure there was some important star in “Star-Spangled Rhythm” to kind of carry the quartet along. Bob said, “Well, there’s Bing Crosby, and I’m in the picture myself. Then there’s Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Mary Martin, Eddie Bracken, Rochester, —” The Kingfish said, “Oh, Rochester’s in it. Then it’s okay. We wanted to be sure there was some big star in it, so the boys wouldn’t be put in a B picture.” Bob added there was already one good quartet in Hollywood—Bing Crosby’s.

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Dear Diary,

Hedda Hopper said today that Danny Kaye is in Hollywood waiting to be cast in a picture. She said she hoped they would team him with Bob Hope, because they would make a great team. I don’t know much about Danny Kaye, but I at least one half of the team would be great.

I read an article by Dorothy Kilgallen, called “If I Were the Queen of Hollywood.” She said first of all that Bob Hope would be her court jester. Later in the article she said, “I’d have Dorothy Lamour wear the old sweater and cap and let Bing Crosby and Bob Hope wear the sarong.” No! Keep Bob in that black sweater!

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Madeleine Carroll and Stirling Hayden have begun a long-delayed honeymoon. Golly, what’s Bob Hope doing to do now. He can’t publicly chase a married woman, as he has been doing with Mady. I guess he’ll have to stick strictly so such gals as Hedy Lamarr, Paulette Goddard, and Dottie Lamour – at least until those fair damsels get hitched (again). Bob may surprise everyone and start talking about his wife. After all, he could have done much, much worse than he did. Mrs. H. is a might pretty gal to have for a wife.

 

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.

Dear Diary,

I guess I should be thrilled, but I’m not. Dorothy Lamour was in town today selling war bonds and stamps and I went down and bought 75¢ worth from her. She looks just like she does in pictures, which is not bad, but not good. The only reason I cared to see her was because she knows Bob Hope. Some recommendation!

Speaking of Bob, as I usually manage to do, I read a rather startling article about him in a magazine today. I don’t know whether to believe it or not, but there’s no need to worry about it, because I’ll know when, and if, it happens. It said that after Bob’s eight week tour of army camps, he would go into the army himself, in the Moral Department. I said that the government may or may not decide that he should take time out for one or two pictures a year.

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope will go to Chicago June 14 on a bond selling drive. The article said the goal is one billion dollars. That’s a lot of mulah, but if anybody can sell that much, Bob Hope is the man to do it. Carole Lombard sold over two million dollars worth in one day, and Dorothy Lamour has approached the billion dollar mark in a tour over the country (which will bring her to Dallas Friday.) But if Bob sets out to sell a billion dollars worth of bonds in two or three days, I’ll bet my last red penny that he reaches that goal. I saw another article in the paper that said Bob will play a Red Cross golf match June 13. Oh that man!

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Sam Goldwyn has signed Dinah Shore to appear in the picture he’s going to make which will star Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Boy, Bob certainly gets surrounded by singers in his pictures. There has been Shirley Ross, Martha Raye, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Dona Drake, and now Dinah Shore. It’s strange that novody let’s Bob sind an entire song all by himself (or is it so strange?) But I solemnly swear that before I leave the realm of worldly things, I shall hear him sing a song all the way through—with no other vocal accompaniment. Just little Bobby!

Dear Diary,

Now I know. I’ve suspected it for some time, but now I know. Bob Hope is superstitious. I first suspected it when he refused to change dressing rooms at Paramount. Now this morning I saw in the paper that he and Dorothy Lamour refused to have any peacocks in “The Road to Morocco” because of ancient superstition that peacocks bring bad luck. So, there won’t be any peacocks in the picture. Bob and Dottie were to be surrounded by peacocks in a big love scene, and slaves were supposed to fan them with peacock feathers. But when Bob and Dottie heard about it, they set up suck an awful howl that all signs of peacocks were removed from the big scene.

Dear Diary,

I got a few pictures today of Bob Hope presenting academy awards. In the same magazine there was an article about Bob’s and Bing Crosby’s new picture, “The Road to Morocco.” It said that although Bing winds up with Dorothy Lamour again, Bob gets Dona Drake, who is also nice. If you ask me, she’s a great deal nicer than Dorothy. If I were a man, I had certainly rather wind up with Dona Dottie. Dona can sing better, she’s cuter, and (in pictures at least) she has a nicer personality. I really don’t know whether to believe the article or not, because they said that he got Una Merkel in “The Road to Zanzibar,” but he just barely hinted in the picture that he might get to like her. So-o-o-o-?

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,

Madeliene Carroll was Fred Allen’s guest tonight. She said “All my life I’ve wanted to work with a grat comedian.” Allen said, “And now you’re satisfied?” She said, “Yes, next week I start work on a picture with Bob Hope.” Allen: “Hope? Hope? Who’s he?” Carroll: “Why, you know him. He made several pictures with Bing Crosby. You know Bob Hope. He’s a great comedian.” F.A.: “Hope? Crosby? I never heard of them.” M.C.: “What? You never saw one of the pictures starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour?” F.A.: “Oh! Dorothy Lamour! Why didn’t you say so? Miss Carroll, there are only two things to see in a Dorothy Lamour picture, and they’re not Hope and Crosby!”

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,

I bought a magazine today that covered Dorothy Lamour’s departure to Honolulu. In one picture she’s reading a note on a bouquette of flowers. It reads, “Have a nice trip and don’t worry about ‘Aloma.’ We’re dubbing Kathleen Burke.

Love to Greg.
Bob and Dolores Hope”

The note looks like it was written in Bob’s own handwritting. If so, I at least know what his autograph looks like.

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,

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour were guests on the “Millions For Defense” program tonight. Here is a sample of their looney conversation: Bob: “Say, Bing, did you buy that shirt or did you sneak up behind it and beat it to death?” Bing: “Aw, this is really dull now. You oughtta see it when I plug it in.”

They sang a song together about their “Road” pictures, but every time they sang something funny they’d laugh so hard they couldn’t sing the next line. Bing and Bob tried to see which could go lower. They both went so low it was impossible to tell.

Dear Diary,

I listened to “Millions For Defense” tonight. Mickey Rooney was one of the guests and since the program was in New York they switched to Hollywood for him. He was in an empty studio. He said, “I’m alone. No audience. Why, there aren’t even any relatives in the front row like Bob Hope uses.”

Bob Hope, by the way, will be one of the guests next week. Two others will be Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, so that ought to be plenty good. I may be in camp next Wednesday, but I’ll listen to that program anyway.

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,

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,

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 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,
Betty Lou and I saw “The Road To Zanzibar” twice today. While we were waiting in line people all around us were talking about the show being Bob Hope’s from the beginning. In the show, every time Bob said something somebody around us would say, “Isn’t he the cutest thing?” I didn’t know so many people liked Bob Hope. I certainly can’t blame them though. One reviewer said, “Crosby and Lamour make several songs endurable although they break into Mr. Hope’s priceless routine.” She wasn’t kidding.

Dear Diary,

I won third prize in the spelling bee today. The first prize was a gold medal, second was a silber medal, and third, the one I won, was bronze.

Bob Hope was Kate Smith’s guest tonight. He and Dorothy Lamour and Una Merkel gave a radio version of “The Road To Zanzibar.” Bob did the narrating and most of the talking. He was the funniest thing. He had five or ten minutes all to himself before the play started. Kate Smith, in turn, will be Bob’s guest next Tuesday.

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope’s guest tonight was Una Merkel. The program wsn’t as good as it has been lots of times but it was wtill plenty good. He sang “Let’s Get Away From It All” as his solo tonight. Since Una Merkel is in “The Road To Zanzibar”, they talked about it a little. Bob said, “That Bing Crosby! Why does he always win Dorothy Lamour? After all, what has Crosby got that I can’t adopt?”

Not only is Bob going to be Kate Smith’s guest Friday, but Kate Smith is going to be Bob’s guest next Tuesday.

Dear Diary,

In the morning paper there was another artical about Bob Hope being Kate Smith’s first Hollywood guest on her program next week. She will spend about two months in Hollywood and Bob will appear next week in the radio adaptation of “The Road To Zanzibar,” with Dorothy Lamour and Una Merkel. If there’s any singing to be done this time, by golly, Bob and Dorothy will do it without Bing sticking his foot in the middle of things

On Kate Smith’s program tonight she announced that she was going to Hollywood next week and would spend several weeks there. Her guests for next week are Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, and Una Merkel in a radio adaptation of “The Road To Zanzibar.” When she had “Western Union” on her show it was only two weeks until the picture came out as a sneak preview, so maybe that means that “The Road To Zanzibar” will be out soon. I hope so and I also hope it comes as a sneak first so I can see it more.

Dear Diary,

I got a new song sheet with the lyrics and story of “The Road To Zanzibar.” There were two pictures and Bob Hope was in one with Bing Crosby. Dorothy Lamour was in the other one. There was another new magazine at the store today. It had an article and two swell pictures of Bob. There were a lot of nice things in the article about Bob, but the man who wrote them must have been crazy. But then, maybe he has to be to write about Bob Hope (no offense, Bob).

Betty Lou and I went to a basketball game today. It was between the Greiner regular team the the Greiner faculty. The teachers won 24-20.

Dear Diary,

On Lux Radio Theatre tonight Dorothy Lamour was in the play. After it was over the announcer said, “Dorothy Lamour will soon be seen in the Paramount picture, ‘Road To Zanzibar.’, in which she costars with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.” I hope it will be soon because I’ve been waiting for it since last August.

Betty Lou was absent today. I think she has a cold. She had better be at school tomorrow because I think we dance in physical education and she is my partner.

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.

Dear Diary,

Today in the Times Herald it told a little about the “Road To Zanzibar.” Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are two Americans who get “taken for a ride” in Africa. Dorothy Lamour pretends to be a slave girl seeking freedom and Hope and Crosby put up the money although it takes their lasat cent. Lamour then splits with the slave trader and disappears. All Hope and Crosby get out of it is a good lesson.

I had so much homework tonight that I spent four good solid hours on it and I’m still not completely through with my music report or six problems in history. Anyway, my music isn’t due until Friday, even if the history is due tomorrow.

Dear Diary,

I saw Bob Hope in “The Ghost Breakers” today. I saw it twice and I had seen it five times before. Now I have seen it and “The Road To Singapore” (Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dotty Lamour) the same amount of times. Paulette Goddard was in “The Ghost Breakers.”