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.

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,

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 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,

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.