Dear Diary,

I got several pictures of Bob Hope today. Most of them were from “The Road to Morocco,” but one of them was taken while Bob was talking to Jack Benny. It was an article about Benny, and the caption said, “Jack listens to Bob Hope, a rival, but a close friend.” I knew that they knew each other, but I didn’t know they were such good friends. However, it must be true, because the article quoted Jack as saying that he enjoys listening to other comedians, and that “Bob Hope kills me.” I hope he didn’t mean that literally.

Dear Diary,

I think I’m going to like Jack Benny’s summer replacement. Each week a complete radio show will be presented by the government. Bob Hope and the gang will be on some time soon. That is, if he ever gets back to Hollywood. He’s been gone since April 30, and probably won’t return until about June 20. He’s doing the government a lot of goo, I know, but I wonder how his wife and two children feel about it. He might as well be in the army, as far as their seeing him is concerned. Speaking of the army, I wonder what his plans are concerning same. I’m just wondering if that magazine article was really true.

Dear Diary,

After Sunday School today  I came home and put on my jeans and did nothing but lie around the house the rest of the day. In fact, I did so much of nothing that I gave myself a headache.

Jack Benny went off the air tonight. I’m glad too, because Daddy always plays his radio so loud I have to listen and I don’t like him. I feel sorry for Fred Allen though. He’s going to have to start preparing his own program again, because he won’t be able to repeat Jack Benny’s. It seems that everybody goes off the air before Bob Hope and come on later in the fall. Bob still has three shows yet before his vacation (?) starts

Dear Diary,

I haven’t seen Bob Hope in any pictures this month, but that will be more than made up for, beginning next Saturday, and I do mean by seeing “My Favorite Blonde” six or eight times. Not only that, but I’ll see him in person a week from Monday. And that, boys and girls, ain’t hay! I heard Bob on the radio four times this month. He was on a China Relief show April 11, and I heard him on his own show three times. I would have heard him on his own show four times, but of course, President Roosevelt had to take his air time last Tuesday for his report to the nation, in which he said almost nothing which had’t been said a thousand times before he said them. Anyway, the President wanted to speak, so who am I tell him when he should do it. He must not like Bob Hope though, because every time he speaks on Tuesday, it’s always at nine o’clock. Actually he does it because that’s a convenient listening time for most people and ensure he’ll have plenty of listeners. I saw in the paper that President’s Roosevelt’s rating was as much last week as the combined ratings of Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Fibber McGee usually are.

Dear Diary,

For the past three months the Silver Theater has said that Bob Hope would be their guest. Today the said, “Next week our guest will be your favorite comedian—Jack Benny.” It’s a lie! It’s a lie! How are they supposed to know who my favorite comedian is? At any rate, it is not Jack Benny, and they shouldn’t have given me such a shock. Imagine making me think they were going to say Bob Hope would be their guest, and then saying Jack Benny. It’s a gyp! You want to know something? It’s this. I don’t think everyone likes Bob Hope as much as I do. I can’t imagine why, but I just don’t think they do.

Dear Diary,

I had a holiday today, so I had a lot of fun (?) by getting my hair washed. That old March wind was really cutting up all day, so just to be foolish, I left the beauty shop and went right down town. Boy, if my hair wasn’t a mess! It was worth it though, because I saw Bob Hope in the newsreel. It was made at the Academy Award banquet and it showed Bob presenting the special cigar-smoking Oscar to Jack Benny. The two of them looked so chummy with their arms around each other. I expected one of them to suddenly kiss the other or some silly thing almost as ridiculous, but they didn’t. They just shook hands like old friends instead of like two long lost buddies. I wonder if they really felt as chummy as they looked. If not, they’re both good actors.

Dear Diary,

I got the best golfing picture of Bob Hope today that I ever got. He has on white pants and a dark sweater, and the most determined look on his face I ever saw on anyone. Standing beside Bob, watching the flight of the ball, is Bill Stern, who also hain’t no slouch when it comes to looks. At the time, Bill was getting the low-down on some of Hollywood’s better sportsmen. He said that Bob astonished him by hitting the ball so far the caddies couldn’t even find it.

At the Academy Award banquet last night, Joan Fontaine won an Oscar for her work in “Suspicion” and Gary Cooper received one for “Sergeant York.” Bob Hope was m.c., as usual. He didn’t get any special award, but he gave an Oscar in skirts, with a cigar in its moth, to Jack Benny for being the year’s outstanding cigar-smoking sweater girl. (Charlie’s Aunt.)

Dear Diary,

Linda Darnell visited Sunset today. She came in my Latin class during the last period. I sit on the front row, so I got a very close view. I actually believe she’s got everything they say she has, because even at that close range she was a dream, and I never saw such a complexion. Wow! This was the second time I have seen her, because I saw her on the Majestic stage in connection with her first picture, “Hotel for Women.”

Hedda Hopper said today that in “The Road to Morocco” Bob Hope again dresses as a woman—his own aunt. She said that she, for one, was tired of seeing comedians dressed as women. Jack Benny did it in “Charley’s Aunt,” Bob did it “Nothing But the Truth,” William Powell did it in “Love Crazy,” Joe E. Brown will do it in his forthcoming picture, “Shut My Big Mouth,” and not Bob does it again! I can’t say that I blame Hedda one bit.

Dear Diary,

I had rather a disappointment today. The papers, instead of saying Bob Hope and Bing Crosby might be here, they said Bing Crosby might be here. Bob Hope’s name was almost completely omitted. I said almost because there was on little article that said something about there still being a chance of Bob and Bing coming for a benefit match. Even though that’s all it said, it gave me a straw to hang on to.

I heard on the Silver Theater today that Bob Hope might be on that program two weeks from today. Bing Crosby was guest today.

Jack Benny wasn’t on his show tonight. I figured it had something to do with Carole Lombard’s tragic death yesterday, and sure enough, Walter Winchell confirmed my thoughts. He said Benny just didn’t feel like being gay and merry at a time like this.

Dear Diary,

After  going successfully through two of the four state championship games, Sunset was defeated 14-0 by Wichita Falls today. That puts us completely out of the running. Even at that, though, this was the first Sunset team ever to get this far in the race. You can bet  the Sunset team and student body is pretty downhearted to get so near and yet so far from the state championship.

According to the morning paper Bob Hope was voted champion of champions in the vote taken by the Motion Picture Daily. Jack Benny ranked second to Bob in both classifications.

Dear Diary,

Orson Welles said tonight that within the next few weeks Bob Hope would be his guest. That ought to be pretty good—a great actor and a great comedian. Jack Benny has been a guest on Orson’s program, but that wasn’t so hot. After all, though, what can you expect from a mediocre (Is that the way to spell it?) comedian? You’re right—absolutely nothing. If I’m not mistaken, Mr. Welles has had professional dealings with only two comedians, including Bob—and with only one good comedian, including Bob.

Dear Diary,

Dix Davis was on Jack Benny’s program today as a boy gag-writer, “Belly Laugh Barton.” Benny heard he was going to get a job with Bob Hope, so he he tried to convince Dix that he was an easier comedian to write for than Bob, but Dix said, “You’re crazy. I could write thousands of jokes about Hope’s nose alone.” Dix Davis can’t seem to get away from Bob. First he was on Bob’s summer program, and now he pretends to be a future Hope gag-writer. (Maybe Bob owes him some money.)

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and John Barrymore are going to lead the Santa Claus parade in Los Angeles next month. Oh, to be in Los Angeles next month. But in a way I had rather be in New York or Washington. (On the Quiz Kids, if you hadn’t guessed it.) What am I saying? I’d rather see Bob Hope than the Quiz Kids.

Dear Diary,

For a few minutes tonight I thought Bob Hope’s program was slipping, but believe me it picked up. Oh, pos. Instead of giving a song version, tonight he dramatized the first chapter of his book.

Bob did something tonight that I don’t believe he has ever done on the air before. His last words on the program were, “Good-night, Linda.” I really believe it is the  first time he has done that, and I like it. I hope he makes a habit of it, because for a while Jack Benny was about the only prominent comedian who ever said good-night to his daughter over the radio.

Dear Diary,

I bought a Movie-Radio Guide today that contained Bob Hope’s “Nothing But the Truth” quiz. There was also a picture story of “Nothing But the Truth.”

Betty Lou and I went to the Palace tonight to see A. & C. in “Hold That Ghost.” There was a sneak preview tonight and it turned out to be Jack Benny in “Charlie’s Aunt.” Both pictures were pretty good.

Dear Diary,

Tonight Fred Allen’s guest was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Allen said, “The Dodgers are a cinch to win the penant this year, and if the manager of the New York Giants is listening, this is the Bob Hope Show!” Sometimes I think he’s trying to work up a little fued with Bob like the one between Jack Benny and Fred Allen, but Bob doesn’t play that way. Anyway, Allen’s probably just giving Bob a few friendly (?) plugs.

Dear Diary,

Daddy’s precious Jack Benny went off the air today, but Bob Hope has three more broadcasts left this season. Bob always comes back on the air a few weeks earlier than Benny, too. Frankly, I don’t understand what Daddy sees in Benny, unless it’s the fact that they’re more nearly the same age. Bob himself says that his gags are for the younger generation!

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,

Skinnay Ennis was the guest on the Band Wagon today. He sure made fun of Bob Hope, since Hope wasn’t there to heckle him. Skinnay said, “After all, why should I let Bob Hope heckle me? Who is he but Bing Crosby’s Rochester?” Tobe Reed said, “Skinnay, what has Hope got that you don’t have?” Skinnay said, “He’s got thirty-five more pounds and a contract with Paramount.”

Bob Hope’s guest tonight was Ella Logan, a Scotch singer. Boy, what a program! He was hot tonight. He got cut short and didn’t get to sing his theme song, but he did finish his sketch. Bob ran a candy shop and told Skinnay to wrap up a box of candy for Jack Benny Skinnay said he was very thoughtful to send candy to a rival comedian. Bob said, “Yeh, and wrap it up good so the fuse won’t show.”

I read in the paper today that Jack Hope, one of Bob’s older brothers, got married yesterday.

Dear Diary,

Hedda Hopper told all about the Benny anniversary banquest today. She said that they had a terrible time arranging the speeches because no one wanted to follow Bob Hope—not even Benny. Edgar Bergen said that he and Benny were in vaudeville together. They weakened it so Bob Hope could make the kill. Bob looked over at Jack Benny and said, “Radio does something to your hair. Your forehead’s gone up with your Crossley rating.”

Dear Diary,

Jack Benny was honored with a banquet today celebrating his tenth anniversary in radio. Bob Hope was one of the speakers, but the dinner wasn’t broadcast so I didn’t hear him. I’ll bet he pulled some good ones on Benny.

I imagine that after all the banquets and his own radio program Benny can’t get his hat on.

Dear Diary,

This morning there was an article in the paper about Bob Hope’s picture with Jack Benny. The article stated that the picture, “We Want A Girl Friend,” will be started early next year.

I guess my dream last Friday night is not coming true because there will be no sneak tomorrow.

Dear Diary,

There was a swell article in the paper this morning. It stated that Paramount realized that the success of “The Road To Zanzibar” was due chiefly to Bob Hopes popularity and that he is now getting more attention than a prima donna.

The artile also stated that before “The Road To Moscow” will be “The Road To Morocco.” He will do “Murder Farm” with Paulette Goddard and “We Want A Girl Friend” with Jack Benny. Those three and the other six I knew about make nine pictures slated.

Dear Diary,

Jack Benny pulled only one good joke today. He was on the trail of a murderer at the Paramount Theatre. Phil Harris and his band are playing there now and Jack Benny said, “Look at that marquee. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in “The Road To Zanzibar” and Phil Harris in “The Road to Any Bar.”

Dear Diary,

The new Movie-Radio Guide came out today. It carried the complete results of the Star of Stars Poll. There were 22 divisions with ten prizes in each division. In one called My Favorite Program Bob Hope was tenth. In Best Variety Program Bob was fourth. In the Best Master of Ceremonies division he was second. And in the Best Comedian division he was rated first. To top all that, he was voted Star of Stars, above all other popular radio stars, including the Great (?) Jack Benny, who was second Star of Stars.

In the same magazine there was an article and several pictures from “Bob Hope’s Great Comedy Show.”

Dear Diary,

At 10:15 tonight there was a Greek War Relief program which lasted an hour and a half. Bob Hope and Jack Benny were so-m.c.s and when you put the two together it doesn’t take a master-mind to know which one is the best comedian. Part of the program was a modern version of the “Mikado.” Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Groucho Marx took the parts of the Three Little Maids From School. There were over fifty starts on the program. I would have enjoyed it much more if Mr. White hadn’t been hammering on the stove but even that can’t keep me from enjoying Bob Hope.