Dear Diary,

Bob Hope will be guest on the “Amos ‘N Andy” show tomorrow. He will be worked into the script in stead of appearing as a guest star. The Golden Gate Quartet has been their guest for the last three days. The Kingfish, as their agent has gotten them an interview with a representative from Paramount, who wants to sign a Negro quartet for the new Paramount picture, “Star-Spangled Rhythm.” Bob Hope will probably play the part of the Paramount representative “Star-Spangled Rhythm” is the all-star picture in which practically every big name at Paramount has a part. That includes Bob, of course.

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Dear Diary,

Well, it happened again. I got a second autographed picture of Bob Hope in the mail today. It came from Paramount studio and was in the regular type of envelope that all Bob’s pictures are sent in, just like the last one I got, but I can’t imagine why either of them was sent. I know Betty Lou sent for one a long time ago, and I got that okay. Then I got the second one, for what reason heaven only knows. The only thing which could have caused them to send the third one was the fact that I sent him a birthday card. Just the same, I hope it becomes a habit.

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 went to the Kessler Theater tonight and saw “Bahama Passage.” There was a short Bob Hope comedy called “Double Exposure.” It was made about five years ago. There were three things that told me that, even though there was no actual date given: (1) it was made for Warner Brothers instead of dear old Paramount; (2) the styles in both automobiles and clothing were about five years old; (3) Bobbie didn’t have quite the polish or technique or finesse or savoir faire (oo-la-la!) that he has now. He looked just like he does now (only minus the little pot) and he used his hands and eyes like he does now (he even had on his ring), but it wasn’t the Bob of today.

 

Dear Diary,

Well, today was April Fool’s Day, but I didn’t have anything pulled on me, thank goodness. According to Bob Hope, last night he had quite a few jokes pulled on him. He said, “Someone sent me a note telling me to meet them under the big tree on Main Street at 8:00 tonight, and they signed it Hedy Lamarr. Of course I knew it was only an April Fool’s gag, so I didn’t wait very long. And besides, the mailman came by and took me home.

“They tried to fool me over at the Paramount too, but I knew what they were doing. They said they weren’t going to pick up my option, and I laughed so hard I fell off my knees.”

I got four or five new pictures of Bob Hope, today, and several articles about him too.

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,

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,

From the Times Herald today: “Bob Hope is beginning one of his special vacations from Paramount, which means that he’ll really be working harder than if he were on the job at the studio.

Bob’s off across the country to try to make life a little happier for other people by the kind of appearances which cost him $100,000 last year.

He has numerous stops scheduled, including the American Legion convention in Milwaukee. He’ll also appear in Salt Lake City, Chicago, Cleveland, New York and elsewhere.

Nobody works harder than Bob Hope when hes on what’s supposed to be a vacation.”

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that “Louisiana Purchase” has been complete. That, of course, means that even if we could go through Paramount, Bob Hope wouldn’t be there, so that takes care of that. I don’t even want to go now.

Jerry Lester was back on the Kraft Music Hall tonight. He’s a good comedian, however, comedians may come and comedians may go, but there’ll never be another Bob Hope.

Dear Diary,

Pat called Mr. Bryson today about going through Paramount, but he said he couldn’t arrange it this year, because all the studios had been so beseiged with visitors the first of the season that they had closed the gates to visitors. I guess that means that I won’t see Bob Hope, but I haven’t given up all hope of seeing hum yet. I’ll see him before we leave or burst trying. (Bang!)

Dear Diary,

Today Stella Unger said something about seeing Bob Hope the other day in one of the colorful costumes he wears in his new technicolor musical, “Louisiana Purchase.” That means he’s still working on that picture. I only hope we can get to California and go though Paramount before he finishes it. I sure hope he does some singing in this picture. He hasn’t done any since “Road to Singapore” when he sang “Captain Custard.”

Dear Diary,

I wrote Sister today and told her that Mother and I would be there in about a week. I also asked her to get in touch with the man who took us through Paramount in 1939 and to start proceedings to see if we can’t go again. This time I intend to see Bob Hope, not just a set where he was working the day before. Gosh, if I see him I don’t know what I’ll do, but if I don’t see him, I think I’ll probably commit suicide. (But I really doubt it, seriously.)

Dear Diary,

The following article appeared in a Movie-Radio Guide I bought today: “Paramount had to delay the start of the picture ‘Louisiana Purchase’ because of Bob Hope’s bad case of sunburn. The picture is in Technicolor and hence sunburn shows up like nobody’s business. However, Hope’s case was a little more than a problem in photography. He was very sick from the burn, he legs were swollen and he was feeling miserable generally.” (That’s what he gets for leaving California and getting in the sun.)

Dear Diary,

Things are beginning to look less Hopeful every day. Not only is it doubtful that we will get to go to California, but even if we do go, we can’t get in Paramount, because all the studios have banned visitors with no exceptions. I’ve already been through Paramount once, but Bob Hope was on his Christmas vacation and I didn’t get to see him, although “The Road to Singapore” was in the making.

Dear Diary,

The following article was in the Dallas Morning News today: “Bob Hope posed with a portrait of George Washington at the Paramount still department. When the picture went to an executive’s office he scrawled across it, ‘Please identify.’ It went back to him with this caption: ‘Bob Hope and friend.’ ”

From July Screenland magazine: “Gloria Swanson, peacock feathers and all, are back in Hollywood again. The first day on the RKO lot, her producer asked her if there was anyone in particular she would like to meet.

‘Yes,’ said Gloria quickly, ‘My favorite actor, Bob Hope.’ ”

See, I’m not the only one!

Dear Diary,

Today Hedda Hopper said that Paramount ust consider Bob Hope quadruplets, because he had four (eight, as I count) new pictures coming up almost at once.

I went on a skating party today. We almost didn’t make it because of the rain, but is slacked up and we had a swell time.

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.”

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,

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,

Today Hedda Hopper shattered my dreams. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were going to go on a golf tour over the country and would have come to Dallas. That’s where Hedda Hopper comes in. Today she said, “The golf tour planned by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, which would have taken them to Dallas and Ft. Worth and to a match with the Duke of Windsor in Florida, was called off five minutes ago because Bing has to report for work on a new picture.” I have one consolation though. I found out in the morning paper that Paramount had succeeded in buying the screen rights to “Louisiana Purchase” and that Bob Hope had been assigned the leading role.

Dear Diary,

There were two things in the paper today about Bob Hope. In the Herald it said that Paramount is trying to buy the Broadway hit “Louisiana Purchase”, and if they do, Bob Hope will be in it.

In the Journal there was an article about two Texas hat manufacturers going to Hollywood to make some hats for the stars. They wrote back to Dallas and said that in Hollywood, as well as anywhere else, you can tell a man by his hats. The paper said that the boys reported that the wide brims worn by Bob Hope denote generosity. (they’re telling me!)