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 guess “My Favorite Blonde” is a better picture than I expected, because today Walter Winchell gave it, and Bob Hope, a New Yorchid in his column.

Hedda Hopper said today that Buddy De Sylva is planning a picture whose cast will include every start at Paramount, such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Rochester, etc. That’s something I’ve been wishing someone would do for a long time. I’ll bet there would be little or no trouble getting people inside theaters, since their favorite will probably be in the picture. Hedda Hopper also said that on the set of “The Road to Morocco” the other day there was a call for a chimpanzee and a parrot that does not curse. Frankly I didn’t know there was any such thing.

Dear Diary,

Last September several Dallas columnists commented on how good Bob Hope would be in silent pictures. Today in Hedda Hopper’s column she said: “At Columbia they were speaking of how the talkies ruined so many silent stars, then got to speculating on what would happen if movies went back to the silent days. Director Al Hall believed not over a dozen stars could survive with their pantomime. These included Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Charlie McCarthy, Harpo Marx, Roz Russell, James Cagney, Rochester, Barbara Stanwick, and Jimmy Gleason.”

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.”