Originally created 05/29/03

As Oscar emcee, Hope loved to sass the stars



During more than 20 appearances on Academy Awards shows from 1939 to 1978 as host, co-host or presenter, Bob Hope loved to tease the stars or joke about his own failure to win a regular Oscar.

Not that he didn't receive honorary Academy Awards over the years. When he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1960, Hope joked that he felt out of place, "like Zsa Zsa Gabor at a PTA meeting."

Some of his other Oscar wisecracks:

- "What a wonderful thing, this benefit for David Selznick." (1940, when Selznick's "Gone With the Wind" won big.)

- "I'm very happy to be here for my annual insult." (1941)

- "How 'bout that air raid Wednesday? That was no air raid, that was John Barrymore coming home from W.C. Fields' house." (1942)

- "All over America, housewives are saying, 'Honey, put on your shirt, Joan Crawford's coming over.' Television - that's where movies go when they die." (1953, the first year the ceremony was telecast)

- "I like to be here in case one of these years they'll have one left over." (1953)

- "How about the pictures this year? Sex, persecution, adultery, cannibalism - we'll get those kids away from the TV sets yet." (1960)

- "This is envy time in the valley and I'm the Jolly Green Emcee." (1965)

- "I never had a chance this year - I can't drink like Lee Marvin, grunt like Rod Steiger, can't enunciate like Sir Laurence Olivier - and when it comes to Richard Burton, I'm really in trouble." (1966)

- "I don't mind losing, but I hate to go home and explain to my kids how the actors I've been sneering at all year beat me out." (1967)

- "Welcome to award night! In my house it's known as Passover." (1968)

- "Welcome to a show dedicated to the proposition that jealousy and envy shall not perish from the Earth." (1970)

- "And I just want to say, what a night - the furs, the jewels, the glamour. Looks like the opening of the Beverly Hills Taco Bell. ... I haven't seen so much expensive jewelry go by since I watched Sammy Davis Jr.'s home sliding down Coldwater Canyon." (1978)

(Sources: "The Best Movie Trivia & Quiz Book Ever" by Malcolm Vance; "Inside Oscar" by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona)

Feature films with Bob Hope:

- "The Big Broadcast of 1938," 1938.

- "College Swing," 1938.

- "Give Me a Sailor," 1938.

- "Thanks for the Memory," 1938.

- "Never Say Die," 1939.

- "Some Like It Hot," 1939.

- "The Cat and the Canary," 1939.

- "Road to Singapore," 1940.

- "The Ghostbreakers," 1940.

- "Caught in the Draft," 1941.

- "Nothing but the Truth," 1941.

- "Road to Zanzibar," 1941.

- "Louisiana Purchase," 1941.

- "My Favorite Blonde," 1942.

- "Road to Morocco," 1942.

- "Star-Spangled Rhythm," 1942.

- "They Got Me Covered," 1943.

- "Let's Face It," 1943.

- "The Princess and the Pirate," 1944.

- "Road to Utopia," 1945.

- "Monsieur Beaucaire," 1946.

- "My Favorite Brunette," 1947.

- "Where There's Life," 1947.

- "Road to Rio," 1948.

- "The Paleface," 1948.

- "Sorrowful Jones," 1949.

- "The Great Lover," 1949.

- "Fancy Pants," 1950.

- "The Lemon Drop Kid," 1951.

- "My Favorite Spy," 1951.

- "Son of Paleface," 1952.

- "Road to Bali," 1953.

- "Off Limits," 1953.

- "Here Come the Girls," 1953.

- "Casanova's Big Night," 1954.

- "The Seven Little Foys," 1955.

- "That Certain Feeling," 1956.

- "The Iron Petticoat," 1956.

- "Beau James," 1957.

- "Paris Holiday," 1958.

- "Alias Jesse James," 1959.

- "The Facts of Life," 1960.

- "Bachelor in Paradise," 1961.

- "Road to Hong Kong," 1962.

- "Critic's Choice," 1963.

- "Call Me Bwana," 1963.

- "A Global Affair," 1964.

- "I'll Take Sweden," 1965.

- "Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number," 1966.

- "Eight on the Lam," 1967.

- "The Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell," 1968.

- "How To Commit Marriage," 1969.

- "Cancel My Reservation," 1972.

- "The Muppet Movie," 1979.

- "Spies Like Us," 1985.



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