Want to know the best Bob Hope movies? How about the worst Bob Hope movies? Curious about Bob Hope’s box office grosses or which Bob Hope movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Bob Hope movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which one got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Back in 2011 I wrote a movie page that ranked Bing Crosby’s movies. At the time I got numerous requests to do a Bob Hope page. Well 4 years later….I am happy to report that I finally have a Bob Hope movie page written….sorry for the delay. Bob Hope (1903-2003) was one of the greatest entertainers ever! During his almost 80 year career….he did it all! Movie star….check. Television star…..check. Best selling author…..check. Popular singer…..check. Accomplished dancer……check. Stand up comedian……check. Oscar® host….check. This page is only going to look at his impressive movie career.
His IMDb page shows 94 acting credits from 1934-1994. This page will rank 53 Bob Hope movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. His 6 cameo roles, his 10 shorts and 15 television credits were not included in the rankings. After the massive Hope table is a section of possibly interesting facts about Bob Hope.
Bob Hope Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort by Bob Hope’s co-stars of his movies.
- Sort Bob Hope movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
- Sort Bob Hope movies by their yearly box office rank
- Sort Bob Hope movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Bob Hope movie received.
- Sort Bob Hope movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Road to Utopia (1945)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$309.90||4th of 1946||82.33%||01 / 00||70.10|
|Road to Morocco (1942)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$332.20||4th of 1942||80.67%||02 / 00||69.71|
|Road to Rio (1947)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$277.10||7th of 1947||80.67%||01 / 00||69.31|
|My Favorite Blonde (1942)||Madeline Carroll||$207.60||13th of 1942||79.50%||00 / 00||68.36|
|Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)||Joan Caulfield||$227.80||26th of 1946||75.00%||00 / 00||66.25|
|Paleface, The (1948)||Jane Russell||$194.10||13th of 1948||74.00%||01 / 01||65.87|
|Princess and The Pirate, The (1944)||Virginia Mayo||$165.70||40th of 1944||77.50%||02 / 00||62.90|
|Louisana Purchase (1941)||Viva Zorina||$267.10||10th of 1942||65.50%||02 / 00||62.58|
|My Favorite Brunette (1947)||Dorothy Lamour||$190.90||31st of 1947||70.00%||00 / 00||62.49|
|Caught In The Draft (1941)||Dorothy Lamour||$213.70||7th of 1941||65.00%||00 / 00||61.55|
|Sorrowful Jones (1949)||Lucille Ball||$185.20||12th of 1949||69.50%||00 / 00||61.37|
|Cat and the Canary, The (1939)||Paulette Goddard||$180.50||25th of 1940||71.00%||00 / 00||61.35|
|Casanova's Big Night (1954)||Joan Fontaine||$157.10||29th of 1954||74.50%||00 / 00||59.37|
|Road to Singapore (1940)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$141.90||18th of 1940||79.33%||00 / 00||59.28|
|Son Of Paleface (1952)||Jane Russell||$144.80||9th of 1952||77.50%||01 / 00||59.26|
|Lemon Drop Kid, The (1951)||Lloyd Nolan||$159.00||28th of 1951||73.00%||00 / 00||58.95|
|Seven Little Foys, The (1955)||James Cagney||$185.30||24th of 1955||63.00%||01 / 00||58.73|
|Great Lover, The (1949)||Rhonda Fleming||$179.70||14th of 1949||65.50%||00 / 00||58.63|
|Ghost Breakers, The (1940)||Paulette Goddard||$137.60||21st of 1940||78.00%||00 / 00||57.99|
|Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)||Betty Hutton & Alan Ladd||$240.90||6th of 1942||55.50%||02 / 00||57.88|
|Road to Zanzibar (1941)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$128.00||41st of 1941||78.67%||00 / 00||56.81|
|Where There's Life (1947)||William Bendix||$184.70||35th of 1947||59.00%||00 / 00||56.36|
|Big Broadcast of 1938, The (1938)||W.C. Fields||$162.40||26th of 1938||63.50%||01 / 01||56.01|
|Fancy Pants (1950)||Lucille Ball||$130.50||20th of 1950||70.50%||00 / 00||53.37|
|Facts of Life, The (1960)||Lucille Ball||$111.70||21st of 1960||64.50%||05 / 01||51.48|
|My Favorite Spy (1951)||Hedy Lamarr||$125.20||28th of 1952||66.50%||00 / 00||50.67|
|Road to Bali (1952)||Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour||$127.70||21st of 1953||65.50%||00 / 00||50.57|
|They Got Me Covered (1943)||Dorothy Lamour||$175.10||56th of 1943||43.50%||00 / 00||47.58|
|Beau James (1957)||Vera Miles||$75.30||41st of 1957||74.00%||00 / 00||46.45|
|Nothing But The Truth (1941)||Paulette Goddard||$122.20||43rd of 1941||58.00%||00 / 00||46.20|
|Off Limits (1952)||Mickey Rooney||$106.40||32nd of 1953||59.00%||00 / 00||44.22|
|Let's Face It (1943)||Betty Hutton||$96.30||81st of 1943||54.00%||00 / 00||40.31|
|College Swing (1938)||George Burns||$65.60||76th of 1938||63.50%||00 / 00||40.01|
|Eight on the Lam (1967)||Jill St. John||$54.10||29th of 1967||66.50%||00 / 00||39.65|
|Thanks For The Memory (1938)||Shirley Ross||$78.10||112th of 1938||58.50%||00 / 00||39.60|
|Never Say Die (1939)||Martha Raye||$45.20||73rd of 1939||68.50%||00 / 00||39.21|
|Road to Hong Kong (1962)||Bing Crosby & Joan Collins||$83.50||34th of 1962||55.00%||00 / 00||38.79|
|Bachelor in Paradise (1961)||Lana Turner||$76.50||32nd of 1961||53.00%||00 / 00||38.02|
|Give Me A Sailor (1938)||Betty Grable||$53.10||88th of 1938||62.50%||00 / 00||37.61|
|Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell, The (1968)||Gina Lollobrigida||$44.10||49th of 1968||63.00%||00 / 00||36.45|
|Alias Jesse James (1959)||Rhonda Fleming||$70.30||47th of 1959||51.50%||00 / 00||35.10|
|Boy Did I Get A Wrong Number (1966)||Elke Sommer||$79.10||21st of 1966||48.00%||00 / 00||34.82|
|That Certain Feeling (1956)||Eva Marie Saint||$43.80||Not in Top 109||58.50%||00 / 00||34.28|
|Some Like It Hot (1939)||Shirley Ross||$27.10||81st of 1939||64.00%||00 / 00||34.28|
|Iron Petticoat, The (1957)||Katharine Hepburn||$55.90||78th of 1957||53.50%||00 / 00||33.80|
|Call Me Bwana (1963)||Anita Ekberg||$54.60||49th of 1963||48.50%||00 / 00||31.26|
|Paris Holiday (1958)||Preston Sturges||$60.20||56th of 1958||45.50%||00 / 00||30.71|
|Here Come The Girls (1953)||Rosemary Clooney||$85.20||55th of 1954||35.50%||00 / 00||29.89|
|Critic's Choice (1963)||Lucille Ball||$33.60||69th of 1963||50.50%||00 / 00||28.95|
|How To Commit Marriage (1969)||Jackie Gleason||$17.00||115th of 1969||55.00%||00 / 00||28.49|
|I'll Take Sweden (1965)||Tuesday Weld||$30.70||64th of 1965||42.00%||00 / 00||24.50|
|Global Affair, A (1964)||Liselotte Puliver||$25.60||91st of 1964||39.00%||00 / 00||22.30|
|Cancel My Reservation (1972)||Eva Marie Saint||$15.00||120th of 1972||33.00%||00 / 00||17.84|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Bob Hope Table
- Thirty Bob Hope movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 56.60% of his movies listed. Road to Morocco (1942) was his biggest box office hit.
- An average Bob Hope movie earned $127.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 32 of Bob Hope’s movies are rated as good movies…or 60.37% of his movies. Road to Utopia (1945) was his highest rated movie while Cancel My Reservation (1972) was his lowest rated movie.
- Ten Bob Hope movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 18.86% of his movies.
- Three Bob Hope’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.66% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 33 Bob Hope movies scored higher that average….or 62.26% of his movies. Road to Utopia (1942) got the the highest UMR Score while Cancel My Reservation (1972) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Bob Hope
1. Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was born in Eltham, London on May 29th,1903. He was the 5th of 7 sons.
2. Bob Hope’s path to stardom. His family left London and settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1905. After working as a butcher, Hope decided to try a career in entertainment. While performing in 1925, Hope was spotted by silent film star, Fatty Arbuckle. Arbuckle helped Hope get higher profile work. By 1934 Hope was performing on the radio. In 1935 he started appearing in some movie shorts…which eventually got him a role in The Big Broadcast of 1938. His performance in that movie was singled out and Hope never looked back.
3. In 1939 Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards® ceremony. He ended up hosting the ceremony fourteen times between 1939 and 1977.
4. Bob Hope was never nominated for an Oscar®. The Academy did give Hope an incredible 5 Honorary Oscars®. He got Honorary Oscars® in 1940, 1944, 1952, 1959 and 1965. Bob Hope did pick up two Best Actor Golden Globe® nominations for 1960’s The Facts of Life and 1961’s Bachelor in Paradise.
5. Bob Hope and the USO (United Service Organizations). Bob Hope entertained active service American military personnel from 1941 to 1991. He made 57 tours for the USO. Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces in 1997 by an act of Congress.
6. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made a series of “Road To” movies. From 1940 (Road to Singapore) to 1962 (Road To Hong Kong) they made 7 “Road To” movies. The combined adjusted box office gross for the 7 movies is over 1 BILLION dollars.
7. Bob Hope was married two times. He was married to Grace Louise Troxell from 1933 to 1934. He married Dolores Reade in 1934. He and Dolores were married 69 years. They adopted four children. Hope passed away at age 100….while Dolores passed away at age 102.
8. Bob Hope movies that never happened: 1. Cary Grant role in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)…Paramount would not loan him out. 2. Hope turned down Cary Grant role in Operation Petticoat (1959). 3. Guys and Dolls (1955) was supposed to be another Hope/Crosby movie….instead it turned to be a Marlon Brando/Frank Sinatra movie. 4. The Road to the Fountain of Youth….was going to be the 8th “Road To” movie…was in pre-production stages when Bing Crosby passed away.
9. When I write a page on a classic actor….I usually end up reading lots of books on that classic performer as I try to track down elusive box office information. Normally these books end up not being too helpful. Well I am happy to say that the book, Hope (2014) by Richard Zoglin, is an exception to that rule. Zoglin’s Hope is a great read filled with lots of informative and interesting information on Hope’s career and life…not to mention some nice box office nuggets. I think any Bob Hope fan will really enjoy reading the Zoglin book on Bob Hope.
10. Bob Hope and “Thanks For The Memories”. In the 1938 movie The Big Broadcast of 1938, Bob Hope sang “Thanks For The Memories”….the song won an Oscar®. To capitalize on the success of the song, Paramount named the next Hope movie….Thanks For The Memories (1938). The song would become Hope’s theme song for the rest of his life.. I can not think of a better way to end this page other than to say Thanks For The Memories Mr. Hope.
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