Thursday, December 24, 2009

Back By Popular Demand

Apparently there’s a whole lotta love for Bob Hope out there. On Monday I posted this video from the actor’s Christmas Show from Bermuda—a one-hour holiday special filmed with friends Dixie Carter, Loni Anderson and Joan Van Ark in 1990. In it he and Dixie sing their way down festively-lit Front Street, no doubt a sweet and endearing moment, but who knew it would cause such a stir? A few emails and as many Tweets later I’ve caved to reader demand. That’s right folks, welcome to Part Two of Bob Hope’s Christmas Show from Bermuda. Fair warning: Today being Christmas Eve, there’s nothing terribly Christmas-y about the clip, but it is pretty amusing, especially if you know anything about Bermuda or its history. In the skit—filmed on picturesque Horseshoe Bay beach—Bob and friends reenact the fateful arrival of Sir George Somers in 1609. It’s classic Hope, filled with one-liners, double entendre and clever word play. Like this:

Sir George Somers (Bob Hope): Is there anyone around here besides you?

Princess Lydia (Loni Anderson): Well, just an Indian tribe. They’re called the Hellawi Tribe.

Stranded Settler (Joan Van Ark): How do they know where we are?

Princess Lydia (Loni Anderson): They don’t even know where they are. They just run around and say, ‘Where the Hellawi?”

You can thank me later.

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