Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938. His rapid-fire gags and ad-libs made him one of the most popular entertainers on the airwaves, especially during World War II when he toured the nation’s military bases and made a half-dozen overseas trips to entertain the troops.
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