News announcement: December 26, 1961.
The 24th annual Academy Awards will be televised and broadcast over the television and radio facilities of the American Broadcasting Company from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Hope's selection as master of ceremonies marks the third successive year he has been its sole master of ceremonies and the 10th time the comedian has taken the Emcees role for the presentation since 1939.
Bob Hope appears on Here's Hollywood December 26th 1961 and talks about his annual Christmas tour of American military bases overseas.
Bob Hope is a guest on Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium on September 10th, 1961.
Bob Hope appears in DuPont Show of the Week episode "USO: Wherever They Go!" on October 8th, 1961.
The World of Bob Hope aired on October 29, 1961. Alexander Scourby narrates the first in a series of shows about prominent Americans.
Bob Hope stars in the film "Bachelor in Paradise" released November 1, 1961.
Bob Hope is a guest on "Bing Crosby in London Special" on December 11th, 1961.
(Last night Bob explained it was the first show of the season for him.)
Bob Hope: Welcome to the late, late start. (He was on for Revlon instead of Buick.) In September I underwent surgery and had a sponsor removed from my back.
At one-liners Bob Hope probably has no peer. Like when he got back from England (and this wasn't on his show) and talked about how New York had changed. "I took a cab in from Idlewild and Carmine de Sapio was driving."
Bob Hope's season premiere had all the stock ingredients for success; 12 Hollywood deb stars, some college Bowl queens. Look's All-American football team, topical sketches and oneliners.