The Bob Hope Show

Season 20 Episode 1

September 22, 1969

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 1969 on NBC
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September 22, 1969
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Literally a who's who in the comedy field show up for Bob Hope as he begins his 20th season of Specials on television.

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Twenty one comics with late additions including Huntley and Brinkley, form Bob's select list for this hour, kidding TV censorship, when Hope is fired by the network and begins to organize his craft. Put together like "Laugh-In" to accommodate the cast, Bob battles censor Richard Deacon to start the row, and ends up picketing with the help of George Gobel and Danny Thomas. Tommy Smothers is in on the act, as Bob depicts the effect of censors on moon astronauts Soupy Sales and Jack Carter, football players like Bill Dana, Tarzan Wally Cox and Peyton Place's Constance MacKenzie (Jack E. Leonard in drag). Bulging cast includes Flip Wilson, Pat Paulsen, Nipsey Russell, Johnny Carson, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Jimmy Durante, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Red Buttons, Shecky Greene and Marty Allen.

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