The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show - Special Guest Is Al Jolson (04-08-47)

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Special Guest Is Al Jolson (Aired April 8, 1947)
After five years on the Vaudeville circuit, by his own account Hope was surprised and humbled when he and his partner Grace Louise Troxell failed a 1930 screen test for Pathé at Culver City, California. (Hope had been on the screen in small parts, 1927's The Sidewalks of New York and 1928's Smiles. Hope returned to New York City and subsequently appeared in several Broadway musicals including Roberta, Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies, and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Merman. His performances were generally well-received and critics noted his keen sense of comedic timing. THIS EPISODE: April 8, 1947. "Special Guest Is Al Jolson" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Pepsodent ("Giving Away Four Chevrolets Every Seven Days" contest). 10:00 P. M. The broadcast originates from The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood. Bob and guest Al Jolson remember how they first met in Cleveland, many years ago. Jolson sings, "California, Here I Come" and "Always." Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, Al Jolson, Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra, Wendell Niles (announcer), Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Norman Sullivan (writer), Fred Williams (writer), Larry Kline (writer), Paul Laven (writer), Ray Allen (writer), Fred Fox (writer), Roger Price (writer), Chet Castellaw (writer), Glenn Wheaton (writer), Harold Goodman (writer), Hendrix Voellaris (writer), Bob Stephenson (producer, director). 32:28. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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