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  • Bob Hope gets little thanks for all the memories
    Bob Hope gets little thanks for all the memories

    To the boomer generation, seeing Bob Hope on TV or in the movies was like spending time with cranky relatives. Sure, there were a lot of great memories — the World War II shows, the "Road" movies with Bing Crosby — but it also was a little stale, and the jokes, well, they were...

  • Four ways Bob Hope conquered the entertainment world
    Four ways Bob Hope conquered the entertainment world

    Bob Hope was a consummate entertainer — a pioneering comedian who navigated an ever-changing media landscape, endured for decades and still found time to entertain thousands of troops in far-flung locales. Eleven years after his death, Hope still stands as a spiritual ancestor to...

  • Peggy Lee seduced millions with her sultry, sophisticated purr
    Peggy Lee seduced millions with her sultry, sophisticated purr

    In 1957, singer Peggy Lee recorded the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II tune "The Folks Who Live on the Hill." Though others had performed the song too, Lee's soulful interpretation of the dreamy lyrics connected with audiences.

  • Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies released on DVD
    Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies released on DVD

    For 10 years starting in 1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the hottest comedy team in the U.S. They first conquered nightclubs with their frenetic, freewheeling comedy-music act and even appeared on the first installment of "The Toast of the Town," which later became "The Ed Sullivan...

  • Reconnecting with 'The Shawshank Redemption'
    Reconnecting with 'The Shawshank Redemption'

    Some films, such as the Oscar-winning 1939 Civil War epic "Gone With the Wind," resonate with audiences on release, but others, such as Frank Capra's 1946 yuletide tale "It's a Wonderful Life," take time to become part of the cultural lexicon.

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