BOB HOPE-JOYS

1969

1973

The 1974 Las Vegas Entertainment Awards hosted by BOB HOPE, with guest stars Marty Allen, Paul Anka, Ann Margret, Carol Channing, Charo, Roy Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mitzi Gaynor, Bobbie Gentry, Robert Goulet, Shecky Greene, Alan King, Rich Little, Wayne Newton, Juliet Prowse, Les Brown, with Lisa Minelli.. in color...all the glamour! Adverts: BF Goodrich...MR.Coffee...Christopher Reeve displaying shirts for JC Penney approx 1 hour...great show!

Marty Allen and Charo present Foster Brooks with an award.

MARCH 5th 1976 VHS VIDEO THE BOB HOPE SPECIAL - 90 MINUTE SPECIAL, 'JOYS'..... BOUGHT TO YOU BY TEXACO (advertiser) GUEST STARS; DON ADAMS, JACK ALBERTSON, MARTY ALLEN, STEVE ALLEN, DEZI ARNEZ, BILLY BARTIE, RONA BARRATT, MILTON BERLE, FOSTER BROOKS, LES BROWN, GEORGE BURNS, RED BUTTONS, PAT BOUTRAN, JOHN BYNER, SAMMY CAAN, GLEN CAMPBELL, JACK CARTER, BILL DANA, JERRY COLONA, ANGIE DICKENSON, PHYLIS DILLER, MIKE CONNERS, VINCENT PRICE, CHARYL,SCATMAN CRUTHERS, JAMIE FARR, GEORGE GLOBEL, DAVID JANSEN, JIM HUTTON, ARTY JOHNSON, DON KNOTTS, ALAN KING, GEORGE KIRBY, JIMMY WALKER, HARRY RITZ, PHIL SILVERS, LARRY STORCH, ABE BAGODA, MIKE MURRAY, DEAN MARTIN, GROUCHO MARX, JAN MURRAY, WAYNE NEWTON, FREDDY PRINZ, DON RICKLES, TELLY SAVALAS.

Freddie, Jack Albertson, Scatman Crothers, and Charo, appeared in Texaco presents Bob Hope in "Joys" (A Comedy Whodunit) broadcast by NBC on March 5, 1976 and claiming to feature the biggest collection of comedians ever assembled for one television show.

The ninety-minute special also featured Don Adams, Marty Allen, Steve Allen, Desi Arnaz, Rona Barrett, Billy Barty, Milton Berle, Foster Brooks, George Burns, Red Buttons, Pat Buttram, John Byner, Sid Caesar, Sammy Cahn, Glen Campbell, Jack Carter, Jerry Colonna, Mike Connors, Bill Dana, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Jamie Farr, George Gobel, Jim Hutton, David Janssen, Alan King, George Kirby, Don Knotts, Fred MacMurray, Dean Martin, Groucho Marx, Jan Murray, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Harry Ritz, Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers, Larry Storch, Abe Vigoda, Jimmie Walker, and Flip Wilson.

The "plot" goes like this, a human shark (Jaws was hot in 1976) is devouring comedians assembled at Bob's house for a party. Hope enlists the help of TV detectives Mannix, Police Woman, Kojak, Ellery Queen, Fish and Harry O to solve the mystery. Mostly it was just a set-up for one-liners traded back and forth between the celebs, shot wherever and whenever producer Hal Kanter (Julia, All in the Family) could corral whatever stars he could get.

The show itself was (of course), a total mess - one scene after another of Bob Hope walking up to another Hollywood celebrity. "Surprised" to see him/her, they trade barbs (or plugs) and the guest disappears, then on to the next guest.