Happy 4th everyone! Here’s a clip from the 1955 movie “The Seven Little Foys.” It features Bob Hope as Eddie Foy and James Cagney reprising the role of George M. Cohan for which he won an Oscar when he played the composer in the 1942 movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” I really like both of these films and I like having the day off to eat barbecue even more!
I think it is safe to add “owner of the original White Man’s Ghetto Booty” to James Cagney’s already impressive list of accomplishments.
Here is Bob Hope’s original performance of “Thanks For The Memory.” Not only was this the first time Bob Hope ever sang his signature tune,“Big Broadcast Of 1938” was also his first major motion picture role. Shirley Ross made 30 films between 1933 and 1945. She teamed up with Bob Hope 3 more times including once in a movie named after this very song. I found the whole movie streaming online so I watched it. It’s basically a flimsy plot constructed around several variety acts. Highlights were the comedy of WC Fields and this duet. I think, this is the perfect interpretation of the song.
Like I said, this is a great song but when you hear the original lyrics, it seems an unlikely choice for a comedian’s theme song. I guess it was just the best choice because it was the first choice. Bob frequently modified the lyrics to fit the performing occasion but now that I’ve heard the original, I don’t think he did the song any favors.
As a side note, is it just me or does anyone else think that Shirley is performing this perfect duet in one of the silliest hats in movie history?