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TV, radio specials honor Bob Hope

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Within a few hours of word of Bob Hope's death, television networks were clearing their schedules for movie festivals and other tributes.

Turner Classic Movies and AMC have planned movie marathons for tomorrow.

AMC's opens at 7:10 a.m. with its 1998 original special "Bob Hope: Road to the Top," featuring interviews with several co-stars, writers and producers. It is followed by "How to Commit Marriage" (1969) at 8:10 a.m., "Paris Holiday" (1957) at 10:05 a.m., "Road to Bali" (1953) at 12:15 p.m., "The Seven Little Foys" (1955) at 2:10 p.m., "Son of Paleface" (1952) at 4:05 p.m. and "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" (1968) at 6:05 p.m.

TCM has slated "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962) at 11 a.m., followed by "A Global Affair" (1964) at 1 p.m., "Call Me Bwana" (1963) at 2:30 p.m., "I'll Take Sweden" (1965) at 4:15 p.m. and "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961) at 6 p.m.

Locally, WQED-TV will air "Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter" at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Hope, who died of pneumonia Sunday at age 100, also was one of radio's biggest stars, and that medium, too, will pay tribute.

WDUQ-FM (90.5) will carry NPR's "Remembering Bob Hope" at 8 p.m. Saturday. The one-hour program, hosted by Susan Stamberg, will feature interviews with Hope and his writers, plus excerpts from comedy routines and films.

-- From staff and wire reports

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