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The Movie That Closed Radio City Music Hall


This was the last feature presented on a daily basis at the great Music Hall in New York City. There was something like a dozen people in the theatre watching this movie on its last day. (I was one of them). It's a very sad ending to Hope's movie career. There's a very funny account of the making(or unmaking) of this movie in Arthur Marx's biography of Hope.

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I LOVED IT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS THE ONE-LINERS WERE HILARIOUS

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-also one of my faves from Mr.Hope ...

...thanks for the memories....

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Just watching it now on TV

First scene: police asking Bob Hope questions

Cop:Age?
Hope:42 (wtf!!!)
Cop:sex
Hope:yes
Cop:sex? (In case we didn't get it the first time)
Hope:Yes!!!

Groan :(

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Here's how I would re-write that dialogue:

Cop.....Age?
Hope....Forty-something-ish (Hope rolls eyes)
Cop.....Sex?
Hope....Whenever the wife deems me worthy.
....or..Whenever the wife grants that I'm worthy.
Cop.....Sex? (In case we didn't get it the first time)
Hope....What do you want, my log book?

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That's not true, Radio City Music Hall regularly show movies with a rockettes stage show till 1978. I went to what was suppose to be the last regular film at the Music Hall, their Easter Show, "Crossed Swords". That run was actually successful enough that the Hall remained open with regular films till like summer and then it finally closed as a regular theater. Films that I saw at the Music Hall after "Cancel My Reservation" included a reissue of "Mary Poppins" in the early Summer of 1973, "The Sunshine Boys" which was the Christmas show of 1975, "Swashbuckler" which played there in August of 1976, which played right after their July presentation of "Harry And Walter Go To New York". Then my last trip to a regular show at the Music Hall was "Crossed Swords". Boy was it crowded that day.

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"The Promise" was the last regular-run film at Radio City - 1980.

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Bob Hope mentioned the Music Hall when he was plugging this movie on the Dick Cavett show. Its on one of the Dick Cavett DVDs.

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