(Kansas City, Missouri) - He was a comedian, a humanitarian, a golf enthusiast. But the resume of funnyman Bob Hope boasted at least one other notable entry: actor.
Hope appeared in six dozen feature films over a professional career that stretched more than 60 years, most often playing the part of the brash, blustering coward. Among them were seven signature "Road to ..." pictures co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour and others such as Sorrowful Jones that demonstrated his acting range.
The Library offers four of Hope's movies—curated by Time magazine theater critic and Kansas City native Richard Zoglin—on Sundays in June at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Each screening begins at 1:30 p.m.
The series complements Zoglin's discussion of his new biography Hope: Entertainer of the Century on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Plaza Branch.
The film lineup:
• June 7: Road to Utopia (1946; NR). Probably the craziest of the Road pictures.
• June 14: My Favorite Blonde (1942; NR). One of the best early looks at Hope's brash coward character.
• June 21: The Seven Little Foys (1955; NR). One of Hope's best later films and a perfect choice for Father's Day.
• June 28: Sorrowful Jones (1949; NR). A Damon Runyan comedy that showcases the comedian's acting range.
Admission is free.