Bob “Camp Hahn” Hope tries out a couple different openings for this rehearsal preview. He tells about his big reception to the base. Located in the desert, jokes about the heat are added to those on KP, military life, artillery, and more. Bob jokes about the draft, doctors, physical exams, Skinny Ennis, and even Valentinees day gets in the mix.
Francis Langford sings, Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover. Bob recaps his reception to the base, and Francis shares secrets about what the officers really think of him.
. What does she think of Bob’s physique? Betty Hutton joins the fun to talk about being on base. The girls talk about their dates at the dance. Bob claims to have been in the military, and the girls try to guess his rank. The topic of Valentines returns.
Bob puts on a sketch where he’s a young soldier who calls on Betty. He brings gifts of broccoli and is looking good in his new haircut. Priorities, and shortages make the jokes. Dating, food, necking, are topics. Contrast that scene with one of an old soldier, calling on his long time gal, Francis. The creaky old couple sit in their rocking chairs, and talk about old times. Will the oldsters get a little frisky? Betty Hutton sings, Big Foot Pete.
Turning to another page in the life of Bob Hope, jokes about family, joining the Army, military discipline, and life in the field. Machine guns, craps games, maneuvers, inspections, and more get the sketch kicked off. Skinny Ennis joins the jokes about military life. Jerry Colonna is one of the toughest officers in the Army, and throws his weight around with Bob and Skinny. The men get ready to march as they train. Will the guys get lost in the woods? Will the guys ever get back?
PS: Bob was never in the military.