The president recounts America’s involvement in past foreign wars to protect domestic freedom. From the wars in the first 25 years as a nation, for 99 years no foreign lands were a threat. He claims the first world war constituted a small threat, but the peace that came has led to the current unrest. The safety for the future of our democracy is now being threatened from countries that are at war.
It is immature and untrue that America will stand still when liberties are at stake. Modern warfare could bring dangers to the Homefront. It isn’t implausible to have troops land on our shores. The first phase will be from secret agents, and their dupes.
The president calls for responsibility, and accountability in defending the dignity of foreign nations. Our national power exists, due to our national defense. He calls for the full support of military to keep war away from this hemisphere
Enduring peace cannot come about at the cost of other people’s freedom. Goals in defense are being made, but more progress needs to be made. The greatest difficulty is in building new factories. New needs require new funding.
The call is to act as an arsenal for warring nations as well as for ourselves. In ability to pay is no reason to surrender. A loan is proposed to allow giving arms to those who need them, to be repaid later. Supplying arms buys time for our own defense. the president pledges to supply ships, tanks, planes, guns, and aid to democracies who resist dictatorship
Dictators won’t wait for an act of war. Our future depends on how fast we can come through. Defense takes priority of national need. Slackers or troublemakers should be shamed. Fighting men, and defense workers take priority,.
Equality in jobs, and standard of living are proposed with a call to have more people under old age pensions, medical care, and unemployment insurance. Funded from taxes. . Congress is to hold a higher standard, while the individual should place Patriotism over pocketbooks.
- Freedom of speech and expression
- Freedom to worship in each person’s own way.
- From wantFrom poverty, or sickness.
- Freedom from fear. From national aggression.
This future is attainable, one with a moral order, a perpetual peaceful revolution, cooperation of free countries working together, under the guidance of god. Our strength is unity of purpose.
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All the Gook family members have gathered on the front steps, and we find Sade asking when Vic plans to put up the porch swing for the season. It just won’t do to sit around on the front steps like heathens. Rush has his own troubles on his mind. He has the chance to use a hammock, given to him by uncle Fletcher. The only place to put it is in Nicer Scot’s backyard. A problem for both him, and for Sade. Neither get along with the Scott’s.
Even if the situation might work out, Rush outlines the myriad of logistical troubles it will introduce, while Vic and Sade make fun of the ridiculous use of the hammock.
Reading from Luke chapter 2, Orson Wells presents the story of the nativity. Carolers sing as Orson shares traditional features of the holiday. Mistletoe, kisses, holly, Christmas trees, Santa, chimneys, stockings, and worm greetings of good will.
The happy prince was a statue clothed in gold leaf, and beloved by all. Why is he weeping then? A little swallow delays in migrating to take a gem stone to a poor seamstress to help her sickly boy. Other missions are requested of the little swallow, and the prince sends another gem stone. A playwright in need, a girl who sells matches, but will the bird leave the statue of the prince?
The rich make merry, the beggars go hungry, and as the statue of the prince gives himself over to help the poor, the bird has stayed too long to make his migration. What will be the reward for the sacrifice of the prince, and the bird?
To close, Orson gives credit to his cast and crew of the Mercury theater, and they return their holiday greetings. His final sentiment is in a reading of a short poem by GK Chesterton.
Bob “Christmas Tree” Hope jokes about wrapping Christmas gifts, mailing packages, post office lines, and mishaps. Topics also include horse tracks, Finding the perfect Christmas tree, traffic, and Christmas toys. Jerry Colonna joins the jokes on gift giving.
Francis Langford sings, Winter Wonderland. The cast surprise Bob by Having Madeline Carol on the show. Will he be impressed enough to give them better gifts? Christmas themed jokes continue as Bob talks to the popular star from England, Madeline Carol. Skinny Ennis tries his best moves on Madeline. She tells secrets about having Bob as her leading man in their recent picture together. Introduced as, Vitamin B1 with legs, Betty Hutton is on hand to sing, The Toy land Jamboree.
A letter from Bob to Santa is intercepted, and read by the announcer. Get ready for Bob’s Christmas party where his requests will try to be met. Madeline is back to help with the electric toys on his list. Jerry has been sent to buy presents. Betty and Skinny arrive to comment on the tree. Francis is in time to pass out the gifts. Santa arrives, and Bob shares his appreciation for fans of the show. Madeline leads off in song, Silent Night. The cast and audience join in.
Shortly after the turn of the century, Casey has the most important job in the newsroom, to go get the latest story from O Henry. If he doesn’t have one… to see that he has one. Elsewhere, O Henry casually strums a guitar, and tells what his inspiration for his short stories is… people… being honest with the people he writes about. Will he have a story ready for Casey?
Instead, the case of writers block is met with a meal, and drinks. A bracelet, a lonely girl, and the weight of the world get the attention of the writer. Yet another distraction? Or will he shine a ray of hope in Sally’s world? A city of lost children, wandering in their wilderness of pain, seems too big a place for O Henry to find Sally. An elephant charm sends him on the race to find her.
Determined to climb every flight of stairs, and knock on every door, our little team of heroes set out. The search for Sally Blake spans into the wee hours of the morning. Will their worries for her be merited? As day breaks, and the wild night ends, Casey’s job is saved as the typewriter hammers out the story of a life saved by poverty. A suicide prevented over an unpaid gas bill.
Bob “Thanksgiving” Hope jokes about giving you the bird, in this holiday rehearsal show. Topics include food, super markets, inflated prices, restaurants, farms, turkeys, and even Republicans. flubbed jokes mean re-reading lines, sometimes for bigger laughs.
With the Six Hits and a Miss, Francis Langford sings, Magic of Magnolia’s. Bob shows off his charm by bragging the whole cast has asked him to their houses for Thanksgiving. Betty Hutton joins Francis to give Bob a hard time. Betty lays out the hep cat, boogie, jive talk as she talks to Bob. She lists things she’s thankful for., then Francis teases Bob about charging guests to eat his Thanksgiving dinner. The girls learn about the Thanksgivings of fBob’s childhood.
They dramatize a comparison of how the holiday is spent on both sides of the tracks. Francis and Bob discuss wealth, abundance, political connections and all manner of comforts. Random topics include Pinball machines, Superman, and marriage proposals.
On the other side of the tracks, Bob is joined by Betty to discuss their turkey stuffed meal, with plenty of street wise angles. The tough talking duo share about the shady doings of family members, low class manners, Pilgrims and Indians, dodging the draft, and more. Betty Hutton sings, Old Man Mose.
In another chapter in the life of Bob Hope, Bob decides to become a prize fighter. In the gym with Skinny Ennis, they joke about weight training, cows, psych fitness, them mamager Jerry Colonna phones with a fight. The training continues with an electric horse. The first obstacle is convincing his mom. Bob recounts his first amateur fight with a blow by blow account. Jerry is back to say who Bob’s next opponent will be, Gargantua, the famous gorilla from the New York zoo. The day arrives, and the nervous Bob is in his dressing room. Bob needs his confidence built up, but nobody seems to extend much hope for him. The bell rings, and the play by play announcedncing begins. Who will be left standing?
Bob “Opera Season” Hope tries out a couple different openings in this rehearsal show. Jokes lean towards opera, singing in general, and of course dating. Seating in opera houses full of celebrities, formal dress, and flubs that get more laughs than some jokes. More themes include Snootiness, wealth, and extravagance,
Francis Langford is backed up by the Six Hits and a Miss to sing, Yours.
Adolph Menjou, the best dressed man in Hollywood, joins Bob. They cross swords over each others movies. How does Bob’s fashion sense compare to Adolph’s? Tips on improving fashion is shared, even tips on better acting in films, and dating etiquette. Francis Langford and Betty Hutton arrive to meet Adolph. The girls give their opinions of who is the better dresser. Movie kissing scenes are discussed. Betty Hutton is backed up by the Six Hits and a Miss to sing, Old Ghost Train.
Dramatizing the life of Bob Hope, tonight’s chapter deals with discovering vaudeville. Bob is joined by Skinny Ennis to run away for the glamour of show biz. Jokes include tough childhoods, girls, hard times, and dreams of success. Jerry Colonna is their agent. Francis Langford is the girl from back home who begs him to come home again. Are things really so rosy back home? Determined to be a success, Bob and Skinny suffer in their boarding house, with meager meals. Rescued by a job that Jerry found them, the guys head to the theater. Betty Hutton compares notes on show biz acts. Adolph shows up to swap mustache jokes with Jerry. Will their old vaudeville jokes get them into Menjou’s theater?
Bob “Springtime” Hope jokes about his recent visit to Army camps. Topics include how Hollywood starlets deal with spring cleaning, fashions, and weddings. Romance on the beach includes new batheing suit fashions. Skinny Ennis is teased about his swimming prowess, and Bill Goodwin joins the beach related jokes. What about Jerry Kolonna? He relives his impressive dive.
The Six Hits and a Miss sing, Old Rocking Chair. Humphrey Bogart shows off his humorous side. Movies, guns, and tough childhoods get joked about. The famous movie tough guy shares how he relaxes in the garden. Skinny Ennis claims to be from Bogie’s neck of the woods, and the two move the jokes back to dating, and a lesson in kissing. Skinny Ennis sings, Keep Your Thumbs Up.
Bob and Bogey find themselves in jail, discussing their crimes. Soon a prison break is planned, and Bill and Jerry join in the fun. Electric chairs, the third degree, and drunk tanks run the gamut of topics. How does the great escape go? Bob signs off with a different theme song.