• Short Summary

    AMERICAN COMEDIAN BOB HOPE ENTERTAINED 30,000 SOLDIERS AT LONG BINH, 15 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON, YESTERDAY (SUN).

  • Description

    AMERICAN COMEDIAN BOB HOPE ENTERTAINED 30,000 SOLDIERS AT LONG BINH, 15 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON, YESTERDAY (SUN). IT WAS HIS FIFTH CHRISTMAS TOUR OF VIETNAM WITH A BUMPER SHOW OF 19 BEAUTIFUL GIRLS AND A PLEA TO END THE WAR.

    PRESENT WERE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR ELLSWORTH BUNKER AND COMMANDER OF AMERICAN FORCES IN VIETNAM, GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS.

    BOB HOPE AND 57 OTHERS OF HIS TOURING PARTY -- INCLUDING 19-YEAR-OLD "MISS WORLD" PENELOPE PLUMMER, OF AUSTRALIA, AND FILM STAR ANN-MARGARET -- HAD LIMPED INTO VIETNAM EARLIER IN THE DAY IN A PLANE WITH ONE ENGINE OUT OF ACTION.

    THEIR FOUR-ENGINED C-130 TRANSPORT WAS 300 MILES OUT FROM BANGKOK WHEN A PORT ENGINE STOPPED.

    ON THE VIETNAM WAR, HE SAID "I WISH WE COULD END THE WAR. I PRAY SOMETHING WILL COME OUT OF THE PARIS PEACE TALKS."
    HALF AN HOUR AFTER LANDING, BOB HOPE WAS CALMLY ROLLING OUT GAG AFTER GAG TO THE TROOPS.

    (WHILE THE SHOW WAS ON, AN EXTRA AMERICAN BATTALION SWEPT THE CAMP PERIMETER IN CASE OF A VIETCONG ATTACK WHILE FOUR ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS STOOD BY ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE AMPHITHEATRE AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS FLEW OVERHEAD).

    BOB HOPE, WHO IS SPENDING HIS 18TH CHRISTMAS ABROAD ENTERTAINING SERVICEMEN, EXPECTS TO GIVE NINE SHOWS FOR THE TROOPS IN VIETNAM DURING THE NEXT FIVE DAYS.

    AT THE END OF THE SHOW, GEN. ABRAMS PRESENTED HIM WITH THE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL FOR ENTERTAINING TROOPS ABROAD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACL54GYQP5GM0COB8S6EGOOIKG
    Media URN:
    VLVACL54GYQP5GM0COB8S6EGOOIKG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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