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Bob Hope’s Christmas TV Special (1971-1972)

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Bob Hope Christmas Show: Around the world in 15 days

Special: Hope’s 21st Christmas tour for the overseas troops.

Hope took his troupe to bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Okinawa, Thailand, South Vietnam, Spain and Guantanamo, Cuba — and made headlines with a surprise stop in Laos, where he unveiled his personal plan to arrange the release of POWs held by North Vietnam.

Bob entertained US embassy personnel in Laos; scenes from the event could turn up in tonight’s show, which was being edited at press time.

On the bill: Jim Nabors; Jill St John; Don Ho; Charley Pride; Sunday’s Child; astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr.; Oakland Athletics pitching ace Vida Blue; the roller-skating Blue Streaks, Brucene Smith, US entrant in the Miss World contest; the singing-dancing Deb Stars; and the Les Brown band. (90 min.)

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