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Thanks for the Memory (film)

Thanks for the Memory
Lobby card featuring stars Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in a posed production still
Directed byGeorge Archainbaud
Written byLynn Starling
Frances Goodrich (play)
Albert Hackett (play)
Produced byMel Shauer
StarringBob Hope
Shirley Ross
Charles Butterworth
Otto Kruger
Hedda Hopper
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byAlma Macrorie
Music byCharles Bradshaw (uncredited)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1938 (1938)
Running time
75 min.
CountryUnited States

Thanks for the Memory is a 1938 film directed by George Archainbaud and starring Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. The picture was adapted from the play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The film is a remake of Up Pops the Devil (1931) starring Carole Lombard and Norman Foster. The titular song, "Thanks for the Memory", remained Bob Hope's theme song for the rest of his unprecedentedly long and successful career.


The film represented Paramount Pictures' attempt to capitalize on the overwhelmingly positive response to the Oscar winning song, "Thanks for the Memory,"[1] as performed by Hope and Ross in The Big Broadcast of 1938, released by the studio earlier the same year.[2] The film plot, based on a 1930 stage play Up Pops the Devil by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett[3][4] (previously filmed by Paramount in 1931, with Norman Foster and Carole Lombard) dealt with an out of work writer who stays home and plays house husband while his wife goes to work for her former fiancé.[5] The film features another popular song, "Two Sleepy People", which is again performed by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross and is often regarded as the companion to its predecessor, "Thanks for the Memory".



  1. ^ The Big Broadcast of 1938 (film), "Awards" at IMDb
  2. ^ "Song Inspires Film". The Age. January 7, 1939. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ Monahan, Kaspar. "Two Screen Comedies on Warner Bill: Bob Hope and Shirley Ross Shine in Adaptation of Stage Hit". The Pittsburgh Press. January 14, 1949. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ "Up Pops the Devil". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  5. ^ "Bob Hope Stars as 'Househusband'". The Spokane Daily Chronicle. January 3, 1939. Retrieved 2014-02-07.

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