Bob Hope has been many places...and Moscow these days is seeing many foreigners arrive. But?
DEAD PAN RUSSIAN LOOK ON
PORTERS CARRYING LUGGAGE
RUSSIAN WOMEN WITH KERCHIEFS WATCHING
CU-HOPE COMMENTS TO NEIGHBOUR
HOPE WITH SMUG EXPRESSION
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Background: Bob Hope has been many places...and Moscow these days is seeing many foreigners arrive. But both went through a new experience the other day when they met for the first time.
Hope arrived in Moscow on Monday. It was bitter cold when he left the Soviet TU-104 Jet transport. There was snow on the ground. The welcoming reception was as cold as the weather. No crowds...not even a red carpet of welcome. Hope's comment: "We're here...now let's go home."
The Russians gave him the dead-pan treatment. Hope responded by trying to keep warm. He said: I have no language trouble. No one speaks to me.
Have many tuxes---will travel. The white-aproned Russian porters brought his luggage to the Custom's counter...leaving the Comedian to puzzle his way through the usual customs forms. In Russia they do not call this red tape.
Then Hope went to a fashion show...at Gun's Departments store in Red Square. To show the West they are keeping up with us...the Russians showed off their sack dresses.
Hope's comment: That's a sack. It looks like they just took the potatoes out." This managed to get by the Russian censors.
Actually-Hope's reactions were like those of many American male. The Russians did not see to re-act. After all-the sack dresses are in a state creation...and in Russia...one does not criticize the state.