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Bob Hope's height is 5ft 10in (178 cm)

American actor and comedian best remembered for roles in The 'Road To' films, The Paleface, My Favorite Blonde, My Favorite Brunette, Star Spangled Rhythm, Nothing But the Truth, Some Like It Hot (1939), The Iron Petticoat, Off Limits and Paris Holiday. On an application form it had his height as 5ft 11.75 and weight 178 pounds.

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Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/14
Nice, thanks, haha a smidge under 6 ft, I don't think so!!
Arch Stanton says on 16/Dec/14
Rob can you update with a photo and add films The Paleface, My Favorite Blonde, My Favorite Brunette, Star Spangled Rhythm, Nothing But the Truth, Some Like It Hot (1939), The Seven Little Foys, The Iron Petticoat, Off Limits and Paris Holiday?
Arch Stanton says on 14/Dec/14
Also did you see Cagney's footwear? A fair heel and a bit built up at the back, the sort of shoe with a bit of a boost I'd say.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Dec/14
Watching the Seven Little Foys now and to claim Cagney and Hope were the same height is absurd. There's a scene in which Hope is given a trophy by Cagney and when stood straight Hope looked 4-5 inches taller.
Mel John says on 6/Nov/14
Here is the dance from Seven Little Foys with Jimmy Cagney, who is listed here at 5'5". I certainly can't see 5" between then - a couple of inches at best:
Auggie says on 20/Sep/14
Uh, no. I once was in a publicity photo right next to Hope and I towered over him - so much so that I had them crop me out so he didn't look ridiculous. I'm 6'3" and I'd say he was 5'4"-5'5". If you watch him and Jimmy Cagney in The Seven Little Foys, they look exactly the same height - and Cagney's listed at 5'5".
Arch Stanton says on 26/Apr/14
5'10.5" pretty much looks impossible in The Pale Face put it that way. Even 5'10" looks questionable. He's wearing big cowboy boots and he looks about 1.5 inches taller than Jane Russell, and she doesn't have much footwear advantage.
Arch Stanton says on 7/Nov/13
I mean if you take somebody like Fred Astaire, almost always wore very flat almost dap like shoes, ideal for dancing. He wasn't at all height conscious I don't think, at 5'9" he was taller than most of his female co stars anyway. But if you compare the very flat shoes Astaire wore to dance and see the type of shoes than Bing often wore I think you can see just how height conscious he was.
Arch Stanton says on 7/Nov/13
What baffles me though is that I think as you say Hope could look 5'9 range at that stage but often seemed near 3 inches taller than Bing Crosby even then although difficult to gauge exactly the height difference because of the footwear. Maybe Bing was more 5'7" flat and Hope 5'9.5" I dunno, but Bing's footwear really looked dodgy in most of the films I've seen him in. It takes a certain type of fella to dance in lifts!! Actually at the end of Road to Hong Kong they're on the beach and are in sandals and although a beach isn't the best way to gauge a height it looked pretty level, they were stood next to each other and I'd say Hope was between 2 and 3 inches taller. But if Hope was more 5'9" range by then it makes you wonder if Crosby was really 5'7.5" by that stage too.. I must try to see High Society and Did you Evah as I'd be interested to see how he fared next to Frank Sinatra. Haven't seen High Society in about 15 years.
Arch Stanton says on 6/Nov/13
I've concluded that Hope is between 2 and 3 inches taller than Crosby so this listing seems about right and it's Crosby's footwear and posture at times which account for him virtually looking the same height as Hope at times. If you watch Crosby when he's stood close to somebody taller he assumes the "rake up ass" Sly type forced posture. Crosby was extremely height conscious without a doubt. Whether Hope was or not it isn't so obvious to me but I can believe he often wore lifts in his films.
Arch Stanton says on 5/Nov/13
then Bing Crosby enters and he goes back to looking 2.5 inches taller than Bing!
Arch Stanton says on 5/Nov/13
Rob see 1 hr 7:50 Click Here I think Joan Collins is in heels and he's barefoot. Bizarrely he does actually look like he could be 5 ft 8 there doesn't he!
[Editor Rob: I looked at it and I think he's in basic shoes and she didn't have a platform heel...maybe a good 3 inches taller with 2 inch footwear disadvantage...that's enough to say he didn't look more than about 5ft 9 range at that stage, of course near 50 some guys might have lost a little]
Arch Stanton says on 5/Nov/13
Good call on the downgrade anyway I think he was 179cm on here before. He's definitely taller than Crosby but by how much in reality, very tough to tell given the footwear variations!
Arch Stanton says on 5/Nov/13
Yeah I suppose Thomas Hamm isn't really a big enough name to warrant attention. I've been watching some of the Road to films of late and it's difficult to see him over 5 ft 10 anyway. Not easy to tell with Bing Crosby who I'm pretty sure was wearing lifts. In Road to Bali the height difference oculd look 3 inches one minute and then 10 minutes later they'd look almost the same height! I'll give Road to Hong Kong a watch shortly with a young Joan Collins to ogle at...
Arch Stanton says on 3/Nov/13
I thought that quote would interest you Rob, obviously not..
[Editor Rob: it is interesting, the author isn't really a name as such, but it is believable he wore lifts at times - the question was he really just 5ft 8 as this 5ft 10 Thomas Hamm suggested!]
Arch Stanton says on 30/Oct/13
Rob I've found a quote here in which somebody says "Bob was five eight" and mentions that he wore lifts. Click Here
I was actually trying to find a quote for Crosby but stumbled upon that. His shoes don't look sus in Road to Bali unlike Crosby's. Hope looks about 1.5-2 inches taller but I think Crosby was clearly wearing shoes with a wedge in them. At times they can look nearer the same height though.
Kid says on 26/Jul/12
When I first met Bob Hope in 1984 he was quite a few inches shorter than me (I must've been around 6ft in my shoes), but he was 81. I met him again 10 years later, but if he had shrunk further, it wasn't obvious. Interestingly, Bob Monkhouse describes Hope as being well over 6ft tall when he first met him back in the '40s or '50s, but I think we can put this down to Monkhouse being quite small himself and probably confusing Hope's towering charisma with his height. Whenever I heard Bob Hope (in character) referring to his height in a movie, it was usually about 5' 10" or 5' 10 & a half, but it wasn't uncommon for the studios to 'big up' their stars in the height (and other) departments, even when just playing a role.

PS: So this is where you hide out, eh, Rob?
[Editor Rob: I do get occasionally recognised courtesy of this site - i'm still surprised people visit this site in good numbers]

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