Gatecrasher offers Bob Hope a homemade Academy Award - Oscar History (Video)
Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 34th Oscars in April 1961, "the world's greatest gatecrasher" surprised host Bob Hope.
The 34th Academy Awards were hosted for the seventh time by Hope. During the ceremony, a New York City cab driver named Stan Berman managed to slip by 125 police guards to award Bob Hope with a homemade Oscar.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm the world's greatest gatecrasher and I just came here to present Bob Hope with his 1938 trophy," Berman said while handing Hope his award.
The "1938" referred to Hope's film "The Big Broadcast of 1938," which featured the comedian's signature song, "Thanks for the Memory." Hope didn't receive an Oscar for the film, but the song did.
"This is for Bob," Berman said before running off-stage.
When he returned to the podium, Hope quipped, "Who needs Price Waterhouse? All we need is a doorman."
The 34th Oscarss were the first time that the ceremony lasted more than two hours.
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