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 Roles turned down by Bob Hope:

Arsenic and Old Lace
Bob Hope was offered the lead role, and was eager to do it, but Paramount wouldn't loan him out to Warner Bros. to do it.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

Guys and Dolls
In 1952 when Paramount owned the rights, they announced the film as a vehicle for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Actor who got the part: Frank Sinatra

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Bob Hope reportedly turned down a role.

Operation Petticoat
The comedian called turning down the starring role in this huge box-office hit a major career regret.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

The Road to The Fountain of Youth
On October 13, 1977, it was announced that Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour were reuniting for another "Road" movie. Unfortunately, Bing Crosby died the next day, and the movie was cancelled.
Actor who got the part: This Movie Was Never Made

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