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HOPE REFUSES TO JOIN ATTACK ON HOLLYWOOD

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Bob Hope is refusing to join old pal Ronald Reagan's blast at the lack of "decency" and "good taste" in Hollywood movies, expressed by the former president recently in Japan.

"I never downplay Hollywood," Hope said. "I've been asked everything. When they ask me what I think of the `vulgarity' of the new comedians in the new clubs, I just say, `That's their business - if they have to do it.' But I'm not going to knock them."Hope also says he hopes to cast real estate mogul Donald Trump as Santa Claus in his Christmas special. The show will be taped early this month at Trump's Plaza Hotel and other New York locations.