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Call Me Bwana (1963)

 |  Comedy  |  14 June 1963 (USA)
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A returning moon capsule with vital information goes off course and lands in Africa where the little-known Ekele tribesmen find it. Washington orders the great African Authority Matthew ... See full summary »



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A returning moon capsule with vital information goes off course and lands in Africa where the little-known Ekele tribesmen find it. Washington orders the great African Authority Matthew Merriwether (Bob Hope), an utter fraud and authority only on feminine pulchritude, to go find it. A foreign power sends Secret Agent Luba (Anita Ekberg) to go after Matthew and stop at nothing - absolutely nothing - to get it from him. Dr. Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries) is peeved that Luba superseded him, and is sent along posing as her father but has plans of his own. All meet and form a safari but there is time out for a golf match between Merriwether and Arnold Palmer (Himself). After reaching their destination, with Merriwether madly in love with Luba, they find that the Ekeles believe the capsule is a holy talisman and won't give it up. Written by Les Adams <>

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Bob Hope takes off for the jungle and takes on Russian spy Anita Ekberg. See more »




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Release Date:

14 June 1963 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many of the key technical personal from the early James Bond films had the same jobs on this film. Ted Moore was the DP, Syd Cain was the art director, Maurice Binder designed the titles, John Stears did the visual effects, Monty Normal composed the music, Johanna Harwood was a scriptwriter. See more »


In US operations centre, there is a map of Africa with a coloured area showing where the satellite may have landed. The shape of this coloured area changes between the long and close shots. See more »


Luba: [Trapped in space capsule] Matt, I can't breathe!
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Crazy Credits

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


William Tell Overture
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Call Me Bwana is a somewhat amusing Bob Hope comedy
15 December 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this latter-day Bob Hope comedy on Hulu. In this one, he comes to Africa for the first time having previously passed his late uncle's adventures from the latter's diary as his own best selling books. I'll stop there and just say that I found many of Hope's lines and scenes alternately funny and lame in many places. His leading lady is Swedish sexpot Anita Ekberg though he probably would have been better off if he'd been more paired with other player Edie Adams as she's more of a comedienne as evident in their initial meeting on a plane. Lionel Jeffries also provide some amusements as the villain but perhaps the highlight is when Hope has golfing star Arnold Palmer stop by as they play a game with some clubs left by some guy named Crosby. In summary, Call Me Bwana isn't very good but it's not too bad either.

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