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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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Ezra
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Col. Spencer
Orlando Martins ...
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Bari Jonson ...
Uta
Peter Dyneley ...
Williams
Mai Ling ...
Hyacinth
Mark Heath ...
Koba
Robert Nichols ...
American Major
Neville Monroe ...
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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 Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries) is peeved that Luba superseded him, and is sent along posing as her father but has plans of his own.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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

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Trivia

This is, to date, the only film produced by Eon Productions that is not part of the James Bond franchise. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Luba: [Trapped in space capsule] Matt, I can't breathe!
Matthew Merriwether: If *you* can't breathe, we're really in trouble.
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Opening credits of cast and crew are depicted by various monkeys and chimps. See more »

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References Dr. No (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Performed by Lionel Jeffries (Ezra Mungo) at the mission and later reprised by Bob Hope in his tent in safari.
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Similar to his "Road" movies, but NO singing
10 August 2010 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Lots of one-liners by Bob Hope, in this film produced by Albert Broccoli, who did all the early James Bond movies. Acc to IMDb, this was the second film produced by Eon productions. The credits don't list who does the voices for John Kennedy or Kruschev at the opening, but clearly its a reflection of the politics of the day. The basic premise is that one of our space ships has gone astray, and landed in Africa. To save face, the U.S. must be the first to find it, so they hire African expert Matthew Merriwether (Bob Hope). Co-stars Anita Ekberg, Edie Adams, and Lionel Jeffries round out the cast. Viewers will recognize Jeffries, who played the grandfather in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This film is very similar to Hope's "Road" movies with Bing, but moves slower. The good thing is... NO SONGS! and a five minute bit with a 30-something Arnold Palmer. Palmer had just won the 1961 And 1962 British Open. I can see why Broccoli wanted to do this project... lots of spies, intrigue, and exotic "foreign" locations, just like a James Bond flick. A fun way to kill some time. Not as bad as some others have thought....it's a lightweight Bob Hope comedy, after all.


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