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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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Frederica
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Ezra
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First Henchman
Paul Carpenter ...
Col. Spencer
Orlando Martins ...
Chief
Al Mulock ...
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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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Mike Moyer ...
Reporter (as Michael Moyer)
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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 Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries) is peeved that Luba superseded him, and is sent along posing as her father but has plans of his own.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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Hope invades Darkest Africa with the barest of essentials...food...water...and Anita Ekberg! See more »

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14 June 1963 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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Trivia

A poster for this film is featured in From Russia with Love (1963). It shows an Anita Ekberg head shot on the side of a building when 007 and Ali Kerim Bey are about to assassinate Krilencu. A window opens (appearing to be Ekberg's mouth) and Krilencu exits the building on a rope and is shot. After the assassination, 007 makes one of his inimitable quips as he says: "She should have kept her mouth shut". Both films were from United Artists. Note, however, that the relevant chapter of the Ian Fleming novel was titled "The Mouth of Marilyn Monroe". See more »

Goofs

When Matt boards his flight for Africa it's a 707 jet but after he lands at his destination and disembarks, it's a propeller driven aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Merriwether: The only wild animal I want to see is the cigarette girl at the Stork Club.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits of cast and crew are depicted by various monkeys and chimps. See more »

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Referenced in From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Call Me Bwana
Music and Lyrics by Monty Norman
Performed by Bob Hope (uncredited)
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Hope is Hope.
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look this movie is a comedy that has a value today more as a remembrance of the type of fluff Hollywood produced in the early '60s. This film is watchable, but it isn't a classic. It has some funny gags, but not the best plot. It's something about a lost satellite in Africa, and once the leads get there it moves along briskly. It's very reminiscent of the 'Road to ...' movies, although this one doesn't have Crosby. It offers Ekberg who worked w/ Abbott & Costello AND with Lewis and Martin. The woman knows comedy and plays off Hope well. There are A lot of worse films to watch, and this does offer a good remembrance of the time once known as Camelot w/ its jokes about the Kennedy family.


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