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Call Me Bwana (1963)

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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Bari Jonson ...
Uta
Peter Dyneley ...
Williams
Mai Ling ...
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Koba
Robert Nichols ...
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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 Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries) is peeved that Luba superseded him, and is sent along posing as her father but has plans of his own.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

The control tower footage when the Lufthansa flight arrival in Africa is announced is recycled footage originally used in the James Bond film Dr. No (1962). In Dr. No the footage is used to announce a Pan Am flight arrival in Jamaica. 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: After these few days in the jungle with you, my resistance has collapsed.
Matthew Merriwether: Everything else seems to be holding up.
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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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References The Flintstones (1960) 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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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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