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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

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During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Peter Ustinov), soon discovers that Goldfarb used to be a college football star. So he issues him an ultimatum: coach his country's football team, or Fawz will surrender him to the Russians. Goldfarb teams up with undercover reporter Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine), and together they plot to escape their dangerous situation.

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Four versions of the title song (sung under the credits) were recorded. One was by Jaye P. Morgan, the other three by Shirley MacLaine. The Morgan version was heard by the film's critics at the original press screenings. One of the MacLaine versions was used in the film when it was released, and ever afterward. The two unused MacLaine versions had different lyrics. One was more "romantic," the other was sung to Goldfarb by his "Jewish mother." All four versions are included on the CD soundtrack. See more »

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When Shirley first presents herself to the king she is fearful he will "make his move.on her" so she dresses herself to be as undesirable as possible and throws herself on his bed. The next three shots have her legs crossed right over left, then left over right, them back to right over left in quick succession. See more »

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Sakalakis: [looking at bench] Rimsky, in for Korsakoff!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Henry, Please Come Home (1972) See more »

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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
Lyrics by Don Wolf
Sung by Shirley MacLaine during the opening credits
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John Golfarb Please Come Home- Awful
13 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this turkey on Fox Movie Channel on 6/7/09. Maltin would be correct if he hated this movie.The movie was trying to be a zany comedy. Unfortunately,it did not work.The plot was silly. there was no continuation. Ustinov's Arabian king with a mind of a six year old character was annoying and infantile. What was the point of having a U2 pilot as a character in the movie except to show that he went in the wrong direction( By the way, he is known as 'wrong way Golfarb') the only decent acting was from Shirley Maclaine playing an undercover reporter in the king's harem. Richard Crenna and Wilfrid Hyde-White(as the king's aide),must have regretted taking this role. They did try to do a good job with the material in hand. Harry Morgan was OK, as was Jim Bakus.The football game(on a grass field constructed in the desert), also got to be very annoying and tedious! If people are comparing this film favorably to "It's A Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World", they would be wrong- The latter film is a piece of art compared to this bomb!


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