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21 September 1972 (USA) See more »
Bob Hope is a stressed out talk show host who is sent on a vacation to Arizona on doctor's orders and has to play Sherlock Holmes with his wife, the lovely Eva Marie Saint, to solve a series of murders that has Bob as the prime suspect. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bob Hope ... Dan Bartlett

Eva Marie Saint ... Sheila Bartlett

Ralph Bellamy ... John Ed

Forrest Tucker ... Reese

Anne Archer ... Crazy Hollister

Keenan Wynn ... Sheriff 'Houndtooth' Riley

Henry Darrow ... Joe Little Cloud

Chief Dan George ... Old Bear

Doodles Weaver ... Cactus, Deputy Sheriff
Betty Ann Carr ... Mary Little Cloud
Herb Vigran ... Roscoe Snagby

Pat Morita ... Yamamoto
Gordon Oliver ... Mr. Willie Sparker
Isabella Hoopes ... Elderly Lady
Buster Shavers ... Doc Morton
Tracy Bogart ... Teenage Girl
Trudy Bordoff ... Teenage Girl

Richard Yniguez ... Motorcyclist
Priscilla Garcia ... Motorcyclist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bogart ... Dr. Kaufman (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (uncredited)

Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Himself, John Wayne (uncredited)

Flip Wilson ... Himself, Flip Wilson (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Fisher  (as Robert Fisher)
Louis L'Amour  novel "The Broken Gun"
Arthur Marx 

Produced by
Bob Hope .... executive producer
Gordon Oliver .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty  (as Russell L. Metty)
Film Editing by
Michael A. Hoey 
Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks 
Set Decoration by
Anthony Mondell 
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
Mike Moschella .... makeup artist (as Michael Moschella)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (as Tom Tuttle)
Production Management
Nathan Barragar .... production manager
Igo Kantor .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director
Art Department
Monroe Liebgold .... property master
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator
Ralph Caro Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vic Carpenter .... production sound mixer
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Special Effects by
John Coles .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip
Alfred Cline .... camera operator (as Al Cline)
Calvin Maehl .... lighting technician
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (as Earl Williman Jr.)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vou Lee Giokaris .... wardrobe
Barton Kent James .... wardrobe
Jane Leonard .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Allee G. Reed .... transportation captain (as Allee Reed)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Kasia .... fashion consultant
William Lawrence .... assistant to executive producer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Ray Comer .... craft service (uncredited)
Bill Eliscu .... production representative (uncredited)
Dick Webb .... head wrangler (uncredited)

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99 min
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Last theatrical release that Bob Hope ever starred in.See more »
Dan Bartlett:They're lovely kids. I've never seen a better argument for the pill.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Cancel My Studio Contract, 29 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After Cancel My Reservation Bob Hope made no more films for the big screen. It's as if his career ran out of gas in the seventies. Of course with the reception this film got, it was no surprise he stuck to television and military base tours.

When I looked at Cancel My Reservation again for the purposes of writing this review I was dumbfounded to learn that it had been based on a Louis L'Amour western novel, The Broken Gun. Now nobody had ever accused Louis L'Amour of writing comedy, so I'd love to know how one of his gritty western tales became the basis for a Bob Hope film?

Hope plays a TV talk show host who's advised by his doctor to take a needed vacation away from his wife Eva Marie Saint. Seems as though she came on the show as a co-host, kind of like the way Joy Philbin occasionally fills in for Kelly Ripa with Regis and it's grating on his hammy nerves.

Wouldn't you know it but Rapid Robert gets himself involved with not one, not two, but three murders while in Arizona. Bodies just keep popping up around him. Eva Marie comes west to help him solve this, but Nick and Nora Charles, they're not. The only one who believes him is Anne Archer, the stepdaughter of wealthy rancher Ralph Bellamy.

Cancel My Reservation marks the final appearance of Bing Crosby in an unbilled cameo in a Bob Hope film. That was a regular occurrence in the forties and fifties. The sequence is an imaginary one after sheriff Keenan Wynn tells him he could be the subject of mob violence. Hope imagines he's being lynched and he looks over at the crowd and appeals to such folks as Bing, Johnny Carson, John Wayne, and Flip Wilson for help in saving an innocent man. Bing says he furnished the rope for the lynching. Wilson says the devil made him do it. Carson says he hopes to inherit Hope's show and John Wayne says he'd like to help, but it isn't his picture.

By the way with that unbilled cameo, the Duke appears in his career in two films based on Louis L'Amour novels, his classic Hondo and this one.

Most of Hope's films in the sixties and now the seventies are just pale in comparison to the comedy classics of his earlier period. This one may be one of the worst. The gags just fall flat, the biggest laugh is when he tells the sheriff his age is 42 when he's a quite believable 69. John Wayne was finally playing characters his own age, why couldn't Hope?

So if you want to see a good film based on a Louis L'Amour novel, I recommend Hondo.

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