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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 (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

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J. Lee Thompson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Jenny Ericson
Peter Ustinov ... King Fawz
Richard Crenna ... John Goldfarb
Jim Backus ... Miles Whitepaper
Scott Brady ... Coach Sakalakis
Fred Clark ... Heinous Overreach
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mustafa Guz
Harry Morgan ... Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
Patrick Adiarte ... Prince Ammud
Richard Deacon ... Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot
Jerome Cowan ... Ambassadaor Brinkley
Leon Askin ... Samir
David Lewis ... Stottle Cronkite
Milton Frome ... Air Force General
Charles Lane ... 'Strife' Magazine Editor
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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 (Sir 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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A Wild Whirl of Wacky Fun! See more »

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Comedy

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Harry Morgan, as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo, stops an argument between his underlings by yelling "Silence in court! Let the monkey speak!" This might be a reference to Morgan's role as the Judge in "Inherit the Wind" (1960), about the Scopes "monkey trial". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

'Strife' Magazine Editor: I think it's great!
Jenny Ericson: I think it's filthy!
'Strife' Magazine Editor: How did you win the Pulitzer, with photo take-outs of PTA meetings? A harem, is a harem, is a...
Jenny Ericson: Euphemism! The concept is vulgar, odious and repulsive
'Strife' Magazine Editor: Ericson, you'd find something vulgar, odious and repulsive in fifth-graders playing spin the bottle
Jenny Ericson: Would you please leave my personal life out of this
'Strife' Magazine Editor: I didn't know you had one
Jenny Ericson: Oh, I don't have to take this
'Strife' Magazine Editor: But you will take this assignment
Jenny Ericson: [stands up and laughs mockingly] I will not
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Henry, Please Come Home (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Saw this in 1965 at Rocking Chair Theatre Orlando FL
3 June 1999 | by delkronSee all my reviews

This movie was newly released, showing in a newly completed "rocking chair" theatre in Orlando FL. Only 15 then, had gone to FL by bus from NC, to visit a friend dying of cancer. We bought bright surfer shirts-a new rage, and went to see this movie at the new theatre. I obviously have a good time youthful impression connected with seeing his movie. The movie itself is a vague memory of a humorous football game, cute harem girls including the young Shirley McLaine, a neat railroad running around a palace, etc. While the acting quality etc. may not have sunk in at that time and age, it was a neat comedy I would love to see again. Wish it would be released on video. Even wish it might appear on TV sometime. Perhaps one day someone may have taped a televised showing and a copy may be available that way. Anyway, I think it was a pleasant comedy, in good taste, that anyone would enjoy.......Except for them celibate types at Notre Dame!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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