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Call Me Bwana [VHS] (1963)

Bob Hope , Anita Ekberg , Gordon Douglas  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Anita Ekberg, Edie Adams, Lionel Jeffries, Percy Herbert
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: Bill Larkin, Johanna Harwood, Mort Lachman, Nate Monaster
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Stanley Sopel
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: March 2, 1994
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302946573
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Ezra Mungo (Lionel Jeffries) is peeved that Luba superseded him, and is sent along posing as her father but has plans of his own.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.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Judge Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict- I was somewhat pleased to read that Bob Hope was notorious in Hollywood for cheating on his wives. It's not that I condone or appreciate adultery; I'm just glad to hear that Hope had at least one chink in his armor. Otherwise, he'd be simply too perfect--wholesome humor, countless USO shows, all the honors, living to 100--and there's something suspicious about a man who's too perfect. Part of the reason Hope seems so perfect is his well-crafted public image, wholesome to the extreme, and it's that totally wholesome image that makes a film like Call Me Bwana work at all. Although not as famous as his collaborations with Bing Crosby, Call Me Bwana should please Hope fans.

Call Me Bwana is making its DVD debut thanks to MGM's Limited Edition Collection, which is a series of Manufactured On Demand (MOD) discs. They claim that the transfer is sourced "from the best materials available," but this flick has obviously not received lavish restoration treatment. The color transfer looks a bit flat, with only so-so saturation. However, for a film catalog title of its age it looks remarkably good, with little print damage. Grain is generally kept in check, and I didn't notice any significant compression problems. The mono soundtrack is fine, with dialogue clearly audible. Some of the effects on the soundtrack are obviously canned, but for a film that's nearing its fiftieth anniversary, it sounds fine. As with other MOD titles, Call Me Bwana contains no subtitles or extras.

For Hope fans, Call Me Bwana fills a long-running gap in his filmography on DVD, and it's for his fans that this DVD has probably been released.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars call me bwana February 27, 2012
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received as ordered. very funny. this is my husbands favorite film staring bob hope. is good fun for the whole family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not classic but still enjoyable January 25, 2014
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These Bob Hope films are not in the same league as Cat and the Canary and Paleface. However they are still enjoyable and Bob Hope's humour still shines through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BOB HOPE CLASSIC ON DVD! May 30, 2013
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You can't go wrong with this Bob Hope comedy also featuring the sultry Anita Ekberg in her screen prime. Go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie March 28, 2013
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Although there are a lot of things that are outdated Bob Hope made this very entertaining. Well worth watching with the family
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Hope was never lovelier... Ekberg was never funnier!" August 23, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
The cast of CALL ME BWANA consists in part of folks then-touring with Bob Hope's annual USO Christmas show: Arnold Palmer, Edie Adams, Mai Ling, Anita Ekberg, etc.

This forgettable piece of fluff was the only non-007 feature produced by the British Saltzman/Broccoli team. Despite a cute parody of a scene from their DR. NO ([VHS]) (DVD), what is meant to be a comedy is saddled with a script crafted in part by one of the screenwriters of "No" and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1964) (VHS) (DVD). Not a bunch of laughs in those pictures, either.

Bob does get to play golf (his hobby) with PGA champ Arnie Palmer, so at least somebody was happy here. Don't expect to watch this silly (in the pejorative sense) movie and feel the same.

Here, Hope is a plagiarizing writer pretending to be an authority on Africa who's dispatched to the Dark Continent when a moon capsule carrying vital information crash lands there by mistake. As is typical of Bond movies, Anita Ekberg is the sultry foreign spy trying to steal this secret data from Bob, and since he fancies himself a ladies man she just may succeed in her mission. That is, if either of them can even get close to the spacecraft: a local tribe has found it and believes the object is sacred.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb user poll rating.

(5.3) Call Me Bwana (UK-1963) - Bob Hope/Anita Ekberg/Edie Adams/Lionel Jeffries/Arnold Palmer/Mai Ling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call me Bwana July 8, 2014
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Bob Hope is always a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me Bwanna April 13, 2012
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Bob Hope is always hilarious and this movie is another fine example!! I really enjoyed the cameo appearance of my hero, Arnold Palmer!!!!!
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