Call Me Bwana
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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.Read more ›
But here's the rub: Merriwhether is a straight-up fraud. He's never set foot in Africa, has, in fact, ransacked his explorer uncle's diary for "research" even as he writes his celebrated African books from the cozy confines of his urban New York crib.
You say it's a dated farce, and I can't muster up a proper argument. The Cold War stuff isn't so relevant today, unless you're one of them old-heads that nurse a hell of a grudge. You say this movie is a series of skits in lieu of a lucid narrative, and I say that about sums up the bulk of Hope's filmography. Were Bob Hope a superhero, he'd be Deadpool for how often he went off-script and broke the fourth wall. And, okay, the storytelling is hampered by behind-the-scenes gaffes. The cast was supposed to have shot their scenes on location in Africa, except that this and that (political unrest?) kept the cast in Britain and what we get are nibblets of location footage filmed by the - I guess, disposable - second unit.Read more ›
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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It is a nice comedy, but it doesn't measure up for funny to some of the other Bob Hope movies.Published 7 months ago by Karch
as is so many of his latter films Bob's energy only carries him so far and much is going thru the old riutinesPublished 12 months ago by Lloyd N. West Jr.
Did not laugh once during this movie. Never did think Bob Hope had any talent as a comedian. Even had lousy special effects. Read morePublished 13 months ago by FrequentBuyer
i m starting a collection,he is REALY FUNNY,had to have it,THANK YOU VERY MUCH,it came on time,and in very fine shapePublished 14 months ago by Carl Anderson
delivery prompt-movie a classic bob hope comedy-very enjoyablePublished 16 months ago by Mr J S Mildrum
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