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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!

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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966)

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I'd like to report a man in my bedroom

38-22-36 Boy - she has some area code!

The picture that gets you where you laugh!

No more bubble bath, she screamed!

Usually cited as the absolute nadir of Bob Hope's film career, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! is by no means a classic, but it isn't nearly as bad as some of his other sixties efforts (take a look a Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell sometime). The plot is set in motion by movie sex bomb Elke Sommer, who flees from the set of her latest picture when she refuses to do yet another bathtub sequence. Sommer hides out in the home of real estate agent Hope, who is forced to keep the buxom starlet under wraps lest his wife Marjorie Lord misunderstand. Phyllis Diller plays Hope's maid, who conspires with her boss to keep Sommer out of sight. The plot lumbers forward to a wild climax wherein Hope, accused of Sommer's murder (she's still very much alive), embarks upon a slapstick car chase, chock full of Sennett-like sight gags. Though cheaply produced and perilously anachronistic, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! is professionally assembled by director George Marshall, a Hope colleague from way back. The film turned a tidy profit, thanks largely to the popularity of Hope's costar Phyllis Diller.

With Bob Hope's film career on the downswing by the '60s, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! was critically panned and compared to a "90-minute TV sitcom".[5] The critic for the New York Times drew parallels with Up in Mabel's Room which Edward Small had made twenty years previously.[6] Reviews were poor.[7] However it performed well at the box office. Years later, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.

Release Date: June 8, 1966

Distrib: United Artists


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