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Cancel My Reservation (1972)

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.

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Paul Bogart

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Bob Fisher (as Robert Fisher), Louis L'Amour (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Isabella Hoopes ... Elderly Lady
Buster Shavers Buster Shavers ... Doc Morton
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Dan, a TV talk show host from New York is told by doctor to take a break. So he goes to Arizona and as he arrives, the press who were expecting a politician to arrive from Washington hound him and when a reporter asks his opinion about the Indians he empathizes with them. That's when an Indian girl approaches him and asks him if they can talk. He says yes go to his place and when he arrives he finds the girl dead. He tries to call the police but when they arrive the body is not there. Later he goes driving and the Sheriff stops him and finds the body in his car. He's arrested but a wealthy rancher shows up and tells the Sheriff to release him which he does. And he later finds a girl staying in his house and she says she's the rancher's daughter. Later Dan's wife shows up, it seems like their marriage is going through a rough patch but she's more concerned with trying to prove bis innocence. So they start bu talking the dead girl's uncle who doesn't know much but tells them of a wise ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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When an Indian girl is murdered whom do you think they catch red-handed? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Broken Gun See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Naho Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby's cameo marked his final acting appearance in a film (his remaining appearances would be in documentaries). See more »

Goofs

At 54.20 Eva Marie Saint is talking on the phone and carries it out of the bedroom. But when she enters and crosses the living room there's no cord. See more »

Quotes

Dan Bartlett: They're lovely kids. I've never seen a better argument for the pill.
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Cancel My Reservation
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Bobby Hart
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His best in some time
23 January 2017 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

Bob Hope is a stressed out New York TV host. His doctor orders him to take a vacation so he heads off to his ranch in Arizona for a couple of weeks. But ,instead of getting away from it all, he ends up being accused of a murder that takes place during his stay in the desert.

The comedy is broad, farcical and loose much like a sketch on one of Hope's TV specials. Perfectly valid approach. As usual, Bob's in a jam and firing off a succession of wisecracks helps him to cope with a sticky situation.

Forrest Tucker and Ralph Bellamy play the bad guys in their respective roles as a con on the run and an evil land baron who's trying to frame the twitchy TV star. Keenan Wynne, as the cigar - chomping sheriff who has to find the real murderer, seems to have based his characterization on Yosemite Sam (with great success !)

This is a free - wheeling '70s movie and it's better than most of the pictures that Hope made near the end . In fact, as it turned out,this was to be his last, major big screen feature and , happily, it also proved to be his best in some time.


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