John Goldfarb, Please Come Home

1965

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home

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Politics and sports clash in this occasionally funny spoof centered around a downed U2 pilot and an extravagant oil sheik. John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna), a former football player, now pilot, sent on a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union, is lost and crash-lands in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Fawzia. King Fawz (Peter Ustinov) is constructing a football team to defeat Notre Dame and demands that Goldfarb coach his team or be handed over as a spy. In the interests of international relations, the U.S. State Department not only complies with King Fawz's request to bring the Notre Dame team to his country but in true diplomatic form insists that they throw the game. The romantic interest appears in the form of Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine), an American reporter on an undercover assignment in the king's harem. A pleasant view in scanty harem garb, she lends mild amusement to the story with attempts to avoid the king's amourous advances. Although the humor falls short of its potential, the film was fortuitously saved from obscurity due to publicity generated by an unsuccessful lawsuit brought agianst the studio by the University of Notre Dame, which objected to a scene involving Notre Dame players fraternizing with harem girls. The screenplay for John Goldfarb, Please Come Home was written by William Peter Blatty who was later known for his award winning novel and screenplay The Exorcist.

Cast

Shirley MacLaine
as Jenny Ericson ('Strife' Magazine reporter)
Peter Ustinov
as King Fawz
Richard Crenna
as John Goldfarb
Fred Clark
as Heinous Overreach (head of CIA)
Jim Backus
as Miles Whitepaper
Scott Brady
as Sakalakis
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Mustafa Guz
Harry Morgan
as Deems Sarajevo
Patrick Adiarte
as Prince Ammud
Jerome Cowan
as Brinkley
David Lewis
as Cronkite
Milton Frome
as Air Force general
Charles Lane
as Editor of `Strife'
Jerry Orbach
as Pinkerton
Jackie Coogan
as Father Ryan
Telly Savalas
as Harem recruiter
Nai Bonet
as Specialty dancer
Sultana
as Specialty Dancer
Barbara Bouchet
as Astrid Porche
Ann Morell
as Floating Harem Girl
Shelby Grant
as Harem girl
Eve Bruce
as Harem Girl
Gari Hardy
as Harem girl
Irene Tsu
as Harem girl
Jane Wald
as Harem Girl
Linda Foster
as Harem Girl
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