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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! [Blu-ray]

 

(George Marshall, 1966)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Edward Small Productions

Video: Olive Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:39:09.902 

Disc Size: 24,307,343,023 bytes

Feature Size: 24,098,672,640 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.80 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 24th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1866 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1866 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

• English, None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: "Bob Hope (I'll Take Sweden) + Phyllis Diller (Eight on the Lam) = madcap mayhem in the delightful comic romp Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, co-starring Elke Sommer (A Shot in the Dark). The wrong number of the title turns out to be that of Hollywood bombshell Didi (Sommer) and the lucky caller is real estate agent Tom Meade (Hope). In need of a quick fix for slumping sales, Meade sees Didi's celebrity status as a way of boosting interest in a cabin property by offering her the charming getaway as a place where she can hide from the Hollywood moguls and flacks hot on her trail. But wires aren t the the only thing crossed when Meade s acid-tongued housekeeper, Lily (Diller), suspecting that he s having an affair, flies into spy mode to protect Meade s loving wife Martha (Marjorie Lord, TV's Make Room for Daddy).

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! is directed by George Marshall (Houdini) from a story by George Beck and a screenplay by George Kennett, Albert E. Lewin and Burt Styler."

 

 

The Film:

A series of madcap events occurs when married real estate agent Tom Meade (Bob Hope) mistakenly dials the gorgeous European film star Didi (Elke Sommer) at her Oregon hotel. Didi, who has escaped Hollywood to avoid being typecast as a bombshell, takes up Meade's offer to hide away at his backwoods cabin. Meade, with the help of his housekeeper (Phyllis Diller), goes to absurd lengths to help the actress evade discovery by both the public and his suspicious wife (Marjorie Lord.) 

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! marked the first of three film collaborations for Hope and comedienne Phyllis Diller, cast as the acerbic housekeeper of Hope's scheming real estate developer. Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1917, Diller had aspired to the life of a comic after hearing Hope on the radio. Hope was a long-time admirer and supporter of Diller's trademark frazzled housewife act (Diller was at the time a newly-divorced single mother of five children), which she perfected in clubs and on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Dubbed by columnists "the female Bob Hope," Diller became a frequent guest on Hope's TV specials for NBC. A close friend of both Hope and his wife Dolores, Diller modeled the mordant, unpredictable domestics she played for Hope after his real life housekeeper, Eileen Taylor. In her 2006 memoirs, Diller suggested there was more than mutual respect to their professional relationship:

"Bob was mad about me and I was nuts about him; yet nothing ever happened between us. I knew a relationship was an impossibility. Then again, I also had the theory that I reminded him of his mother. She sang and played the piano, and when I saw a picture of her I thought we resembled one another."

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but has a supportive bitrate. Some colors are impressive but there isn't a lot of depth or dynamic HD-related impressions in the visuals. I see a few speckles but overall it is quite clean. The Blu-ray probably improved the presentation over an SD rendering but it doesn't make the jokes any funnier.

 

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Audio :

Olive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1866 kbps (24-bit) in the original English language. There aren't many effects in the film - but the bouncy score from 'By' Dunham (Seven Men from Now) and Richard LaSalle (The Night the Bridge Fell Down, Twice-Told Tales, Ambush Bay) keeps the proceedings light. It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue and some snappy comedic effects. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number! is almost exactly what you might expect - an amusing comedy relying on Hope, Diller and Elke's, bath-bubble attire, cheesecake. It's not one of the better ones - but if you're in the mood for a film like this, I think, you usually aren't terribly discerning. I watched it till the end and got into the light-hearted fun - Hope is always entertaining that way. The Blu-ray (not a flattering cover) is bare-bones and doesn't offer a ton of value. Only die-hard fans of the performers should consider. 

Gary Tooze

January 22nd, 2017

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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