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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home![3] is a 1965 comedy film based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
published in 1963. The movie was directed by J. Lee Thompson.


1 Synopsis 2 Cast 3 Production notes 4 References 5 External links

Synopsis[edit] The comic spoof of the Cold War
Cold War
was inspired by a May 1960 incident involving American Francis Gary Powers, a CIA
operative whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking an international diplomatic incident. Blatty's tale concerns John "Wrong-Way" Goldfarb, a former college football star who once ran 95 yards for a touchdown in the wrong direction. Now a U-2 pilot, his plane malfunctions and crashes in the mythical Arab
kingdom of Fawzia. The country's leader threatens to turn him over to the Soviets unless he agrees to coach a football team. Jenny Ericson, the magazine journalist who made Goldfarb famous, is on an undercover assignment as a member of the King's harem, and when she discovers she was wrong in thinking the King is no longer romantically interested in his wives, she seeks help from Goldfarb. The King blackmails the U.S. Department of State into arranging an exhibition football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and his own team from Fawz University. Jenny becomes a cheerleader and then the quarterback who scores the winning touchdown for Fawz University. Cast[edit]

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
as Jenny Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
as the King Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
as Goldfarb Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Miles Whitepaper Scott Brady
Scott Brady
as Coach Sakalakis Fred Clark
Fred Clark
as Heinous Overreach Wilfrid Hyde-White
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Mustafa Guz Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan
as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo Patrick Adiarte as Prince Ammud Richard Deacon as Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot Jerome Cowan
Jerome Cowan
as Ambassador Brinkley Leon Askin
Leon Askin
as Samir David Lewis as Stottle Cronkite Milton Frome
Milton Frome
as Air Force General Charles Lane as Strife Magazine
Editor Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
as Pinkerton Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan
as Father Ryan Nai Bonet as Specialty Dancer Sultanna as Specialty Dancer Dick Wilson as Frobish

Production notes[edit] Blatty's book originally was written as a screenplay, but when no studios expressed interest in it, he reworked it as a novel, which was published by Doubleday (ISBN 0553142518). The novel's success led Twentieth Century-Fox
Twentieth Century-Fox
to acquire the film rights, and Blatty submitted his original script for a feature film directed by J. Lee Thompson. Fox expected the film to be its Christmas
1964 release; however, the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
filed a defamation lawsuit and got a court injunction to delay the release of the film, claiming the studio had "knowingly and illegally misappropriated, diluted and commercially exploited for their private profit the names, symbols, football team, prestige, high reputation and goodwill" of the university. The lawsuit wasn't settled until the following year, when the studio finally won its case.[citation needed] The film was a critical failure and earned back only $3,880,000 of its $4 million budget.[citation needed] Later, Jim Backus
Jim Backus
wrote a memoir called What Are You Doing After the Orgy?, the title taken from one of his lines in the film. References[edit]

^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p254 ^ This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Big Rental Pictures of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 6 and Solomon p 230. Please note figures are rentals not total gross. ^ Exclamation point is in onscreen title. Also listed as such at "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Films directed by J. Lee Thompson

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(1954) As Long as They're Happy
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(1955) An Alligator Named Daisy
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(1955) Yield to the Night
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(1956) The Good Companions (1957) Woman in a Dressing Gown
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(1957) Ice Cold in Alex
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(1958) North West Frontier (1959) No Trees in the Street
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(1959) Tiger Bay (1959) I Aim at the Stars
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(1965) Return from the Ashes
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(1965) Eye of the Devil
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(1966) Mackenna's Gold
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(1969) Country Dance (1970) Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
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(1972) Battle for the Planet of the Apes
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(1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
(1975) St. Ives (1976) The White Buffalo
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(1977) The Greek Tycoon
The Greek Tycoon
(1978) The Passage (1979) Caboblanco
(1980) Happy Birthday to Me (1981) 10 to Midnight
10 to Midnight
(1983) The Evil That Men Do (1984) The Ambassador (1984) King Solomon's Mines (1985) Murphy's Law (1986) Firewalker (1986) Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) Messenger of Death
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