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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!

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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
Theatrical release poster.
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byEdward Small
Written byGeorge Kennett
Albert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
StarringBob Hope
Elke Sommer
Phyllis Diller
Cesare Danova
Marjorie Lord
Music byWilliam "By" Dunham
Richard LaSalle
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byGrant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • June 8, 1966 (1966-06-08)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4.3 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! is a 1966 DeLuxe Color American comedy film starring Bob Hope and Elke Sommer. This film marked the first of three film collaborations for Hope and comedian Phyllis Diller, and was followed by Eight on the Lam in 1967 and The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell in 1968.[2]


A gorgeous French actress named Didi (Elke Sommer) has become more famous for commercials involving bubble baths than for acting. Fed up with the situation, she winds up running away for a while to Oregon, where she encounters a middle-aged married realtor (Bob Hope) who agrees to secretly assist her and thereby becomes enmeshed in various complications.



The film was Bob Hope's second with Edward Small.[3] Filming started October 1965.[4] It marked Phyllis Diller's film debut as a lead – she signed for five more pictures with Hope.[5]


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".[6] The critic for The New York Times drew parallels with Up in Mabel's Room which Edward Small had made twenty years previously.[7] Reviews were poor.[8] However it performed well at the box office. Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! was listed in the 1978 book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.

See also


  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, January 4, 1967 p 8
  2. ^,nm0226887&sort=year&title_type=feature,tv_episode,video,tv_movie,tv_special,mini_series,documentary,game,short
  3. ^ Hopper, Hedda (Aug 2, 1965). "Star of 'Luv' Called Genius". Los Angeles Times. p. d17.
  4. ^ Martin, Betty (Aug 11, 1965). "MOVIE CALL SHEET: Train Wreck Derails Film". Los Angeles Times. p. d12.
  5. ^ Clifford, Terry. (May 1, 1966). "'Wrong Number' Starts Diller in Films". Chicago Tribune. p. g15.
  6. ^ JEFFREY COUCHMAN (May 6, 1979). "Bob Hope: More Than A Gagster?: Bob Hope: More Than A Gagster?". New York Times. p. 85.
  7. ^ "Bob Hope and 'A Wrong Number'". New York Times. June 9, 1966. p. 52.
  8. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (15 June 1966). "lke Sommer, Gags Bubble in Hope's 'Wrong Number'". Los Angeles Times. p. d14.
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