Release dateSeptember 21, 1972 WriterBob Fisher, Louis LAmour (novel), Arthur Marx GenresComedy, Mystery, Crime Fiction CastBob Hope (Dan Bartlett), Eva Marie Saint (Sheila Bartlett), Ralph Bellamy (John Ed), Forrest Tucker (Reese) Similar moviesBob Hope and Eva Marie Saint appear in Cancel My Reservation and That Certain Feeling
TaglineIt's Bob (Wanted dead or alive) Hope.
Henry darrow 1972 cancel my reservation
Arizona police and his wife (Eva Marie Saint) ask a TV talk-show host (Bob Hope) about an Indian girls corpse in his hotel room.
Cancel My Reservation is a 1972 comedy film starring Bob Hope and Eva Marie Saint, and directed by Paul Bogart. The ironically entitled movie was Bob Hopes last of over 50 theatrical features as leading man, a screen run begun in 1938.
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.
Television personality Dan Bartlett, having difficulties with his wife and TV co-star Sheila, retreats to his Arizona ranch. When the body of Mary Little Cloud is found in his car trunk, Dan is placed under arrest.
Freed for lack of evidence, Dan returns home to find attractive, scantily clad Crazy Hollister there. Her stepfather John Ed owns a half-million-acre property nearby. Crazy is upset that John Ed has blocked her inheritance and may have even murdered her mother.
Sheila shows up and believes she has caught Dan having an affair, but Crazy convinces her thats not true. Meanwhile, county recorder Snagby tries to blackmail John Ed with information Mary Little Cloud gave him, but John Eds evil henchman Reese has him killed. Sheriff Riley once again thinks Dan is responsible.
The Bartletts are taken captive by Reese and sealed inside a cave. There they renew their love. Riley is able to free them while Crazy finds proof that Mary Little Cloud had a document showing her tribe to be the lawful owner of John Eds land. Reese is betrayed by John Ed, who ultimately learns that crime doesnt pay. Dan and Sheila cant wait to get back to their old lives.
Bob Hope as Dan Bartlett
Eva Marie Saint as Sheila Bartlett
Ralph Bellamy as John Ed
Forrest Tucker as Reese
Anne Archer as Crazy Hollister
Keenan Wynn as Sheriff Houndtooth Riley
Chief Dan George as Old Bear
Pat Morita as Yamamoto
Tracy Bogart as Teenage Girl
Betty Ann Carr as Mary Little Cloud
Henry Darrow as Joe Little Cloud
Doodles Weaver as Cactus (Deputy Sheriff)
Uncredited cameo appearances
John Wayne as Himslf
Bob Hope and Eva Marie Saint appear in Cancel My Reservation and That Certain Feeling. Bob Hope appears in Cancel My Reservation and My Favorite Blonde. Bob Hope appears in Cancel My Reservation and Alias Jesse James. Bob Hope appears in Cancel My Reservation and They Got Me Covered. Bob Hope appears in Cancel My Reservation and Critics Choice.
Like most of Bob Hopes later movie efforts, Cancel My Reservation was not a success at the box office and was panned by critics. Hope and his wife Dolores attended the films premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (incidentally during a strike by the Musicians Union, which prevented the band or the Rockettes from performing) and he reputedly bemoaned that he was getting too old to play a leading man and therefore would not make another feature film.