The Bobo (1967)

103 mins | Comedy | August 1967

Director:

Robert Parrish

Cinematographer:

Gerry Turpin

Production Designer:

Don Ashton

Production Company:

Gina Productions
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HISTORY

A 19 May 1965 Var article announced that producers Jerry Gershwin and Elliott Kastner had optioned the screen rights to David R. Schwartz’s play, The Bobo, previously held by playwright and director Moss Hart, since deceased. The following year, a 25 Mar 1966 DV item indicated that Marlon Brando had been cast. However, the 23 May 1966 DV made no mention of Brando when it reported that Peter Sellers was set to star. The 7 Jul 1966 DV added that Sellers planned to make his directorial debut with the film. His then wife, Britt Ekland, was cast as his co-star, as reported in a 9 Aug 1966 DV brief.
       On 21 Sep 1966, DV stated that filming would begin the next day at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy. However, a production chart in the 21 Oct 1966 DV claimed that shooting began on 3 Oct 1966, and listed Robert Parrish as the director. When filming in Rome was completed, production moved to Barcelona, Spain. The following year, an article in the 14 May 1967 LAT erroneously identified Sellers as the director.
       According to a 26 Jul 1967 Var news brief, Parrish wanted to make a sequel titled The Further Adventures of Olimpia, in which Britt Ekland would reprise the role of “Olimpia Segura.”
       An item in the 5 Jan 1967 DV noted that Marlon Brando’s secretary, Alice Marchak, was offered a role in the ... More Less

A 19 May 1965 Var article announced that producers Jerry Gershwin and Elliott Kastner had optioned the screen rights to David R. Schwartz’s play, The Bobo, previously held by playwright and director Moss Hart, since deceased. The following year, a 25 Mar 1966 DV item indicated that Marlon Brando had been cast. However, the 23 May 1966 DV made no mention of Brando when it reported that Peter Sellers was set to star. The 7 Jul 1966 DV added that Sellers planned to make his directorial debut with the film. His then wife, Britt Ekland, was cast as his co-star, as reported in a 9 Aug 1966 DV brief.
       On 21 Sep 1966, DV stated that filming would begin the next day at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy. However, a production chart in the 21 Oct 1966 DV claimed that shooting began on 3 Oct 1966, and listed Robert Parrish as the director. When filming in Rome was completed, production moved to Barcelona, Spain. The following year, an article in the 14 May 1967 LAT erroneously identified Sellers as the director.
       According to a 26 Jul 1967 Var news brief, Parrish wanted to make a sequel titled The Further Adventures of Olimpia, in which Britt Ekland would reprise the role of “Olimpia Segura.”
       An item in the 5 Jan 1967 DV noted that Marlon Brando’s secretary, Alice Marchak, was offered a role in the picture. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Mar 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 May 1966
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
7 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Aug 1966
p. 8.
Daily Variety
21 Sep 1966
p. 6.
Daily Variety
21 Oct 1966
p. 7.
Daily Variety
5 Jan 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 Apr 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 May 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 Jun 1967
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
14 May 1967
Section C, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1967
Section E, p. 20.
Los Angeles Times
18 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 17.
New York Times
26 Sep 1967.
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New York Times
29 Sep 1967.
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Variety
19 May 1965
p. 19.
Variety
15 Jun 1966
p. 5.
Variety
8 Jun 1966
p. 4.
Variety
26 Jul 1967
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jerry Gershwin-Elliott Kastner Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc to prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Mr. Sellers' makeup
Miss Ekland's makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod mgr
Asst to prod
Asst to prod
Dial dir
Dial dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Bobo by David R. Schwartz (production undetermined) and the novel Olimpia by Burt Cole (New York, 1959).
SONGS
"The Bulls of Salamanca" and "The Girl from Barcelona," music and lyrics by George Martin and Herbert Kretzmer
"Imagine" and "The Song of the Blue Matador," music and lyrics by Francis Lai and Sammy Cahn.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1967
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 11 August 1967
Los Angeles opening: 16 August 1967
New York opening: 28 September 1967
Production Date:
began 3 October 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Gina Productions
Copyright Date:
19 August 1967
Copyright Number:
LP35725
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
103
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Having failed to win fame in the bullring, impoverished Juan Bautista goes to Barcelona, Spain, in the hope of making a name for himself as a singing matador. So persistent is he that impresario Francisco Carbonell agrees to give him a booking if, within three days, he can seduce the beautiful Olimpia, Barcelona's most celebrated "courtesan." Undaunted by the fact that the young woman has become wealthy by bestowing nothing more than promises, Juan poses as the trusted emissary of a wealthy count who is prepared to pay a fortune just to meet Olimpia on a platonic level. Intrigued by the proposal, Olimpia accepts Juan's check for 25,000 pesetas and consents to meet the count. But when he fails to appear at each of their scheduled meetings, Olimpia is obliged to pass the time with Juan. On the third day, she purchases a mink coat with the check and, lightheaded from too much wine, invites Juan to spend the night with her. In the morning, however, she discovers that the check was worthless. When Juan confesses his guilt, the enraged Olimpia forces him at gunpoint to bathe in a tub of blue dye guaranteed to last for two years. Although Juan has won the wager, he is too much of a gentleman to give Carbonell the details of his night with Olimpia, and he loses his contract. Sometime later, Olimpia and Matabosch, one of her wealthy conquests, see a poster advertising Juan as Spain's only singing blue ... +


Having failed to win fame in the bullring, impoverished Juan Bautista goes to Barcelona, Spain, in the hope of making a name for himself as a singing matador. So persistent is he that impresario Francisco Carbonell agrees to give him a booking if, within three days, he can seduce the beautiful Olimpia, Barcelona's most celebrated "courtesan." Undaunted by the fact that the young woman has become wealthy by bestowing nothing more than promises, Juan poses as the trusted emissary of a wealthy count who is prepared to pay a fortune just to meet Olimpia on a platonic level. Intrigued by the proposal, Olimpia accepts Juan's check for 25,000 pesetas and consents to meet the count. But when he fails to appear at each of their scheduled meetings, Olimpia is obliged to pass the time with Juan. On the third day, she purchases a mink coat with the check and, lightheaded from too much wine, invites Juan to spend the night with her. In the morning, however, she discovers that the check was worthless. When Juan confesses his guilt, the enraged Olimpia forces him at gunpoint to bathe in a tub of blue dye guaranteed to last for two years. Although Juan has won the wager, he is too much of a gentleman to give Carbonell the details of his night with Olimpia, and he loses his contract. Sometime later, Olimpia and Matabosch, one of her wealthy conquests, see a poster advertising Juan as Spain's only singing blue matador. +

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