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Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

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College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

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(as Frederick de Cordova)

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Prof. Peter Boyd
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Jane Linden
Walter Slezak ...
Prof. Hans Neumann
Lucille Barkley ...
Dr. Valerie Tillinghast
Jesse White ...
Babcock
Herbert Heyes ...
Dean Tillinghast
Herb Vigran ...
Police Lt. Daggett (as Herburt Vigran)
Harry Tyler ...
Knucksy Breckenridge
Edward Clark ...
Professor Fosdick (as Ed Clark)
Edward Gargan ...
Policeman Bill (as Ed Gargan)
Joel Friedkin ...
Mr. DeWitt
Brad Browne ...
Chief of Police
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Miss Swithen (as Elizabeth Flourney)
Howard Banks ...
Policeman
Perc Launders ...
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Professor Peter Boyd's engagement to the Dean's daughter is upset by the revelation that his father was a habitual convict. To prove the Dean's genetic theory of inherited traits as wrong, Boyd starts a 'secret' experiment. He borrows the science department's chimpanzee with the goal of showing that it is one's environment that affects your reaction to right and wrong. Written by Richard Stephens <richards@metronet.com>

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The funniest new idea on film since "FRANCIS!"

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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28 September 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Apan August på äventyr  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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During the 1980 US Presidential campaign when Ronald Reagan was the Republican nominee; this film suddenly became extremely popular again and was frequently shown on television. The joke in Washington was that "Bedtime for Bonzo" was a "favorite of old movie buffs and Democrats". See more »

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When Bonzo is passed through the window, he has a skirt on that soon disappears. See more »

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Peter Boyd: I'm going to make that old man change his attitude if it takes till I'm 90.
Hans Neumann: Good, Peter. Good, good.
Peter Boyd: Of course, Valerie probably won't be interested in me when I'm 90.
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Hang Out with Bonzo
9 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Are we a product of our surroundings or are we born the way we are going to be? This issue is the driving force behind this intelligent and thought-provoking film that delves into what other films only think about doing.

Okay, now really. If you want a pleasant, family-oriented fun little film, then this is for you. Been made fun of as one of Reagan's bombs, it's not nearly as bad as it might sound.

When a university professor is judged for his father's criminal tendencies, he is insulted and proceeds to conduct an experiment with Bonzo, the college lab "mascot" to see if a chimp can be taught right and wrong. Diana Lynn (from Martin & Lewis' "My Friend Irma" and "You're Never Too Young") is perfect as the "nanny" hired to help out with Bonzo. Reagan is engaged to the dean's daughter, but well, you can guess the rest. So, sit back and let Bonzo swing from tree to tree and forget your troubles.


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