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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.


(as Frederick de Cordova)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prof. Peter Boyd
Jane Linden
Prof. Hans Neumann
Lucille Barkley ...
Dr. Valerie Tillinghast
Dean Tillinghast
Herb Vigran ...
Police Lt. Daggett (as Herburt Vigran)
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 ...
Perc Launders ...


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 <>

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The funniest new idea on film since "FRANCIS!"


Comedy | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

28 September 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Apan August på äventyr  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Often used by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show (1962) when Ronald Reagan was president partly because the former president was directed by Frederick De Cordova who was also the producer of The Tonight Show. See more »


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


Hans Neumann: Who expects a psychologist to think? Especially when you are so busy thinking what you think other people are thinking.
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Featured in The Undertaker (1988) See more »

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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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