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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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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 ...
Fireman
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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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28 September 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Apan August på äventyr  »

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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 »

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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: The dean has asked me to quietly resign at the end of the term.
Hans Neumann: But that's a complete nonsensicality!
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Referenced in Fame: Hail to the Chief (1983) See more »

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this movie is better than all the negative hype makes it sound
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Am I going to say this is a fantastic movie or high art? Of course not. However, over the years a sort of lore has emerged that is WAY OUT OF PROPORTION to the quality of the movie. Mostly because of Johhny Carson's repeated jokes at the expense of the movie during the Reagan years, people have incorrectly assumed it is a bad flick and that is far from true! It is, in fact, a cute family movie that's amazingly good for what it is. The story is very simple and engaging despite it being a chimp movie. A professor (Reagan) wants to show that people are a product of their upbringing not genetics. This is because the professor's father was a criminal and he desperately wants to prove that goodness is a learned choice, not pre-determined. He gets the idea to bring a chimp into his home and try to teach him right from wrong BUT because he is just a single man, he hires a woman (Diana Lynn) to pose as the mommy and he becomes Bonzo's surrogate dad. It's actually quite well-made fluff, and the President had no reason to be ashamed of this movie (though there were several films that I would argue might have brought him SOME shame).


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