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
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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 »
When Bonzo is passed through the window, he has a skirt on that soon disappears. See more »
Who expects a psychologist to think? Especially when you are so busy thinking what you think other people are thinking.
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Lightweight comedy of a college professor (Ronald Reagan) trying to teach a chimpanzee right and wrong (with the aid of pretty Diana Lynn and fellow professor Walter Slezak) to prove an experiment in environment vs. genetics. Hardly anyone's finest hour as an actor, but "Bedtime For Bonzo" still entertains in a Saturday afternoon matinee sort of way. Totally innocuous and harmless film, passable acting, generally no better or worse than the many other "B" movies cranked out by Universal in the 1950's.
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