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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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Comedy | Family | Romance

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28 September 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Apan August på äventyr  »

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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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Knucksy Breckenridge: [referring to Boyd's father] When he was buried, there wasn't a dry eye in the cellblock.
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Actually Quite Entertaining
12 January 2000 | by (Fort Worth, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a rather cute comedy, which has gotten a bit of a strange reputation owing to the fact that the "Gipper" plays an unusual role. But Reagan does play comedy well (it's unfortunate that he didn't make more comedies in his day), and Walter Slezak is amusing in a nice, if a bit stereotypical kind of part as his German professor/mentor.


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