Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • Prof. Peter Boyd is engaged to brainy dean's daughter Valerie. But the Dean wants the engagement ended when he finds that Peter's father was a crook. To prove that environment is more important than heredity, Peter adopts lab chimp Bonzo and vows to "teach this monkey the difference between right and wrong." He hires young nursemaid Jane Linden to "mother" Bonzo; but will Valerie understand if she finds Jane about the house?

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
  • 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.

    - Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)


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