Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) Poster


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Harvey (1950)
Walter Slezak mentions seeing a non-existent six foot rabbit.

Referenced in 

Bewitched: Going Ape (1969) (TV Episode)
The little boy who owns the chimpanzee says his name is Bonzo, the same as in the notorious Ronald Reagan movie.
M*A*S*H: Sticky Wicket (1973) (TV Episode)
Henry signs a form to request the movies "Bedtime for Bonzo" and "Love Life of a Gorilla."
Saturday Night Live: Richard Pryor/Gil Scott-Heron (1975) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Strother Martin/The Specials (1980) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Invation of the Brain Snatchers
Gimme a Break!: The Centerfold: Part 1 (1983) (TV Episode)
Mary Beth mentions then-President Reagan's appearance in this film defending herself.
Fame: Hail to the Chief (1983) (TV Episode)
Morloch to Reardon: 'No Bedtime for Bonzo jokes, agreed?'
Salvador (1986)
Dr. Rock refers to Ronald Reagan as a "straight man to a chimpanzee" referencing his role in "Bedtime for Bonzo."
Reagan: Let's Finish the Job: Episode #1.4 (1986) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Stewart mentions Ronald Reagan playing second banana to a chimp
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987) (Video Game)
One of the questions in the age verification test is "Who starred in Bedtime for Bonzo?".
Punky Brewster: Punky's Big Story (1987) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
15 Minutes: Show #4 (1987) (TV Episode)
The Ramones' "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" uses the chimp of the film as a disparaging reference to then-President Ronald Reagan for his visit to a Nazi war cemetery in Bitburg, Germany.
Big Man on Campus (1989)
Alex shuts off the TV and tells Bob "Bedtime for Bonzo" to go to bed
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "'Bedtime for Bonzo'!"
Article 99 (1992)
John McGinley's character mentions this
Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994) (Video)
mentioned when talking about Ronald Reagan
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Pearl refers to Prof. Bobo as "Bonzo."
1st Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review (1997) (TV Short)
Bobo names it as a quality film.
Freaks and Geeks: Carded and Discarded (2000) (TV Episode)
Bill talks about watching it
The Reagans (2003) (TV Movie)
Reagan is shown rehearsing with the Chimp (Bonzo) at the start of the movie.
The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! (2008) (TV Movie)
Blossom mentions the name as the girls fly to stop Mojo Jojo.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
seen written next to a picture of Ronald Reagan
American Dad!: Return of the Bling (2010) (TV Episode)
Stan keeps a poster of this movie in a theca dedicated to his hero, 'Ronald Reagan', actually starring in this movie
Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) (TV Movie)
Photo of Ronald Reagan with the chimpanzee shown.
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: Tear Down These Walls (2013) (TV Episode)
List with poster art of Ronald Reagan films is shown.
The Cinema Snob: Driller: A Sexual Thriller (2014) (TV Episode)
Snob points out a veiled reference
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue by Joan when she's putting young Bobby to bed.
Fargo: The Gift of the Magi (2015) (TV Episode)
Nick Offerman's character: "I'm not shaking his hand. The man made a movie with a monkey. It wouldn't be dignified."
Granite Flats: Some Intricate Purpose (2015) (TV Episode)
Alice says, "Bedtime for all us Bonzos!"
Land Van Lubbers: Kruisraketten nooit! (2016) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned several times by Lubber's son in connection with Ronald Reagan
The Cinema Snob: Going Bananas (2016) (TV Episode)
Snob says he'd rather be watching this monkey movie
The Cinema Snob: That Nazty Nuisance (2017) (TV Episode)
"Bedtime for Hitler is one of Reagan's worst movies."

Featured in 

It's Showtime (1976)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Ronald Reagan chides his monkey, Bonzo.
Smithereens (1982)
"Bedtime for Bonzo" is playing on a black-and-white television set.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Harry is watching the movie and laughing
The Undertaker (1988)
Clips shown on TV screen

Spoofed in 

Genesis: Land of Confusion (1986) (Video)
Ronald Reagan has a pet chimpanzee.
Bumbledown: The Lives and Times of Ronald Reagan (1989)
shows Ronald Reagan's character dancing around, eating a banana, and Bonzo next to him - in reference to a past movie role

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