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Behave Yourself! (1951)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  September 1951 (USA)
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When a cute Welsh terrier follows Bill Denny home, little does he know that all gangland has its eye on that dog. Who will be bumbling Bill's undoing - the gangsters, the cops, or his suspicious mother-in-law?

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Complete credited cast:
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William Calhoun 'Bill' Denny
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Kate Denny
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Officer O'Ryan
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Fat Freddy
Margalo Gillmore ...
Mother
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Pinky (as Lon Chaney)
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Robert 'Gillie the Blade' Gillespie
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Albert Jonas
Glenn Anders ...
Pete the Pusher
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Plainclothesman
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Shortwave Bert
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Max the Umbrella
Archie ...
Himself - Dog
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Beyond living in his disapproving mother-in-law's house while he establishes his accounting career, Bill Denny is happily married to Kate Denny, the two who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary. Bill thinks he's come home without a present for Kate since a stray Welsh terrier caused a ruckus in the store where he was going to buy the present. However Kate believes her anniversary present is the terrier who followed Bill home and who Kate eventually names Archie. What neither Bill or Kate is aware of is that the terrier escaped from its owners, a bunch a smugglers who trained the terrier to be the contact for the switch between the smuggled goods and the money. Bill does whatever he can to get rid of the terrier as he and Archie don't get along. Meanwhile, the people buying the smuggled goods believe the smugglers have swindled them since the terrier has not made contact. So when ads appear in the lost and found section about a missing Welsh terrier, Bill, in trying to ... Written by Huggo

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OH! The things that go ON ... and ON ... and ON!

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Comedy | Crime

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Plot hinges on a small trained dog who is shipped to Los Angeles by crooks, with message that if dog is walked on Wilshire Boulevard, he will lead crooks to their criminal contact. However, Wilshire is one of city's longest streets (16 miles) and instructions don't indicate either what area of this street dog is to be walked or even which side, meaning the dog would conceivably have to be walked 32 miles. See more »

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Behave Yourself!
by Lew Spence and Buddy Ebsen
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... and it was all the dog's fault!
28 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A snappy enough feature teaming Shelley Winters with Farley Granger, as a newly-married couple still living with the mother-in-law from hell. He accidentally acquires a dog which she assumes is an anniversary present, when 'Archie' is a prop for a criminal gang to find some booty.

You can see the pattern here. Everyone who wants the dog back gets murdered - and our hapless husband is always there, leaving his visiting card behind (!), while the Irish policeman (who calls everyone O' something or other, ho ho, not a stereotype there then) doesn't believe a word ...

With character players like Elisha Cook Jr, Francis L Sullivan, Han Conreid, and the like, this film is fun to watch, but ultimately a little lightweight.


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