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Behave Yourself! (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | September 1951 (USA)
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:
Kate Denny
Officer O'Ryan
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Fat Freddy
Pinky (as Lon Chaney)
Norbert 'Gillie the Blade' Gillespie
Albert Jonas
Pete the Pusher
Shortwave Bert
Max the Umbrella
Archie ...
Himself - Dog


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!


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

September 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Symphonie en 6.35  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Classic pin-up artist, Alberto Vargas, painted the film's original poster. See more »


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 »

Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with the words "Cast, in the order of their disappearance". See more »


References Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) See more »


Behave Yourself!
by Lew Spence and Buddy Ebsen
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To loud, too shrill and not terribly funny.
2 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When you think of comedy, you don't normally think of Farley Granger nor Shelly Winters. Neither (especially Granger) were terribly funny people and here the film just seems forced...and annoying.

When the film begins, some gangsters have a dumb idea to use a dog to pass on information. But things go awry and the dog instead follows Bill (Granger) home. Eventually, this all leads to murders, some counterfeit money as well as the police.

None of this film is funny and again and again they chose to be loud instead of funny. Winters and Granger yell a lot as well as horribly overact...so much so that the film was very difficult to enjoy. Overall, a very forced and unfunny film.

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