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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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Kate Denny
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Fat Freddy
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Albert Jonas
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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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September 1951 (USA)  »

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Symphonie en 6.35  »

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Trivia

When Jonas picks up Archie and goes to the Thrifty drug store to make a phone call, you can see the May Company Wilshire building in the background. Built in 1939 and located at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. at S. Fairfax Ave., it is a superb example of "Streamline Moderne" architecture. After a $250M renovation, it is scheduled to become the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017. The location of the Thrifty drug store is now occupied by the City National Bank building at 6100 Wilshire Blvd. See more »

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

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References Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) See more »

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Behave Yourself!
by Lew Spence and Buddy Ebsen
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A dog gone silly comedy that should have been much better
12 August 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

What talent, Shelley Winters, Farley Granger, William Demarest, Lon Chaney, Jr., Hans Conried, Elisha Cook, Jr., Allen Jenkins, Sheldon Leonard, Francis L. Sullivan, King Donovan. What an idea for a funny movie, having a stray dog get a newly married couple who have to live with the wife's obnoxious mother into all kinds of murder and intrigue. What a talented dog, Archie, right up there with Asta. What fine cinematography by James Wong Howe highlighting Wilshire Blvd in the early 1950's. Then what went wrong? One thing is a lack of comedy timing by Farley Granger who even overacts at time. Apparently he was using Jerry Lewis as his model, but was unable to come close to Jerry Lewis' élan. Other weaknesses involve the script and direction, by the same person, George Beck. In more capable hands Farley Granger could have been restrained and, given his acting ability, could have turned in a good comic performance. The script? With some revision it could have been a winner. As is, the best performances are by Elisha Cook, Jr., Hans Conried, and Shelley Winters, with the standout being by an uncredited canine who must have had a gifted trainer. This comedy is worth seeing if you don't expect too much.


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