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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Freddy Benson

David Niven ... Lawrence Jameson

Shirley Jones ... Janet Walker

Dody Goodman ... Fanny Eubank
Aram Stephan ... Andre

Parley Baer ... Col. Williams

Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Sutton
Rebecca Sand ... Miss Trumble

Frances Robinson ... Miss Harrington
Henry Slate ... Sattler

Norman Alden ... Dubin

Susanne Cramer ... Anna

Cynthia Lynn ... Frieda
Ilse Taurins ... Hilda

Francine York ... Gina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Banner ... Burgermeister (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Arthur, the Butler (uncredited)
Brigitte Borkowski ... German Twin (uncredited)
Helga Borkowski ... German Twin (uncredited)

Barbara Bouchet ... German Girl (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Croupier (uncredited)

Albert Carrier ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Danica D'Hondt ... Miss Knudsen (uncredited)

Jean Del Val ... Croupier (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Extra (uncredited)
Wesley Gale ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Ray Hemphill ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Gladys Holland ... Woman on Train (uncredited)
Gita Kammann ... German Girl (uncredited)
Elise Kraal ... German Girl (uncredited)
Dan Krohn ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ... Steward (uncredited)
Eleanor Leplat ... Ballet Teacher (uncredited)

Vitina Marcus ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Croupier (uncredited)
Pamela Matthews ... Miss Weddell (uncredited)
Gigi Michel ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Jan Moriarty ... Kathy (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Eddie Ness ... Tuttle (uncredited)
Mustapha Pasha ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Thano Rama ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Don Ross ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Gene Roth ... German (uncredited)
Françoise Ruggieri ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Smiley ... Clerk (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Beverly St. Lawrence ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Sirry Steffen ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Paul Toenniges ... Violin Maker (uncredited)
Mijanou Veine ... German Girl (uncredited)
Frank E. Wall ... Silversmith (uncredited)
Ronald Waller ... Kralich (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Levy 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro  and
Paul Henning 

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... executive producer
Stanley Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter 
Cinematography by
Clifford Stine 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kenneth L. Grossman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Léo L. Fuchs .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Almost twenty-five years after this film was released, it was remade as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), with Michael Caine and Steve Martin as the two new leads.See more »


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BEDTIME STORY (Ralph Levy, 1964) ***, 22 December 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Before tackling the film proper, I'd like to point out some fascinating trivia first: originally, this was planned with Cary Grant and Rock Hudson in mind who were to compete for Doris Day and, allegedly, it was almost revived as a starring vehicle for (brace yourselves) David Bowie and Mick Jagger (!!)…before saner minds prevailed and we got DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988) – with Michael Caine and Steve Martin replacing David Niven and Marlon Brando respectively – instead. Anyway, the premise was quite original at the time – rival con-men decide to collaborate but clash over fleecing a woman who turns out to be poor – and the film itself was actually better than I was expecting: in any case, "The most vulgar and embarrassing film of the year" – as The Daily Express had deemed the film on its release – it certainly wasn't!

Given that BEDTIME STORY was one of Brando's efforts from his lean period (and, uncharacteristically, a comedy at that), I didn't have high hopes for it initially – especially since some of the other "comedies" I had seen Brando in had been pretty desperate attempts: A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG (1967) and CANDY (1968; see above). Still, that the Method actor was capable of handling lighter material than the brooding dramas he was best-known for, was already evident early on in his career with GUYS AND DOLLS (1955) and THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON (1956), but this is perhaps his most engaging performance in this field; that said, it's rather disquieting to see him mugging like a Jerry Lewis wannabe (when posing as Niven's half-wit brother)! His co-star isn't particularly taxed by his role – having often played the roué, it's one he could have done in his sleep – but he's always good value in this type of light entertainment; ditto Shirley Jones, who plays it more or less straight.

The delightful opening, lending fairy-tale connotations to the narrative (hence the title) and the various schemes by which the two male stars attempt to outwit one another in order to obtain Jones' favors (and, in the process, her money) constitute the film's highlights; these include the famous scene in which Brando poses as a paraplegic – recalling his celebrated debut performance in Fred Zinnemann's powerful social drama THE MEN (1950) – as a result of which Jones arranges for him to be "cured" by renowned shrink Niven!

I watched the film via the R2 DVD from Orbit Media, presenting the Universal film in a full-screen format; I haven't been able to ascertain what the original aspect ratio was, but I didn't find the compositions overly compromised; for the record, BEDTIME STORY is still unavailable on R1 DVD and one wonders what held it from being included in Universal's four-film 2-Disc Set of "The Marlon Brando Franchise Collection"...

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