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18 October 1971 (USA) See more »
She's a Sweet Little Mother! See more »
Bunny is a penniless widow who blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade. Soon the pair starts a successful crime spree, and the cops aren't turning a blind eye. | Add synopsis »
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Bette and Ernest together again, and it ain't no Catered Affair...It's "Bunny and Clod". See more (17 total) »


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Bette Davis ... Bunny O'Hare

Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Green - Gruenwald

Jack Cassidy ... Lieutenant Greeley
Joan Delaney ... R.J. Hart
Jay Robinson ... John C. Rupert

John Astin ... Ad
Reva Rose ... Lulu

Robert Foulk ... Commissioner Dingle
Brayden Linden ... Frank
Karen Mae Johnson ... Lola (as Karen Rae Johnson)
Francis R. Cody ... Rhett (as Francis Cody)
Darra Lyn Tobin ... Elvira (as Darra Lynn Tobin)
Hank Whickham ... Speed
J. Rob Jordan ... Policeman Nerdman
David Cargo ... State Trooper Cargo (as Governor David Cargo)
Herb Marlis ... Lloyd
Bruno VeSota ... Lab Technician
Robert Ball ... Bellhop
Jose Ramirez ... Border Guard (as Carlos Jose Ramirez)
David Rain ... Teller
Madeline A. Russo ... Little Old Lady

Bud Ekins ... Cedar Crest Bank Guard
Ann La Fan ... Scared Lady (as Ann Lafan)
Gene Krischer ... Hippie w / Bird
Grady Hill ... Gas Station Attendant
Cordy Garcia ... Officer Gonzales
Robert Mader ... Officer At Roadblock (as Sergeant Robert Mader)
Carol Smith ... Ad's Girlfriend #1
Randi Proctor ... Ad's Girlfriend #2
Luanne Roberts ... Ad's Girlfriend #3
Barbara Raines ... Ad's Girlfriend #4

Larry Linville ... Max (Collector #1)

Tony Genaro ... Collector #2
Robert Isenberg ... Collector #3 (as Bob Isenberg)

Buck Kartalian ... Sensitivity Group

Irene Byatt ... Sensitivity Group (as Irenee Byatt)
Roberta Reeves ... Sensitivity Group
Ed Call ... Sensitivity Group
Robert Baur ... Sensitivity Group

Directed by
Gerd Oswald 
Writing credits
Stanley Z. Cherry (screenplay) &
Coslough Johnson (screenplay)

Stanley Z. Cherry (story "Bunny and Billy")

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Norman T. Herman .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Gerd Oswald .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Strange 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs 
John M. Stephens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Garr 
Makeup Department
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist
Beau Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Aldworth .... production manager
Elliot Schick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daisy Gerber .... second assistant director
Rusty Meek .... assistant director
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master: on location
Allan Gordon .... property master: Hollywood
Harry Reif .... set dressing
Ernie Sawyers .... second prop man: Hollywood
Sound Department
William S. Johnson .... boom man: on location
Richard Overton .... sound mix: Hollywood (as Dick Overton)
Howard Warren .... sound mixer: on location
Wilmarth Wilmarth .... boom man: Hollywood
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
George Baldwin .... gaffer: on-location
William C. Bohny .... first assistant camera: on-location
Richard Borland .... company grip: on-location (as Richard J. Borland)
Michael Dugan .... camera operator: second unit
Roy Hogstedt .... second assistant camera: on-location
Jack Kizer .... camera operator: on-location
Don Marshall .... gaffer: Hollywood
Kyme Meade .... camera operator: Hollywood
John Murray .... company grip: Hollywood
Mason Sperry .... dolly grip
Alex Touyarot .... assistant camera: Hollywood
Ken John Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Garr .... wardrobe
Music Department
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Dale Raos .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Astin .... creative consultant

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Spain:88 min | USA:91 min | West Germany:81 min (theatrical version)
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Did You Know?

While the robbers are in town, a movie marquee behind them shows the title playing as "The Case of the Missing Bank Robber". Ernest Borgnine's character is a wanted bank robber and prison escapee.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Bunny is being tossed around in the back of Bill's camper when he tries to sneak away from her, the three cans of beer on the little table remain firmly in place.See more »
Bunny O'Hare:The bank took it away.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Prime Cut (1972)See more »
Leave It All BehindSee more »


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Bette and Ernest together again, and it ain't no Catered Affair...It's "Bunny and Clod"., 16 November 2002
Author: mark.waltz from United States

That, of course, is a reference to the first of two films which they did, where Bette spoke with an accent that Meryl Streep would never envy. This second film together, made 15 years after the more well remembered drama, is an obscure action comedy which didn't get enough attention to even rank a nice ad in the New York Times. (Investigating this film, I was stunned to find an ad the size of my thumb nail in microfilmed copies at my local library). Based upon the fact that the two of them were both Oscar Winners and that co-star Jack Cassidy was a popular Broadway performer, this obviously was way even below "B" grade to warrant such lack of publicity.

Reviews, of course, were no better. Bette is seen as the opening credits closed pleading with the bank not to foreclose on her home. Of course, she can't get a word in edgewise when she contacts her daughter (Reva Rose, who had just come off of playing Lucy in Off-Broadway's "Your a Good Man Charlie Brown") since the phone man disconnects her. When she calls back a second time, the cat is eating her son-in- law's breakfast with the guy sitting right there paying no attention, and the daughter has to rush off. Then, as she is finally getting around to telling her daughter what is going on, a tractor plows the house down. Ernest Borgnine, as the plummer taking out the toilet, offers her a ride to wherever she needs to go, and before he knows it, she has basically become his guest. He tries to get rid of her, but every time he makes an attempt, she some how manages to get back in his trailer. Thanks to a bumpy ride in the back of the trailer, she learns of his past as a bank robber wanted for escaping from prison, and subtly blackmails him into training her on the art of robbing banks.

In a rather funny sequence, we see Bette going through all sorts of indignities (running in unglamorous sweats; climbing on monkey bars; and not at all looking like the actress who played all those feisty Warner Brothers heroines in the 30's and 40's.) Even Margo Channing would have never allowed herself to be profiled this way! Noticing a group of hippies protesting the Bank of New Mexico, Davis and Borgnine use their looks to disguise themselves. Nobody seems to notice the lines around Davis's mouth which make it appear she is older, so the local police are on the look-out for young hippies. A funny note about Reva Rose's looks as Bette's daughter; She was a strange choice considering that Ms. Rose is obviously Jewish, and Ms. Davis was obviously not. It's one of those howlingly funny details not considered that make "Bunny O'Hare" comically bad. While John Astin as her son is much more believable (Gomez Addams as Bette's son---how appropriate!), his one-dimensional portrayal seems taken from Dick Shawn's portrayal of Ethel Merman's stupid son in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".

A string of scantily clad women are on and off as the latest woman in his life, making Astin a cad the writers obviously used to make the point of how children use and depend on their parents too much, no matter what they are going through themselves. Then, there is Jack Cassidy's oh-so-stupid police commissioner. His opening scene giving a speech to his underlings is oh-so-badly written; Cassidy obviously was by this time becoming a caricatured of his off- screen persona, much like John Barrymore many years before. And when he openly sexually harasses the seemingly willing Joan Delaney (as the younger new female cop assigned to help him capture Davis and Borgnine), he just takes the character into dimensions that would have today's film audiences up in arms. Delaney is supposed to be smarter than Cassidy, but her willingness to be used in this way is destructive to her character. And the finale where all four come together is made unbelievable by what occurs. The cops are presented as buffoons, and Davis, using the money she steals to help her worthless children, isn't too bright, either. The very last scene does have a payoff in that aspect, one of the only good developments which happens towards the end.

In the early 1970's, veteran stars (Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Kate Hepburn, Olivia DeHavilland, Joan Bennett, and Bette) were all working; Hepburn and Stanwyck pretty much remained unscathed, while Bennett's "Dark Shadows" was still a hit no matter what the critics thought. DeHavilland sensibly took on smaller parts, but Crawford and Davis simply took any leading script they could get their hands on. If there were awards for "Most embarrassing role for a veteran star", Joan Crawford would have won for 1970's "Trog", and Bette would have won for 1971's "Bunny O'Hare". Watch for a chance to laugh at the buffoonery which takes 91 minutes to unravel. It's evidence that the old system of Hollywood wasn't too bad, and what was to follow this era of film trash could only get better.

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