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Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 5 April 1951 (USA)
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A college professor attempts to salvage his personal and professional reputation by using a laboratory chimpanzee to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Director:

Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)

Writers:

Ted Berkman (story), Raphael Blau (story) (as Raphael David Blau) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Reagan ... Prof. Peter Boyd
Diana Lynn ... Jane Linden
Walter Slezak ... Prof. Hans Neumann
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Dr. Valerie Tillinghast
Jesse White ... Babcock
Herbert Heyes ... Dean Tillinghast
Herb Vigran ... Police Lt. Daggett (as Herburt Vigran)
Harry Tyler ... Knucksy Breckenridge
Edward Clark ... Professor Fosdick (as Ed Clark)
Edward Gargan ... Policeman Bill (as Ed Gargan)
Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin ... Mr. DeWitt
Brad Browne Brad Browne ... Chief of Police
Elizabeth Flournoy Elizabeth Flournoy ... Miss Swithen (as Elizabeth Flourney)
Howard Banks Howard Banks ... Policeman
Perc Launders Perc Launders ... Fireman
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Storyline

Professor Peter Boyd's engagement to the Dean's daughter is upset by the revelation that his father was a habitual convict. To prove the Dean's genetic theory of inherited traits as wrong, Boyd starts a 'secret' experiment. He borrows the science department's chimpanzee with the goal of showing that it is one's environment that affects your reaction to right and wrong. Written by Richard Stephens <richards@metronet.com>

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THEY ADOPTED A BABY CHIMP!...and it's the FUNNIEST THING adapted for the screen since "FRANCIS"! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apan August på äventyr See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The popular Ramones song Bonzo Goes To Bitburg is written about Ronald Reagan and refers to Reagan as Bonzo because of the controversy over putting a wreath on a Nazi graveyard in Bitburg. The reason why is because people found it to be unacceptable for a United States president to show any remorse for the Nazis. See more »

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When Bonzo is passed through the window, he has a skirt on that soon disappears. See more »

Quotes

Peter Boyd: By golly, I'm the richest man in six counties.
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Actually Quite Entertaining
12 January 2000 | by mikemotoSee all my reviews

I found this to be a rather cute comedy, which has gotten a bit of a strange reputation owing to the fact that the "Gipper" plays an unusual role. But Reagan does play comedy well (it's unfortunate that he didn't make more comedies in his day), and Walter Slezak is amusing in a nice, if a bit stereotypical kind of part as his German professor/mentor.


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