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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

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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The funniest new idea on film since "FRANCIS!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

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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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During the 1980 US Presidential campaign when Ronald Reagan was the Republican nominee; this film suddenly became extremely popular again and was frequently shown on television. The joke in Washington was that "Bedtime for Bonzo" was a "favorite of old movie buffs and Democrats". See more »

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

Quotes

Hans Neumann: [to Bonzo] What am I going to do with you? Papa is in jail, and by now they're giving him the 13th degree.
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Quite charming
6 January 2019 | by Chance_Boudreaux19See all my reviews

I put on this movie expecting to mock it for how ridiculous it is and laugh out loud at it stupidity. Surprisingly I actually found myself caring for the characters and what will happen to them. Yes, this movie is quite dumb and yes, it is entirely predictable but it has a certain charming quality to it that makes it entertaining. I don't recommend it to bad movie lovers as it's not terrible, I recommend it to those looking for a harmless, lighthearted movie that will make you smile a few times.


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