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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?

Director:

George Beck

Writers:

George Beck (screenplay), George Beck (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Farley Granger ... William Calhoun 'Bill' Denny
Shelley Winters ... Kate Denny
William Demarest ... Officer O'Ryan
Francis L. Sullivan ... Fat Freddy
Margalo Gillmore ... Mother
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Pinky (as Lon Chaney)
Hans Conried ... Norbert 'Gillie the Blade' Gillespie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Albert Jonas
Glenn Anders ... Pete the Pusher
Allen Jenkins ... Plainclothesman
Sheldon Leonard ... Shortwave Bert
Marvin Kaplan ... Max the Umbrella
Archie Archie ... The Dog
Henry Corden ... Numi
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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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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr and Shelley Winters would be reunited in I Died A Thousand Times (1955). See more »

Goofs

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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Second Half Goes Off The Rails
26 June 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The plot's something about a go-between dog that gets lost from its two smuggler gangs and finds a home, sort of, with a young couple.

Granger strives mightily to put the mad in madcap, but unfortunately it's too mightily. His incessant mugging in the latter half not only gets tiresome but amounts to unfunny desperation. Actually, the real problem with this misfire--as others point out--lies with director-writer Beck. In short, the screenplay is much too congested, probably to insert the many first-rate supporting players who could have provided real laughs if properly directed and defined. Instead, the likes of Leonard, Conreid, Cook, Jenkins, are largely wasted by a turgid screenplay. Only grouchy Demarest and sarcastic Gillmore manage to register. Winters' comedic talents are also largely wasted as the neglected wife, a role a hundred lesser actresses could have filled.

Looks like the producers were intent on promoting Granger's career since he monopolizes the screen time. Looks also like he was trying to expand his range into comedy. Too bad the package doesn't work. At the same time, judging by his credits, the actor quickly returned to drama, and being the bobby-sox idol he was so good at. Anyway, I hope they gave Archie triple treats for his lively tail-wagging turn. He may not be a glamorous Lassie, but he'll sure do.


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September 1951 (USA) See more »

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