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Bedtime Story (1964)

Two scam artists prey on women for their money. They clash in a Mediterranean hot spot. Will the cultured, high-class con artist come out on top, or will the rough small-change scammer rise to win the wager?

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Ralph Levy
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Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Freddy Benson
David Niven ... Lawrence Jameson
Shirley Jones ... Janet Walker
Dody Goodman ... Fanny Eubank
Aram Stephan Aram Stephan ... Andre
Parley Baer ... Col. Williams
Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Sutton
Rebecca Sand Rebecca Sand ... Miss Trumble
Frances Robinson ... Miss Harrington
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Sattler
Norman Alden ... Dubin
Susanne Cramer ... Anna
Cynthia Lynn ... Frieda
Ilse Taurins ... Hilda
Francine York ... Gina
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Storyline

Benson is a Casanova who despises women and invents all sorts of tricks to bed them and leave them. His favorite one is going through Germany posing as an American GI of Teutonic extraction. Whenever he spots a girl he likes, he takes a Polarod picture of her house, knocks on the door waving the photo and pretending to be on a pilgrimage to this very cottage his grandmother so vividly described. It is an infallible system for a hit-and-run seduction. Benson seems content with his game until he meets Jameson, a real operator who has learned to combine sex with money. Jameson poses as an exiled prince and not only gets women to share his bed but also to bestow their jewels on him for the sake of the counterrevolution. Benson decides to corner Jameson's market on sex plus finance. A contest develops, and whoever wins will dominate a small Riviera resort as "King of the Mountain," the film's original title. Remade in 1988 as "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Written by alfiehitchie

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The Funniest story ever put Between bed covers ! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before Marlon Brando and David Niven, Universal Pictures had lined up Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis for the leads in this movie; they had both co-starred the previous year in Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). Curtis had been one of Universal's most successful contract players, and Peck had just won the Oscar and given them a huge box-office success with To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). See more »

Quotes

Freddy Benson: Look, daddy... you wanna play 'Robin Hood,' okay. But don't shoot my arrows. There's one thing the archaeologists aren't gonna dig up and that's Freddy's money, 'cause I'm spending it right now. So, hand it over, tax-free.
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True comedy with Brando as an outstandingly funny actor
27 October 2006 | by szondygSee all my reviews

Forget "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"! That is a mere imitation and a poor one at that. This is the original and by far one of the most outstanding comedies on film.

There is no foul language, violence, gratuitous sex or any other artifice. Bedtime Story really relies on nothing more than a great script and outstanding actors. I have seen the movie many times since my childhood and I am happy to say that my children (both adults now) also share my views.

Just buy the DVD (freely available from the UK - why not the USA????? Shame, shame).


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