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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?


Ralph Levy




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
Ilze Taurins ... Hilda (as Ilse Taurins)
Francine York ... Gina


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 Sin-tillating Capers of Two Cunning Con Men who Fleeced the Sexiest Chicks on the Riviera...until each decided to become king of the mountain ! See more »




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Beaumont Sur Mer is the fictional name given to Beaulieu-sur-Mer - a resort town, between Nice, France, and Monaco, on the French Riviera. See more »


Freddy Benson: I say it's time for a change. Let's live off them awhile. Let them give us the money. Now, that probably shocks a guy like you, don't it?
Lawrence Jameson: It's rather a revolutionary thought. But how do we go about affecting this change?
Freddy Benson: [Chuckles] Ah, dad, you're so brainwashed it's pathetic.
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Brando said, "The most fun I ever had making a film"!
25 July 2010 | by mingusbluesSee all my reviews

I was ten when the movie came out, my dad encouraged me to watch it years later when it played on television. I was hooked...

Brando is uproarious as the American GI in Europe, an egotist, sometimes crude, a hustler, preying on gorgeous woman through sympathy, his good looks and his almost pathetic hilarious charm....David Niven is the slick, cool, rich charming Englishman and yes, he's also as conniving as Brando. Though Niven is a bit smarter than "Freddy" (Brando) - It makes for a weird but funny and brief partnership between Niven and Brando, to seduce & fleece some very rich, sometimes beautiful, but always naive, trusting & very willing women.

And thus begins an even funnier competition between Brando and Niven, as the movie really gets rolling along...as each character underestimates the other in cons and setups, then untimely outwits the other...all the way until the final twist of an ironic and funny ending to the film.

Yes, there are indeed a couple of silly and corny scenes...but overall the movie is a very funny farce, as enjoyable & well written comedy to come out of that early 60's era, (1964) or any era for that matter....Brando is truly terrific - Accept no substitutes, i.e., "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"!

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Release Date:

21 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

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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 (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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