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The Brass Bottle (1964)

After being released from his bottle by Harold Ventimore, the genie Fakrash commits himself to improving his new master's life. The only problem is that instead of helping Harold, Fakrash ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Keller

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Thomas Anstey Guthrie (novel) (as F. Anstey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... Harold Ventimore
Burl Ives ... Fakrash
Barbara Eden ... Sylvia Kenton
Kamala Devi ... Tezra
Edward Andrews ... Prof. Kenton
Richard Erdman ... Seymour Jenks
Kathie Browne ... Hazel Jenks
Ann Doran ... Martha Kenton
Philip Ober ... William Beevor
Parley Baer ... Samuel Wackerbath
Howard Smith ... Sen. Grindle
Lulu Porter ... Belly Dancer
Alex Gerry ... Dr. Travisley
Herb Vigran ... Eddie
Alan Dexter Alan Dexter ... Joe
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Storyline

After being released from his bottle by Harold Ventimore, the genie Fakrash commits himself to improving his new master's life. The only problem is that instead of helping Harold, Fakrash tends to get his master into more predicaments than he gets him out of. Written by Anonymous

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genie | based on novel | magic | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1964 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El ánfora mágica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Scarus,Universal Pictures 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

Ventimore's closing to Fakrash, "What we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly and it has little value" is a paraphrase of Thomas Paine, who said "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." in "The (American) Crisis", a pamphlet that he might have read as a schoolboy studying American revolution history. It is more famous for the phrase, "These are the times that try men's souls". See more »

Goofs

As the genie moves the fire hydrant, why is there a delay in the high pressure water spouting up? See more »

Quotes

Harold Ventimore: I *swear* to you there was a lunatic in this room.
Eddie: There still is.
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Fakrash Chant
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Gershenson
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Tony Randall gets the greatest gift in the world....yet inexplicably doesn't want it!
9 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Brass Bottle" is a silly film that is well worth seeing...even if it's leading character is a bit of a drip! It all begins when Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) buys a giant rosewater vessel to give to his father-in-law to be (Edward Andrews). Harold notices that the man already has one of these ancient containers and so he decides to keep it for himself. Later, when he gets home and opens it, out pops Mr. Fakrash (Burl Ives)...a real, live genie!! Now you'd think that Harold would ask him for power, money or a harem of sexy wives but instead he just wants the very affable Fakrash to leave him alone. But Fakrash insists on helping Harold...yet again and again this help only seems to make things worse. Now you sure would think Harold would ask for a few reasonable things...but again and again he just scolds Fakrash! Can Fakrash manage to help Harold while STILL avoiding creating nothing but chaos?!

The film is a cute bit of fantasy and Ives and Randall are quite enjoyable. Likewise, it's wonderful seeing co-stars such as Barbara Eden (just before she went on to TV fame in "I Dream of Jeanie") and the familiar Edward Andrews as her annoying father. Oh, and by the way, Andrews and Randall would be back together for an equally silly film, "Fluffy". Overall, quite fun and a nice bit of fantasy that will please all but the most serious-minded viewers.


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