Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)




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Forget what you've been led to believe: Bedtime for Bonzo is a most enjoyable film, and Ronald Reagan is not outacted by the chimpanzee. Reagan is cast as psychology professor whose reputation is sullied by the fact that his father was a convict. To prove that environment rather than heredity dictates a man's personality, Reagan uses Bonzo the chimp to test out his theories. The hairy little guy seems to be responding to the kindnesses lavished upon him--and then he is accused of robbery. Reagan … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Breslow, Val Burton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2002
Warner Bros.


Ronald Reagan

as Prof. Peter Boyd
Diana Lynn

as Jane Linden
Walter Slezak

as Prof. Hans Neumann
Lucille Barkley

as Valerie Tillinghast
Jesse White

as Babcock
Herbert Heyes

as Dean Tillinghast
Herb Vigran

as Lt. Daggett
Harry Tyler

as Knicksy
Edward Clark

as Fosdick
Edward Gargan

as Policeman
Joel Friedkin

as Mr. DeWitt
Brad Browne

as Chief of Police
Elizabeth Flournoy

as Miss Swithen
Howard Banks

as Policeman
Brad Johnson

as Student
Billy Mauch

as Student
Ann Tyrrell

as Telephone Operator
Bridget Carr

as Girl in car
Larry Carr

as Student
Larry Crane

as Student
Jack Gargan

as Teacher
Steve Wayne

as Student
Tommy Bond

as Student
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Critic Reviews for Bedtime for Bonzo

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

As is, it is a minor bit of fun yielding a respectable amount of laughs but nothing, actually, over which to wax ecstatic.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

A dim sitcom of the kind Universal turned out by the dozens in the early 50s, distinguished -- if that's the word -- by the presence of Ronald Reagan.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For once Reagan is in synch with his costar, but Bonzo the chimp proved the more able farceur.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its bland star, Ronald Reagan, survived playing second banana to a chimp to become the 40th President of the United States.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... you might be surprised to discover that the modest little comedy is actually an enjoyable piece of light entertainment.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Turner Classic Movies Online

THE Ronald Reagan monkey-on-his-back movie...slapstick laughs.

October 25, 2002
Kansas City Kansan

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