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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 nearly goes to jail in Bonzo's stead, but everything turns out all right in the end (we're not giving anything away; after all, everybody knows that there was a Bonzo Goes to College in 1952). While it's an uphill climb, Ronald Reagan and his able costars Diana Lynn and Walter Slezak manage to keep Bonzo from running away with the picture. And yes, director Fred DeCordova is the same guy who produced Johnny Carson's late-night show in the 1980s and 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 5, 1951

Cast

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 Knucksy
Joel Friedkin
as Mr. DeWitt
Howard Banks
as Policeman
Perc Launders
as Fireman
Billy Mauch
as Student
Ann Tyrrell
as Operator
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Miss Swithen
Leslye Banning
as Coed
Philo McCullough
as Teacher
Steve Wayne
as Student
Jack Gargan
as Teacher
Ronald Reagan
as Prof. Peter Boyd
Larry Crane
as Student
Edward Gargan
as Policeman Bill
Midge Ware
as Coed

Crew

Frederick de Cordova
Director
Michael Kraike
Producer
Raphael Blau
Screen Story
Lou Breslow
Screenwriter
Val Burton
Screenwriter
Carl Guthrie
Cinematographer
Frank Skinner
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Editor
Bernard Herzbrun
Production Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
Joe Lapis
Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Berkman
Short Story Author
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