Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
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as Prof. Peter Boyd
as Jane Linden
as Prof. Hans Neumann
as Valerie Tillinghast
as Dean Tillinghast
as Lt. Daggett
as Mr. DeWitt
as Chief of Police
as Miss Swithen
as Telephone Operator
as Girl in car
Critic Reviews for Bedtime for Bonzo
As is, it is a minor bit of fun yielding a respectable amount of laughs but nothing, actually, over which to wax ecstatic.
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.
For once Reagan is in synch with his costar, but Bonzo the chimp proved the more able farceur.
Its bland star, Ronald Reagan, survived playing second banana to a chimp to become the 40th President of the United States.
... you might be surprised to discover that the modest little comedy is actually an enjoyable piece of light entertainment.
Audience Reviews for Bedtime for Bonzo
The Ronald Reagan classic, Bedtime for Bonzo is a wacky goofball comedy that's full of laughs. When Professor Peter Boyd's father-in-law to be objects to his heredity, Peter attempts to prove nurture trumps nature by raising a chimp named Bonzo to have good morals; and to assist him he hires a nanny to care for Bonzo as she would a child. Reagan gives a strong performance as a straight-man and Diana Lynn has a natural charm and charisma. But of course Bonzo has to carry the film, and you couldn't ask for a cuter, funnier chimp than Peggy (aka Bonzo). Most of the comedy relies on physical slapstick, and the writers come up with a number of wild and crazy antics for the chimp to get into (without seeming overly contrived). For what it is, Bedtime for Bonzo is incredibly entertaining and fun.
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