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  • TBC
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1951
  • 83 mins

Bedtime for Bonzo

Bedtime for Bonzo


Reagan may have lost whatever credibility he had as an actor, but this, one of his most famous comedies, still makes for a fun diversion. Here he plays a professor whose latest experiment, which is also intended to save his relationship with his fiancée, involves teaching morals to a chimpanzee named Bonzo. It's all very silly; you can see the outcome a mile off, and equally predictable jokes arise as a result of the man/simian pairing, but the film is always enjoyable in spite of its shortcomings.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Jesse White, Herbert Heyes, Lucille Barkley, Diana Lynn, Ronald Reagan, Walter Slezak
  • Director: Frederick de Cordova
  • Writer: Lou Breslow, Val Burton
  • Producer: Michel Kraike
  • Photographer: Carl Guthrie

In a nutshell

You're left wondering why Reagan didn't notch up more comedies in his acting career.

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