Bedtime for Bonzo
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Bedtime for Bonzo
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As is, it is a minor bit of fun yielding a respectable amount of laughs but nothing, actually, over which to wax ecstatic."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Its bland star, Ronald Reagan, survived playing second banana to a chimp to become the 40th President of the United States."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... you might be surprised to discover that the modest little comedy is actually an enjoyable piece of light entertainment."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Literally The Greatest Thing Ronald Reagan Ever Did."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"For once Reagan is in synch with his costar, but Bonzo the chimp proved the more able farceur."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"THE Ronald Reagan monkey-on-his-back movie...slapstick laughs."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The film is always enjoyable in spite of its shortcomings."
‑ , Film4
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