Bedtime for Bonzo Overview:

Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) was a Comedy - Family Film directed by Frederick de Cordova and produced by Michael Kraike.


It's nature vs. nurture as Reagan steals a chimp to prove to his would-be father-in-law that love and a proper upbringing can improve on one's genetic inheritance. Though he provides love and understanding, the chimp unleashes no end of havoc. Perfectly good fun (though somewhat unsettling seeing the future commander in chief nursemaid to a chimp) directed by longtime Tonight Show producer De Cordova.

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Bedtime for Bonzo is not the only movie Ronald Reagan made

By Jnpickens on Jun 30, 2009 From Comet Over Hollywood

This is another post I wrote early in my blogging career on blogger. It is a little better than the Susan Slade one, but yet again just a plot summary. Hopefully you can see the improvements of the blog from then to now. It has once again been another long absence from my blog. I didn’t mean f... Read full article

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During the 1980 US Presidential campaign when Ronald Reagan was the Republican nominee; this film suddenly became extremely popular again and was frequently shown on television. The joke in Washington was that "Bedtime for Bonzo" was a "favorite of old movie buffs and Democrats".
Often used by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show when Ronald Reagan was president partly because the former president was directed by Frederick De Cordova who was also the director of The Tonight Show.
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