Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Farley Granger, Shelley Winters, William Demarest, Francis L. Sullivan, Margalo Gillmore
Director: George Beck
Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 03/23/2004
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Has this film "got it"?
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 06/02/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Considering the amount of talent involved on both sides of the camera, why RKO's BEHAVE YOURSELF (1951) fails as entertainment is most baffling. Produced by Norman Krasna and Jerry Wald, with photography by James Wong Howe, a theme song written by Buddy Ebsen and a cast that includes at least eight well-known actors, none of these can save this movie from itself.
Perhaps the script is poorly crafted. There's clearly zero chemistry between the leads and Mr. Granger struggles in a "frustrated by circumstances" role best suited to Cary Grant. One watches this, recognizes all the familiar faces, and wants to savor the movie, get into what should be a delicious story, but it's nearly impossible. The ultimate answer for this flop may be found in that late '50s stageplay GYPSY, when brassy Rose, mother to Gypsy Rose Lee declares with utmost confidence: "Ya either got it, or ya ain't."
That's it! The missing ingredient, that secret of success which eluded all involved with BEHAVE YOURSELF... is confidence. For all its fluster, bluster and busy-ness, an undercurrent of well-hidden timidity doomed this picture to an oblivion from which it has since been needlessly rescued by various public domain and budget brand home video manufacturers.
If you like the people in this curio by all means spend the 80 minutes to see it, there's surely worse out there. But when it's over and if you too feel something's lacking here, please remember that when it comes to motion pictures, "pizazz," "oomph" and "it" have, like lightning bolts, always been impossible to control, predict or bottle. So, has BEHAVE YOURSELF "got it"? Frankly... it ain't.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.
(5.9) Behave Yourself (1951) - Farley Granger/Shelley Winters/Bill Demarest/Margalo Gillmore/Lon Chaney Jr./Hans Conried/Elisha Cook Jr./Allen Jenkins/Sheldon Leonard/Marvin Kaplan"
What will happen next?
Aileen Stewart | Shelby, Ohio United States | 11/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When husband (Farley Granger) forgets his anniversary he tries to buy a quick present for his wife (Shelley Winters) but ends up with a gangster's dog instead. Of course she falls in love with the dog which causes her husband problems at every turn. He spends the entire movie trying to rid himself of the dog only to become entangled in several murders. This movie will have you laughing from start to finish."
It Could Have Been Better!!!
Pumpkin Man | 01/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It was funny and cute in the beginning, then later, it just got crazy and cunfusing! The Mob use a cute Welsh terrier to lead them to find their stuff. Bill Denny walks in and the dog decides to go with him. When he forgets his anniversary, his wife thinks he got the dog for her. Soon, the Mob are out looking for the dog! This movie will make you hate mother-in-laws! I probably wouldn't recommend that you BEHAVE YOURSELF!!!"