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Bedtime Story (1964)

Two scam artists prey on women for their money. They clash in a Mediterranean hot spot. Will the cultured, high-class con artist come out on top, or will the rough small-change scammer rise to win the wager?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Freddy Benson
David Niven ... Lawrence Jameson
Shirley Jones ... Janet Walker
Dody Goodman ... Fanny Eubank
Aram Stephan Aram Stephan ... Andre
Parley Baer ... Col. Williams
Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Sutton
Rebecca Sand Rebecca Sand ... Miss Trumble
Frances Robinson ... Miss Harrington
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Sattler
Norman Alden ... Dubin
Susanne Cramer ... Anna
Cynthia Lynn ... Frieda
Ilze Taurins ... Hilda (as Ilse Taurins)
Francine York ... Gina
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Storyline

Benson is a Casanova who despises women and invents all sorts of tricks to bed them and leave them. His favorite one is going through Germany posing as an American GI of Teutonic extraction. Whenever he spots a girl he likes, he takes a Polarod picture of her house, knocks on the door waving the photo and pretending to be on a pilgrimage to this very cottage his grandmother so vividly described. It is an infallible system for a hit-and-run seduction. Benson seems content with his game until he meets Jameson, a real operator who has learned to combine sex with money. Jameson poses as an exiled prince and not only gets women to share his bed but also to bestow their jewels on him for the sake of the counterrevolution. Benson decides to corner Jameson's market on sex plus finance. A contest develops, and whoever wins will dominate a small Riviera resort as "King of the Mountain," the film's original title. Remade in 1988 as "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Written by alfiehitchie

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The Funniest story ever put Between bed covers ! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before Marlon Brando and David Niven, Universal Pictures had lined up Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis for the leads in this movie; they had both co-starred the previous year in Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). Curtis had been one of Universal's most successful contract players, and Peck had just won the Oscar and given them a huge box-office success with To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). See more »

Quotes

Freddy Benson: Oh, dad, I see you've got a lot to learn about women. Let me tell you somethin'. The more you lie to them, the more you take 'em, the rougher you treat 'em, the better they like ya.
Lawrence Jameson: Is that a fact?
Freddy Benson: I could tell ya things about women that'd curl your hair.
Lawrence Jameson: I'm afraid I'm a bit naïve when it comes to the weaker sex.
Freddy Benson: The weaker sex? Oh, dad, let me put some new colors in your paint box. They're about as weak as the engine that's pulling this train. Remember this. It takes six men to carry a guy to...
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Connections

Remade as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) See more »

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I think that catcha22 was a little kind in his comparison with the 1988 remake.
28 March 2005 | by stanistreetSee all my reviews

David Niven was the quintessential English gentleman. Dapper, suave, without ever being pushy. He glided through his many roles with consummate ease. I can understand Marlon Brando's reactions. The whole film depended on the viewer believing that Niven could get away with the confidence trickery. And, of course, he could, just as Brando as the brash American, was the perfect foil. In the 1988 travesty, the viewer could never believe in Michael Caine being an aristocrat. A barrow boy, yes; a gangster; yes - but a smooth confidence trickster, able to con his targets in the South of France - never. Sorry.

I would give "Bedtime Story" 9 +

I would give "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" zero -.

Both titles are inept & the former is confusing. I wonder whose idea it was?

It was rather like renaming Les Valseuses ('Balls' in French argot) "Going Places".


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