Behave Yourself!

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Behave Yourself!
Behave Yourself! Film Poster.jpg
Behave Yourself! Theatrical Poster
Directed by George Beck
Produced by Norman Krasna (producer)
Stanley Rubin (associate producer)
Jerry Wald (producer)
Written by George Beck (screenplay)
George Beck (story)
Frank Tarloff (story)
Starring Farley Granger
Shelley Winters
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Wald/Krasna Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • September 19, 1951 (1951-09-19) (Premiere-Kansas City, MO)[1]
  • September 22, 1951 (1951-09-22) (US)[1]
Running time
81 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[2]

Behave Yourself! is a 1951 American film directed and co-written by George Beck, starring Farley Granger and Shelley Winters, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.


Bill (Farley Granger) forgets about his anniversary, with Kate (Shelley Winters) until the last minute, when a small dog starts to follow him. From there, mayhem ensues, knocking things over; chased by the police, smugglers, counterfeiters, and murderers; and harangued by his Mother-in-law. It’s a question of who will survive to recover the goods, or live to spend it.

IMDB plot summary runs as follows: Beyond living in his disapproving mother-in-law's house while he establishes his accounting career, Bill Denny is happily married to Kate Denny, the two who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary. Bill thinks he's come home without a present for Kate since a stray Welsh terrier caused a ruckus in the store where he was going to buy the present. However Kate believes her anniversary present is the terrier who followed Bill home and who Kate eventually names Archie. What neither Bill or Kate is aware of is that the terrier escaped from its owners, a bunch a smugglers who trained the terrier to be the contact for the switch between the smuggled goods and the money. Bill does whatever he can to get rid of the terrier as he and Archie don't get along. Meanwhile, the people buying the smuggled goods believe the smugglers have swindled them since the terrier has not made contact. So when ads appear in the lost and found section about a missing Welsh terrier, Bill, in trying to return Archie to his rightful owners, unwittingly gets caught in the middle. And Kate can't quite understand why Archie is always trying to go off on their walks, he doing what he was trained to do in trying to make contact for the drop. Add a harried police detective investigating a series a murders in which Bill seems to be involved, and chaos ensues. (1)

It's a star-studded romp, with many familiar faces and character actors in this screwball comedy caper. Still, ask your Vet before giving your dogs bones, or chocolate, or loot!



The film was written in four days and was originally intended to be a vehicle for Cary Grant.[3]




  1. ^ a b "Behave Yourself!: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  3. ^ Cary Grant Will Star in Alimony Comedy Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Dec 1950: B12.

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