The Brass Bottle

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The Brass Bottle
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harry Keller
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by F. Anstey (novel)
Oscar Brodney
Starring Tony Randall
Burl Ives
Barbara Eden
Music by Bernard Green
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Editing by Milton Carruth
Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates 1964
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Brass Bottle is a 1964 American fantasy film about a modern man who accidentally acquires a djinn. Though the word is commonly translated into English as "genie", author F. Anstey made a distinction between the two in the novel of the same name (originally published in 1900) which provides the basis of the film.

The film starred Tony Randall, Burl Ives and Barbara Eden. Eden's role was instrumental in getting her cast as the star of the TV series I Dream of Jeannie, even though she did not play a djinn in this film.


Architect Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) buys an antique that turns out to contain a djinn named Fakrash (Burl Ives). However, Fakrash has been away a long time, and his unfamiliarity with the modern world causes all sorts of problems when he tries to please his new master. Ventimore ends up in a great deal of trouble, including with his girlfriend, Sylvia Kenton (Barbara Eden).



The New York Times critic A. H. Weiler dismissed it as "one of the duller fantasies dreamed up by Hollywood's necromancers."[1]

Home media[edit]

The Brass Bottle was released on DVD for Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) as part of the Universal Vault Series in January 2010.[2]

Other versions[edit]

Two prior versions of Anstey's novel were filmed. Both were silent and bore the same name. They were released in 1914 and 1923.

This film was remade into Tamil by Javar Sitaraman as Pattanathil Bhootham or Ghost in the City in 1964.


  1. ^ A. H. Weiler (May 21, 1964). "Tony Randall Stars in 'The Brass Bottle'". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The Brass Bottle (1964)". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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