The Brass Bottle
|The Brass Bottle|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Harry Keller|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Written by||F. Anstey (novel)
|Music by||Bernard Green|
|Editing by||Milton Carruth
Ted J. Kent
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||87 minutes|
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).
- Tony Randall as Harold Ventimore
- Burl Ives as Fakrash
- Barbara Eden as Sylvia Kenton
- Kamala Devi as Tezra, a female djinn
- Edward Andrews as Professor Kenton
- Richard Erdman as Seymour Jenks
- Kathie Browne as Hazel Jenks
- Ann Doran as Martha Kenton
- Philip Ober as William Beevor
- Parley Baer as Samuel Wackerbath
- Howard Smith as Senator Grindle
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.
Two prior versions of Anstey's novel were filmed. Both were silent and bore the same name. They were released in 1914 and 1923.
- The Brass Bottle at the Internet Movie Database
- The Brass Bottle at the TCM Movie Database
- The Brass Bottle at AllMovie
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