Behave Yourself (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Behave Yourself1951

Behave Yourself (1951)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Behave Yourself Photos

Movie Info

One of the oddest comedies of the 1950s, Behave Yourself! stars Farley Granger and Shelley Winters as a pair of none-too-bright newlyweds. Granger and Winters adopt a stray pooch named Archie, who unbeknownst to them has been trained as a go-between for a couple of underworld gangs. To the ever-mounting amazement of our hero and heroine, corpses begin to pile up all around them as one gang endeavors to rub out the other during a million-dollar smuggling operation. While it's quite possible to treat murder as a farcical situation-remember Arsenic and Old Lace?--the killings in this film are sometimes too graphic to induce laughter (there's nothing terribly mirth-provoking about gang flunkey Hans Conried lying dead in a bathtub with a bullet hole between his eyes). Another detriment is the casting of Granger and Winters, both of whom are woefully unsuited to their roles. In fact, such veteran villains as Lon Chaney Jr., Sheldon Leonard, Francis L. Sullivan and Elisha Cook Jr. come off funnier than the stars! The film's best sequence occurs during the closing cast credits, so try to stick around after the "THE END" title. Behave Yourself was the first coproduction between Wald-Krasna Productions and RKO Radio.

Watch it now


Farley Granger
as William Calhoun 'Bill' Denny
Shelley Winters
as Kate Denny
William Demarest
as Officer O'Ryan
Margalo Gillmore
as Mrs. Carter
Allen Jenkins
as Detective
View All

Critic Reviews for Behave Yourself

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

It provides many hearty laughs, largely due to the garish characters among the cops and robbers.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A forgotten madcap gem

November 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An uplifting screwball comedy.

December 23, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Behave Yourself


Farley Granger is a poor man's Cary Grant and Shelley Winters tries her hand at being a good girl (!!!) in this surprising comedy about a clueless couple unwittingly caught between two gangs squabbling over money and the cops who are also clueless and unwitting. Low expectations should be left at the door, it's better than you thought it might be.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Silly piece of fluff with an awfully high body count for a comedy.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Behave Yourself Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features