Behave Yourself


When a cute Welsh terrier follows Bill Denny home, little does he know that all gangland has its eye on that dog. Who will be bumbling Bill's undoing - the gangsters, the cops, or his suspicious mother-in-law? Stars Farley Granger and Shelley Winters.

Behave Yourself! is a 1951 American film directed and co-written by George Beck (screenwriter), 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!


  • Farley Granger as William Calhoun 'Bill' Denny
  • Shelley Winters as Kate Denny
  • William Demarest as Officer O'Ryan
  • Francis L. Sullivan as Fat Freddy
  • Margalo Gillmore as Mother
  • Lon Chaney Jr. as Pinky
  • Hans Conried as Gillie the Blade
  • Elisha Cook Jr. as Albert Jonas
  • Glenn Anders as Pete the Pusher
  • Allen Jenkins as Plainclothesman
  • Sheldon Leonard as Shortwave Bert
  • Marvin Kaplan as Max the Umbrella
  • Archie as Himself
  • Henry Corden as Numi


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


  • "Behave Yourself!" (By Lew Spence and Buddy Ebsen)
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    Category:1951 films
    Category:American films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:1950s comedy films
    Category:RKO Pictures films
    Category:1950s crime films
    Category:American screwball comedy films
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