Behave Yourself!

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.

Behave Yourself!
Behave Yourself! Theatrical Poster
Directed byGeorge Beck
Produced byNorman Krasna (producer)
Stanley Rubin (associate producer)
Jerry Wald (producer)
Written byGeorge Beck (screenplay)
George Beck (story)
Frank Tarloff (story)
StarringFarley Granger
Shelley Winters
Music byLeigh Harline
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Wald/Krasna Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • September 19, 1951 (1951-09-19) (Premiere-Kansas City, MO)[1]
  • September 22, 1951 (1951-09-22) (US)[1]
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[2]


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. Bill is chased by the police, smugglers, counterfeiters, and murderers, as well as harangued by his mother-in-law.



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



The film was profitable.[4]


  1. "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.
  4. JERRY WALD IS SET TO BUY OUT KRASNA: Completes Deal for Interest in Film Firm They Share -Company Stays at R.K.O. By THOMAS M. PRYOR. New York Times 3 May 1952: 18.
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