The Brass Bottle (1964 film)
The Brass Bottle is a 1964 American fantasy-comedy film about a modern man who accidentally acquires the friendship of a long-out-of-circulation Genie. It was inspired by the 1900 novel of the same title by Thomas Anstey Guthrie.
|The Brass Bottle|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Harry Keller|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Written by||Oscar Brodney|
|Based on||The Brass Bottle|
by Thomas Anstey Guthrie
|Music by||Bernard Green|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
Ted J. Kent
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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 genie in this film.
Architect Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) buys a large antique container that turns out to imprison a genie named Fakrash (Burl Ives), whom Harold inadvertently sets free. Fakrash is effusively grateful for his release, and persistently tries to do favors for Harold to show his gratitude. However he has been in the brass bottle for a long time, and Fakrash’s unfamiliarity with the modern world causes all sorts of problems when he tries to please his rescuer. Harold ends up in a great deal of trouble, including with his girlfriend, Sylvia Kenton (Barbara Eden).
Jinn and genie
- Tony Randall as Harold Ventimore
- Burl Ives as Fakrash
- Barbara Eden as Sylvia Kenton
- Kamala Devi as Tezra, a female genie
- Edward Andrews as Professor Kenton
- Lulu Porter as a belly dancer
- 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 New York Times critic A. H. Weiler dismissed it as "one of the duller fantasies dreamed up by Hollywood's necromancers."
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- A. H. Weiler (May 21, 1964). "Tony Randall Stars in 'The Brass Bottle'". The New York Times.
- "The Brass Bottle (1964)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24.