The Brass Bottle (1964 film)
VIDEO of The Brass Bottle – 1964 – Comedy
|The Brass Bottle|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Harry Keller|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Written by||F. Anstey (novel)
|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 djinn in this film.
Architect Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) buys a large antique container that turns out to imprison a djinn 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
Though the word jinn is commonly translated into English as “genie”, author F. Anstey points out the distinction in the novel The Brass Bottle (originally published in 1900) which provides the basis of the film.
- 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
- 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 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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