The Brass Bottle

Synopsis: Comedy about the proverbial genie who comes out of a bottle (a table lamp in this instance) to serve his new master. The only problem is that instead of helping his master, the genie (Burl Ives) tends to get his master (Tony Randall) into more predicaments than he gets him out of.
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Director(s): Harry Keller
Production: Universal
  1 win.
87 min

Mr. uh,

Harold Ventimore.

He's in Mr. Beevor's office.

Here I'll sign for it.

Harold, the $40,000 price

bracket houses

are in drawer four.

Take out any one of my sketches,

change the trim,

add a little gingerbread

and they'll love it.

Don't you think

they're entitled to something

a bit more original than that?

Don't waste your effort.

The average client

no more wants an original house

and he wants an original hat.

Time you learned that.

Oh, my kum-kum came

Did you say kum-kum came?

Kum-kum, that's what

the auctioneer called it.

It's spelled with a K,

K-U-M K-U-M.

My Kum-kum came.

The ancient Arabians used

these to carry rose water.

Should come in handy

if you plan to do

much rose water carrying.

It's a welcome home present

for Sylvia's mother and father.

I thought Professor Kenton

was in Europe on a lecture tour.

He was.

But when Sylvia wrote that

we were getting married,

he cut it short.


caught the first jet plane

home in a panic.

Panic? Oh, no,

I never thought of it

in that tone of voice.

Do you really expect

this to impress

a Professor of Egyptology?

Yes. The Auctioneer said

it's an authentic relic.

Authentic my foot.

These cheap reproductions

are turned out by the thousands.

Oh, no, not this one.

You see, it's even got ancient

hieroglyphics around the seal.

Hmm, translated,

they probably say

"Made in Japan."

He's here.

I wish I weren't.

Anthony, you promised.

You know,

every time I hear his name,

I see him in that silly beret

with that silly beard,

painting those silly pictures.

That was in Paris, Father,

the beret and beard

are gone forever.

But he isn't.

You're getting yourself

all worked up, dear.

You're beginning to twitch.

Well, well, how can I help it?

After all the fine young men

that were interested in Sylvia,

she has to fall in love

with a crackpot.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Oh, what's that?

- Surprise. Uh--

where did you get that lamp?

That wasn't here last night.

Well, there was a wonderful sale

on Japanese imports at Sears.

Well, what--

- Where's Harold?

- Well, he was here.

He's, uh, he's out there.

I mean, uh, oh, here he is.

Harold, how nice to see

you again.

- Thank you.

- You come in.

Welcome home, Mrs. Kenton,

Professor Kenton.

Young man, I flew 6,000 miles

just to talk to you.

- Father.

- Anthony.

Why didn't you just say no?

Why did you let

him talk you into it?

I want our marriage to start

off with everybody happy.

Your folks can't be

as long as they've got

any doubts about me.

Are you sure you aren't

the one who has doubts?

Me? Well, now whatever put

a silly thought like

that in your mind?

Well, ever since the Jenkses

came back from Paris

and you moved them

into your home,

all I've been hearing about

is the fun you used to have.

The crazy scavenger hunts

in the Louvre

and the-- the barge you bought

and used for parties

with everybody swimming

in the Seine

at 3:
00 in the morning.

Are you sure you aren't going

to miss all that?

Of course not.

We have...


I'm sorry I had to ring.

I forgot my key.

No trouble, darling.

Hazel, come back.

How's it going, Seymour?

I don't know. I'm not finished.

Now, I'm finished.

Oh, you have done it this time.

You have captured the real me.

We have cause to celebrate.

I have a feeling

that the first genuine

Anatole will found a new school.

Who's Anatole?

I finally figured out

why none of my masterpieces

have ever sold.

My name, Seymour Jenks,

it's not artistic.

From now on, it's Anatole.

Yes, yes.

Oh, how nice, Sylvia's parents

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Oscar Brodney

Oscar Brodney (February 18, 1907 – February 12, 2008) was an American lawyer-turned-screenwriter. He is best known for his long association with Universal Studios, where his credits included Harvey, The Glenn Miller Story (1954), several Francis movies and the Tammy series. more…

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