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The Brass Bottle

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harry Keller
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by F. Anstey (novel)
Oscar Brodney
Starring Tony Randall
Burl Ives
Barbara Eden
Music by Bernard Green
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Editing by Milton Carruth
Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 1964
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Brass Bottle is a 1964 fantasy film about a modern man who accidentally acquires a djinn. Though the word is commonly translated into English as "genie", author F. Anstey made a distinction between the two in the novel of the same name (originally published in 1900) which provides the basis of the film.

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 an antique that turns out to contain a djinn named Fakrash (Burl Ives). However, Fakrash has been away a long time, and his unfamiliarity with the modern world causes all sorts of problems when he tries to please his new master. Ventimore ends up in a great deal of trouble, including with his girlfriend, Sylvia Kenton (Barbara Eden).


Other versions

Two prior versions of Anstey's novel were filmed. Both were silent, had the same name, and were released in 1914 and 1923.

This film was remade into Tamil by Javar Sitaraman as Pattanathil Bhootham or Ghost in the City in 1964.

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