Cinema: A Mickey for the Muse

Bedtime Story is a witless, one-joke soporific concocted by a pair of usually wide-awake Hollywood pitchmen. This time out, Producer-Writer Stanley Shapiro (Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink) and Co-Author Paul Henning have pitched a Mickey to the comic muse. Story unfolds against rear-projection views of the Riviera, where a bogus Highness (David Niven) and an ex-U.S. Army corporal (Marlon Brando) pool their resources to squeeze a living out of wealthy women such as Dody Goodman, an Omaha madcap just born to be trimmed. The thieves fall out, of course, when they...