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The Great Rupert
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Director:
Writers:
László Vadnay (screenplay)
James O'Hanlon (additional dialogue) ...
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Release Date:
1 March 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He's not just squirrelin' around! See more »
Plot:
A little squirrel with lots of charm accidently helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jimmy Durante ... Mr. Louie Amendola

Terry Moore ... Rosalinda Amendola
Tom Drake ... Peter 'Pete' Dingle
Frank Orth ... Mr. Frank Dingle
Sara Haden ... Mrs.Katie Dingle
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Amendola
Chick Chandler ... Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin ... Joe Mahoney
Rupert ... Himself the Squirrel
Hugh Sanders ... Mulligan

Don Beddoe ... Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
Candy Candido ... Molineri - Florist
Clancy Cooper ... Police Lt. Saunders
Harold Goodwin ... Callahan - F.B.I. Man

Frank Cady ... Mr. Taney - Tax Investigator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Dorr ... Eddie, the Bartender (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Passerby in Park (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Dave the Mailman (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Mr. Petrushka the Baker (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Fireman (uncredited)

Irving Pichel ... Puzzled Pedestrian (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
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Directed by
Irving Pichel 
 
Writing credits
László Vadnay (screenplay) (as Laslo Vadnay)

James O'Hanlon (additional dialogue) and
Harry Crane (additional dialogue)

Ted Allen (story)

Produced by
George Pal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Duke Goldstone 
 
Production Design by
Ernst Fegté 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Makeup Department
Flora James .... hair stylist
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lewis J. Rachmil .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold Godsoe .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
 
Visual Effects by
Barry B. Sandrew .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Goldberg .... still photographer (uncredited)
B.P. Jacques .... grip (uncredited)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lothrop B. Worth .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Fred Madison .... animator: "Rupert" (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rachmil .... costume stylist
 
Music Department
Clarence Wheeler .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
John S. Abbott .... technical supervisor (as John Abbott)
Miles E. Pike .... technician (as Miles Pike)
Curly Twiford .... animal trainer
Giby Whitlock .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min | 88 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Netherlands:AL (2007) (DVD) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #14013)

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Terry Moore's career was so hectic during this period that she claims that she didn't see this film until over 35 years later when Marjorie Durante, Jimmy's widow, ran a private print for her.See more »
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Melody For Two Orphan InstrumentsSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Rupert Wreaks Havoc, 16 July 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Great Rupert besides being the first feature film of master Puppetooner George Pal is a pleasant, gentle, and innocuous family comedy about the innocent antics of a very smart squirrel and the changes he wreaks in a neighborhood. Ironically enough no one knows he's the responsible party right up to the highest levels of government.

Rupert who is an animated squirrel courtesy of George Pal is a trained rodent by animal trainer Jimmy Conlin, but who can't sell the act to agent Chick Chandler and because of that he's evicted for lack of rent payment by landlord Frank Orth.

As luck would have it another group of vaudevillians, the family Amendola which consists of Jimmy Durante, wife Queenie Smith and their daughter Terry Moore. Mainly because Orth's son develops big eyes for Terry, he rents them the place without a deposit nor hopes of getting one.

But Rupert returns to his nest in the roof of that house and he causes miser Orth's fortune to fall upon the Amendolas, it's where the old skinflint stores his loot because he doesn't trust banks. Remember we were not too far from the Depression when many banks failed.

I can't go any farther, but suffice it to say it all works out financially and romantically in the end. Along the way Jimmy Durante provides us with a couple of numbers in his unique style.

The film is timeless in its humor, but it does show the age of the fashions involved. It probably could be remade today, I can see Steve Martin in Jimmy Durante's part.

But not with the Schnozz.

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