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The Great Rupert -- This delightful family favorite is the story of two struggling families who end up getting some unexpected charity from Rupert, their resident (animated) squirrel!  After discovering a pile of cash in the house, the police suspect Louie (Jimmy Durante) of theft, but it turns out the friendly squirrel has been gradually shifting a stash of bills that their miserly neighbor was hiding in his wall!


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László Vadnay (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 March 1950 (USA) See more »
He's not just squirrelin' around! See more »
A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Rupert 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)

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)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
87 min | 88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Netherlands:AL (2007) (DVD) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #14013)

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It may be reasonable to assume that the writer chose "Amendola" as actor Jimmy Durante's family's last name given the movie's subject matter. When the Amendola's felt blessed by money from what they thought was from heaven, indeed, the play on words "Amen Dollar," fits perfectly.See more »
(Isn't it a shame that) Christmas comes but once a yearSee more »


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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Brings back great childhood memories., 2 January 2001
Author: afotia from USA

When I was just a young boy, my uncle took my cousins, my brother and I to see The Great Rupert at an outdoor drive-in. I was nine years old, and Rupert became one of my greatest childhood memories. I thought about the movie during the past 40-50 years...when my daughter was born, I wished she could have seen it...and when my grandson was born, I wished the same for him.

My daughter has been on the internet for years, my wife and I only the past year or so. Recently I decided to see if I could find out if there was a video of The Great Rupert...and would you believe it - there was! I ordered it right away.

My wife and I, my daughter and my grandson watched it together, and although the "special effects" are certainly not "Star Wars"...the story is still heart warming. I recommend the movie for kids of all ages.

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