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

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Trivia:
The stop-motion animation used in creating the illusion of a dancing squirrel (Rupert) was so realistic that director George Pal received many inquiries as to where he got a squirrel that was trained to dance.See more »
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Melody For Two Orphan InstrumentsSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The New DVD, 15 November 2003
Author: BijouBob8mm from United States

Although released to DVD by Image a couple of years ago, Fox has reissued the film to DVD just in time for the 2003 holiday season...under a new title, A CHRISTMAS WISH. While a nice marketing move for the Christmas season, it is a little misleading, since the last half of the film is not holiday-oriented. Otherwise, a decent DVD offering the film in both original B&W, as well as a colorized version, all on the same DVD. (The colorized version also offers us a chance to hear co-star Terry Moore talk about the film on an optional soundtrack. While we hear about the tricks used with the live-action squirrels during production, little mention is made of the stop-motion technique in several key sequences with the title character of Rupert the Dancing Squirrel.) While the colorization process is not quite as good as that of, say, Disney's ZORRO or Laurel & Hardy's MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS, it is better than many other attempts to "improve upon" black and white imagery. There are a couple of spots where the colorization process slips, however. Watch, in the soda shop, as one customer tells the clerk to "Cut me in on 40% of the winnings." The red Christmas stocking in the background suddenly reverts back to its original black and white image by the end of the line. Still, this overlooked fantasy--producer George Pal's first feature--may finally find a more mainstream audience, courtesy of Fox Home Video.

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