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101 Dalmatians (1961)
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (original title)

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When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pongo (voice)
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Colonel / Jasper (voice)
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell (voice)
Martha Wentworth ...
Nanny / Queenie / Lucy (voice)
Ben Wright ...
Roger (voice)
Cate Bauer ...
Perdita (voice)
David Frankham ...
Sgt. Tibs (voice) (as Dave Frankham)
Frederick Worlock ...
Horace / Inspector Craven (voice) (as Fred Worlock)
Lisa Davis ...
Anita (voice)
Tom Conway ...
Quizmaster / Collie (voice)
Tudor Owen ...
Towser (voice)
George Pelling ...
Danny (voice)
Ramsay Hill ...
Television Announcer / Labrador (voice)
Sylvia Marriott ...
(voice)
Queenie Leonard ...
Princess (voice)
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Storyline

Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 puppies. Cruella De Vil takes a fancy to the pups, and wants to get hold of them, as well as more pups, to make herself a lovely dalmatian skin coat... Cruella hires some thugs to kidnap the pups and hold them at her mansion. Will Pongo and Perdita find them in time ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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dalmatian | puppy | dog | wedding | cat | See more »

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It's 'arf comedy...'arf mystery...and it's howlarious! See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

25 January 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

101 Dalmatians  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$153,000,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)| (1979 re-issue)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where the puppies suckle from some friendly cows attracted a lot of criticism at the time of release as it was deemed to be inappropriate for a children's film. See more »

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When the truck is being repaired, the sign at the garage says "AAA" (American Auto Association), instead of the British "AA" (Automobile Association). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pongo: My story begins in London, not so very long ago. And yet so much has happened since then, that it seems more like an eternity.
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There are no end credits for this feature film. However, the credits are at the beginning. See more »

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Dalmatian Plantation
Written by Mel Leven
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Cruella is what makes this film so good.
27 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have always thought that the animation and story of "101 Dalmatians" were actually a bit weak. After all, a crazy lady who wants to steal puppies to make them into a coat ISN'T especially deep. And, the xerox process they used in this film did make the movie look a lot cheaper than the exquisitely animated films of the 1950s. But what makes it very good and well worth watching is the character Cruella De Vil. Her voice work by Betty Lou Gerson was just fabulous--and very obviously inspired by Tallulah Bankhead. Her mannerisms, style and voice were Ms. Bankhead all the way--but with a wonderful insane quality that made a horrific act (slaughtering puppies) so ridiculously comical that it was watchable and fun. Otherwise, this film would have been seen as cruel and just awful. Plus the "Cruella" song was a hoot--with great lyrics and a perfect accompaniment to this horrid character.

The bottom line is that I nearly scored this one a 9--it's awfully good. But having the sub-standard animation brought it down a point. Enjoyably sick and funny--even for adult audiences.


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