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Doctor Dolittle -- A doctor who loves animals turns to caring for them and learns to speak 500 animal languages. Together with three friends he sets sail on a search for the great pink sea snail. Note: this movie begins with black video and music (a musical overture) for the first 2.5 minutes of playback.
Doctor Dolittle -- Trailer for this enchanting film about a man who talks to animals


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Hugh Lofting (novels)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL! See more »
After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientèle, he and his friends escape their hometown to sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Adorable Family Musical from the sixties with a flawless performance by Rex Harrison. See more (42 total) »


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Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle

Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax

Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg

Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom

Peter Bull ... General Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins

Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle

Norma Varden ... Lady Fetherington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Cast ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Judy Chapman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gene Columbus ... Circus Clown (uncredited)
Cyril Cross ... Charlie (uncredited)
Peter Crowcroft ... Assistant Judge (uncredited)
John Dolan ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sir Rupert (uncredited)
Gub-Gub ... Pig (uncredited)
Eric Heath ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Theron Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lewis Loughran ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Angela Miller ... Child (uncredited)
Polynesia ... Parrot (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Strong Man (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Vicar (uncredited)
Danny Rees ... Juggler (uncredited)
Russell Robinson ... Child (uncredited)
Wally Ross ... Elephant Act (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Rufus ... Dog (uncredited)
Sophie ... Seal (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Assistant Judge (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... The Vicar (uncredited)
Olga Sutcliffe ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Ginny Tyler ... Polynesia (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Vernon ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Bob Winters ... Juggler (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
Writing credits
Hugh Lofting (novels)

Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Leslie Bricusse 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Marjorie Fowler 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Ray Aghayan 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
Jack Stubbs .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Lang .... assistant director
Ray Corbett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Corcoran .... sound supervisor
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Buddy Myers .... sound (as John Myers)
Murray Spivack .... sound supervisor
Douglas O. Williams .... sound (as Douglas Williams)
Terrance Emerson .... cable man (uncredited)
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Howard Lydecker .... special photographic effects
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David McCann .... assistant editor
Music Department
Leslie Bricusse .... lyricist
Alexander Courage .... conductor
Ian Fraser .... vocal supervisor
Robert Mayer .... music editor
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Herbert Ross .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Record .... title designer
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Herbert Ross .... choreographer (uncredited)
June Santantonio .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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152 min | 145 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #21389) | USA:G (re-rating) (1994)

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This movie set was no picnic:. (1) One of the fawns snacked on a quart of paint during a scene break and had to have her stomach pumped. (2) - Gub-Gub the Pig had to be replaced several times during filming since piglets grow so fast. (3) - Squirrels ate through several key pieces of scenery, costing the crew thousands of dollars in repairs. (4) In the scene where Rex Harrison is singing in the field of sheep, he had to be sprayed down repeatedly for flies. Worse, the sheep urinated on him as well, forcing multiple retakes. (5) One of the goats broke loose during a scene, got ahold of the director's script and ate it. (6) The first several weeks of filming in Castle Combe were disrupted by torrential downpours, after the producers had ignored detailed climate reports warning about the area's weather patterns--and a homemade bomb, set by a disgruntled member of the town the crew was filming in.See more »
Factual errors: "Sea Star Island" is a floating island that moves around, yet it has an active volcano on it. To be active, a volcano must be connected to a source of magma.See more »
Dr. Dolittle:Oh it's from Long Arrow.
Matthew:Who's he when he's at home?
Dr. Dolittle:An old friend of mine. He's a Red Indian gentleman.
Matthew:With a name like "Long Arrow" I didn't think he'd be Irish.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Slammin' Salmon (2009)See more »
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Adorable Family Musical from the sixties with a flawless performance by Rex Harrison., 25 June 2004
Author: tsch875125 from United States

My childhood favorite still holds up! In 1967 I remember sitting in the theater in awe of this tall Englishman that could sing & talk to animals.

As an adult I can sit and enjoy another brilliant performance by the Late Great Sir Rex Harrison (God bless him!), this time as the Good Doctor Dolittle.

Leslie Bricusse has done a wonderful job combining some of the Hugh Lofting tales into a Big Hollywood Musical! I only wish that all the songs made it to the screen. Two were cut, I guess for time (Where are the words?, Something in your smile) but show up on the soundtrack record & CD. Robert Surtee's photography is gorgeous! It really should have walked away with an Oscar that year.

Richard Fleischer brings it altogether beautifully. His direction is just the right pace, letting us enjoy all the fantasy that is set in front of us. No quick cuts, loud noises - Hell, everything that audiences today never see. There is nothing wrong with taking time telling a story - I wish the new Hollywood understood that.

The circus number with Sir Richard Attenborough is just as entertaining today as it was in 1967. The Pushmi-Pullyu may not hold up to the digital effects of today but it's still just as lovable.

This family film is a treasure and it certainly is more to what Hugh Lofting envisioned compared to the recent Eddie Murphy films.

If you ever have a chance to see this in a Theater - GO!

The DVD has a beautiful transfer - I do wish the DVD had more extras, such as the two songs they cut for the final release. But it should be in the family collection.

Remember it has Rex Harrison in the title role. That alone should give you a reason to see it - If you haven't already

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