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Director:
Writers:
Hugh Lofting (novels)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Oft-maligned film actually offers many delights See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
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)
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
 
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
 
Stunts
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 M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
June Santantonio .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
152 min | 145 min (FMC Library Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
No one expected that shooting a scene with ducks swimming in a pond would be difficult. However, when the ducks were placed onto the pond they sank! Apparently it was the wrong time of year and the ducks had lost their water-repellent feathers and couldn't swim.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When considering ways to change the course of the island, the Doctor says elephants cannot swim. In fact, elephants are excellent swimmers.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Dolittle:Hello... Me Doctor Dolittle. Here little boy, late for school, here very cold. They all go home "Puddleby," yes?
Willie Shakespeare:[in perfect English] What a funny accent.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fan (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
At The CrossroadsSee more »

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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Oft-maligned film actually offers many delights, 1 September 1999
Author: philosophymom from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

I know it goes against the general tide to praise this film (the only other place I've ever read a really positive review of it being the back of its own video cover), but I'm going to do it--and I'll even attach my name! For, in my opinion, this musical adaptation by Leslie Bricusse of Hugh Lofting's delightful "Doctor Dolittle" series succeeds in a great many respects. I was enchanted as a child when I saw it in the cinema, and I still enjoy watching it on video with my own children.

The admittedly meandering plot combines elements from various of the Dolittle books, but it essentially concerns the Victorian veterinarian's quest for the Great Pink Sea Snail, an animal whose language he hopes to add to the thousands he has already learned. Thus the first part of the movie takes Dolittle and his friends through several adventures on their way to earning the money to make the journey, while the second finds the entourage actually setting sail (on the aptly-named "Flounder") for Sea Star Island and their goal. And, even if the musical *is* so front-end-loaded with big numbers that the second half seems anticlimactic, and even if the resolution of the plot's final conflict *is* jarringly abrupt, and even if the film's direction *is* a tad slow, it is *also* the case that I find more than enough pleasures along the way to compensate for these shortcomings.

One is Bricusse's marvelous score. Besides the Academy Award-winning "Talk to the Animals," he includes two other showcase pieces for star Rex Harrison's trademark "powerful patter" delivery, the humorous "Vegetarian" and the impassioned "Like Animals." Other up-tempo winners are "I've Never Seen Anything Like It" (brilliantly put across by Richard Attenborough--the twinkle never leaves his eye!--in what amounts to an extended cameo as wily circus-master Albert Blossom) and "Faraway Places," while tender ballads "When I look in Your Eyes" and "Beautiful Things" are very affecting. And if "After Today" seems to have been pulled from the trunk of another show by mistake, the other Anthony Newly numbers--including "My Friend the Doctor" and "This is the World of Doctor Dolittle" (as well as the lovely "Where are the Words," which is on my soundtrack album but not in the video)--are spot on.

Another pleasure is the cast. As the Doctor, Harrison is wonderful, of course. The film was originally conceived as a reunion project for him and composing team Lerner & Lowe, who'd written "My Fair Lady," and it's clear that the part was written for the star. But I'm impressed that eventual Lerner & Lowe stand-in Bricusse, though he was obviously influenced by "My Fair Lady," resisted what had to be the temptation to turn the main character into Henry Higgins--and that Harrison also didn't see the gig as a mere Higgins reprise. The charming Doctor--kind to animals, children, and people from all walks of life; educated and capable but somehow sweetly clueless at the same time; gentle but rousable to anger on behalf of his charges--is a different character, and Harrison gets him right.

As for the other leads, Anthony Newly, for once, is perfect as the elfin Matthew Mugg, while child actor and "whatever-happened-to" candidate William Dix is a fine if underused Tommy Stubbins. Even Samantha Eggar, in the mis-conceived role of a tentative love-interest for Dolittle, does well with the part she's been given. And strong support is provided by the aforementioned Attenborough, Peter Bull as the beefy English squire who is the closest thing to a villain in this piece, and Geoffrey Holder as Willie Shakespeare, head of a quirkily-PC group of island natives encountered during the voyage.

Finally, there's the appearance of the film: it's beautiful. If you find you can't enjoy a musical unless it's shot on a soundstage, the wide-open spaces won't work for you, but I loved all the wonderful locations.

This is a big movie, long and theatrically-structured (Overture, Act I, Entr'acte, Act II, and even Exit Music!). They don't make them like this anymore--which sounds like a straight line, but I mean it in a regretful way. :-) I recommend "Doctor Dolittle" heartily, and I think the family will enjoy it even more if, before you watch it, you read a couple of the original Dolittle books together first!

[P.S.-- don't be put off this film if you didn't happen to like the similarly-titled 1998 Eddie Murphy vehicle which billed itself as a remake. They're completely different!]

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