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The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

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An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
Matthew Garber ...
Ralph Yarby
Tom Lowell ...
Sean McClory ...
Horatio Quaxton
Jerome Cowan ...
Dr. Ramsey
Dr. Scoggins
Norman Grabowski ...
Male Nurse
Gil Lamb ...
Gas Attendant
Maudie Prickett ...
Katie Barrett
Cami Sebring ...


An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him. Written by Marta Dawes <>

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A tall tale about little people! See more »


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19 July 1967 (USA)  »

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The Gnome-Mobile  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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Throughout his career, Walter Brennan approached roles in one of two ways: with teeth or without, as he had false teeth. In The Gnome-Mobile (1967), he had it both ways: teeth in for D.J. Mulrooney, and teeth out for Knobby the gnome. See more »


Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »


The Gnome-Mobile Song
Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
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The Wee Folk Of The Forest
16 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the most charming fantasies that Walt Disney ever produced was The Gnomemobile. Even seeing it at the age 20 I was rather pleased with this wonderful kid's film. And if you've imbibed in any spirits while viewing it, The Gnomemobile can be quite a trip if you get my drift.

The creators of Mary Poppins almost duplicated their success with The Gnomemobile. Walter Brennan gets to play a dual role, a reprise of the business tycoon from his series, The Tycoon and a mini me version of himself as a leader of a tribe of gnomes.

These little folks live deep in the forest that Brennan's lumber company keeps chopping down and depriving them of a home. I imagine if this had an Irish locale, the wee ones would speak with a brogue and be called leprechauns.

Anyway Brennan the tycoon has a couple of more little ones now, his grandchildren played by Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice the kids from Mary Poppins. They work on grandpa and he takes an interest in the plight of the gnomes. But to help them grandpa faces some considerable opposition, not the least of which that folks just don't believe in the wee folk.

The Gnomemobile marks the farewell performance of Ed Wynn who was a delightful performer who had been in show business for over 60 years when he passed away. Wynn plays one of the gnomes and a rival of sorts to Brennan's mini me.

The Shermans, Robert M. and Richard B. wrote the musical score for The Gnomemobile and while it doesn't provide any lasting songs like Mary Poppins, the score is serviceable enough for the film.

It's as charming as it ever was, but what a gas it is if you're indulging.

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