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Director:
Writers:
Ellis Kadison (screenplay)
Upton Sinclair (book)
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Release Date:
19 July 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Take off your brakes and Laugh! See more »
Plot:
An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Love Bug’
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Busy, lively live-action Disney feature with plenty to like. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Brennan ... D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
Matthew Garber ... Rodney Winthrop

Karen Dotrice ... Elizabeth Winthrop

Richard Deacon ... Ralph Yarby
Tom Lowell ... Jasper
Sean McClory ... Horatio Quaxton

Ed Wynn ... Rufus
Jerome Cowan ... Dr. Ramsey

Charles Lane ... Dr. Scoggins
Norman Grabowski ... Male Nurse
Gil Lamb ... Gas Attendant
Maudie Prickett ... Katie Barrett
Cami Sebring ... Violet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Aldridge ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Jackie Andre ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Parley Baer ... The Owl (voice) (uncredited)
Ernestine Barrier ... Nell (uncredited)
Hal Baylor ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Karin Blake ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Carla Borelli ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Charlie Pettibone (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Attendant at Twin Oaks (uncredited)
Marianna Case ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Amadee Chabot ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Night Watchman (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Etta Pettibone (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Manson (uncredited)
Dorothy Duffy ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... The Bluejay (voice) (uncredited)

Susan Flannery ... Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Kathy Foley ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Kathee Francis ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pamela Gail ... Snapdragon (uncredited)
Susan Gates ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Nancy Gould ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Barbara Halpern ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Karl Held ... Paul (uncredited)
Bunny Henning ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Susan Henning ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pamela Howard ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Joyce Menges ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Carol Merrill ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Gas Station Mechanic (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... The Raccoon (voice) (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Dark-suited Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Toni O'Connor ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Carol O'Kane ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Brenda Power ... Married Gnome (uncredited)

Jacki Ray ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Pat Ann Reid ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Dyane Robins ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Jeanne Shipman ... Married Gnome (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Attendant at Airport (uncredited)

Lee Stanley ... Singing Gnome (uncredited)
Cindy Taylor ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Uniformed Guard (uncredited)
Judy Van Worner ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)
Mimi Zerbini ... Gnome Maiden (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
 
Writing credits
Ellis Kadison (screenplay)

Upton Sinclair (book)

Produced by
James Algar .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Norman R. Palmer  (as Norman Palmer)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
William H. Tuntke 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph L. McEveety .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cameron .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Calvin A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Bob Richardson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Neva Rames .... costumer
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Wayne Robinson .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
David Jonas .... art styling
Sammy McKim .... art styling (as Sam McKim)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
84 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #21173) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1976) | West Germany:o.Al.
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Parts of the movie were filmed at Big Basin State Park in Santa Cruz County, California.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Gnome-Mobile SongSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Busy, lively live-action Disney feature with plenty to like., 15 March 2005
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

The kids from Mary Poppins are re-united on screen to play modern-day siblings in this likable live-action Disney feature. Also on display are some neat special effects (for the time, anyway), in which normal-sized actors and gnomes seem to share the same screen space.

Rodney (Matthew Garber) and Elizabeth (Karen Dotrice) arrive in San Francisco to meet up with their grandfather D.J Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), who runs a successful lumber company. They drive out to a redwood forest for a picnic, where Elizabeth happens across a gnome named Jasper (Tom Lowell), who begs her for help. Seems Jasper's grandpa Knobby (Brennan, again) is on the verge of death-by-depression because he thinks that he and Jasper are the world's only remaining gnomes and has lost all hope of seeing young Jasper finding a wife. Rodney, Elizabeth and D.J agree to help the gnomes by driving them to other forests further up the coast. En route, an opportunistic freak-show boss, Quaxton (Sean McClory), catches a glimpse of the gnomes and kidnaps them for his carnival. Matters worsen when D.J tries to get his own security agents to lead the hunt for the kidnapped gnomes, for they dismiss his orders as the ramblings of a mad-man and have him locked away in an asylum. Rodney and Elizabeth are the only ones who can free their grandfather, rescue the gnomes, and find a bride for Jasper before it's too late!

Generally-speaking the film is likable and entertaining. Brennan is always a pleasure to watch and this is no exception (in fact, a double-pleasure as he has a dual role). Both child-actors are pretty good, especially Garber who demonstrates an understanding of comic timing/underplaying that most kids just don't have. The special effects are impressive for 1967, with convincing visual trick work to have the gnomes interacting with the humans, and some well done talking-animal-scenes at the beginning of the film. There are a few drawbacks. The title song 'Gnome-Mobile' is truly horrible, and McClory's villain isn't built up enough to make him a hissable bad guy. He just sort of appears in a few scenes looking shady, then disappears from the story without his role in it amounting to very much.

On the whole, I like The Gnome-Mobile. It's harmless fun, with an inventive plot, enjoyable performances and lots of agreeably zany episodes.

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