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Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)

Passed  -  Comedy | Family  -  8 February 1967 (USA)
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Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the ... See full summary »

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Father Sylvain
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Hank Dussard
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Maria Riserau
Bernard Woringer ...
Marcel Cartucci
Clément Harari ...
Emile Paraulis (as Clement Harari)
Yvonne Constant ...
Yolande Angelli
Marcel Hillaire ...
Mayor Gaston Lou
Jules Munshin ...
Monsieur Piastillio
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Maurice Marsac ...
Fontanino
Darleen Carr ...
Sidoni Riserau
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Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the local priest and a pretty villager. Desperate for laborers, the inventive Dussard turns to the zaniest crew of olive pickers ever recruited - four mischievous monkeys! As former members of an Air Force space team, these intelligent chimps quickly pick up on their new responsibilities - but prove to have a turbulent effect on the local townspeople. Written by Mike Patton <film@start.no>

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DEAN GOES FOR YVETTE...YVETTE GOES FOR DEAN...and the whole town goes ape over a quartet of olive-pickin' chimps! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy | Family

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8 February 1967 (USA)  »

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A Francesa e o Americano  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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This is the last film project for Maurice Chevalier. See more »

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During the scene where the 4 chimpanzees are moved to a barn as a temporary home, there is one particular part where two are in the hay loft, one swinging there on a pulley and one having climbed up previously. Hank then tells the others to go into the loft, and three chimpanzees climb the ladder. See more »


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Joie De Vivre
Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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Bottom of the Barrel of Monkeys
23 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Speaking as someone who has made an extensive study of the live-action Disney films of the 1960s-1970s I can say with some authority that this is truly one of the worst films ever released by Disney; almost unwatchable. With the charming Dean Jones and Yvette Mimieux at the center of a romantic plot this film has its moments (along with a delightful Maurice Chevalier, in what is a small role though curiously first-billed), but it is constantly derailed by the need to add monkey antics to the mix. Bringing in trained animals is a constant source of mirth in Disney live action gimmick comedies; it works in a Bubblegum Pop/ College Comedy setting (see the Disney film "The Monkeys Uncle") but against the backdrop of an American desperately trying to save an olive farm in Provence the entire film just fights against itself for a hundred minutes. Supporting characters rage about for no apparent reason, constantly entering and exiting the plot with no apparent motivation; and we are supposed to believe (and the plot hinges) on the concept that the entire village would be outraged that a man would use trained monkeys to pick olives for a harvest that last but three days a year instead of hiring locals is a stretch even by Disney standards (and this is the studio that convinced us a boy could turn into a dog and a car could have a mind of its own).

This was released in the year following Walt Disney's death. One might wonder if he would have chucked the entire thing rather than release this to theatres under the Disney name. It is truly shocking that this film made it to DVD before many other, better-remembered titles from the era.


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