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The Love Bug -- A race car driver wins races in VW Bug with a mind of its own.


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Release Date:
13 March 1969 (USA) See more »
Herbie Will Honk His Way Into Your Heart. See more »
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Herbie Weaves His Magic See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Jones ... Jim Douglas

Michele Lee ... Carole Bennett

David Tomlinson ... Peter Thorndyke

Buddy Hackett ... Tennessee Steinmetz

Joe Flynn ... Havershaw
Benson Fong ... Mr. Wu
Joe E. Ross ... Detective (in opening credits) (as Joe E.Ross)
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ... Carhop
Andy Granatelli ... Association President

Ned Glass ... Toll Booth Attendant
Robert Foulk ... Bice
Gil Lamb ... Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ... Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag
Russ Caldwell ... Boy Driving Dune-buggy
Max Balchowsky
Peter Renaday ... Policeman on Bridge (as P.L. Renoudet)
Brian Fong ... Chinese Carrying Herbie
Alan Fordney
Stan Duke

Gary Owens ... Announcer
Chick Hearn ... Announcer

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Mexican Driver (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
Dale Van Sickel ... Driver
Regis Parton ... Driver (as Reg Parton)
Regina Parton ... Driver

Tom Bamford ... Driver
Bob Drake ... Driver
Marion J. Playan ... Driver
Hall Brock ... Driver

Bill Hickman ... Driver
Rex Ramsey ... Driver
Hal Grist ... Driver
Lynn Grate ... Driver
Larry Schmitz ... Driver
Dick Warlock ... Driver (as Richard Warlock)
Dana Derfus ... Driver
Everett Creach ... Driver
Gerald Jann ... Driver
Bill Couch ... Driver
Ted Duncan ... Driver
Robert F. Hoy ... Driver (as Robert Hoy)
Gene Roscoe ... Driver
Jock Mahoney ... Driver (as Jack Mahoney)
Charles Willis ... Driver
Richard Brill ... Driver
Roy Butterfield ... Driver
Rudy Doucette ... Driver
J.J. Wilson ... Driver
Jim McCullough Sr. ... Driver (as Jim McCullough)

Bud Ekins ... Driver
Glenn R. Wilder ... Driver (as Glenn Wilder)
Gene Curtis ... Driver
Robert James ... Driver
John Timanus ... Driver
Bob Harris ... Driver
Fred Krone ... Driver
Dick Geary ... Driver (as Richard Geary)

Jesse Wayne ... Driver
Jack Perkins ... Driver
Fred Stromsoe ... Driver
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Driver (as Ronnie Rondell)
Kim Brewer ... Driver

Herbie The Love Bug ... Itself (as Herbie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Alton ... Official (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Race Track Timekeeper (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Track Official (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Mr. Wu's Manager (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Mexican Official (uncredited)
Allen Jung ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Kathryn Minner ... Flower Saleswoman (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Race Track Starter (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Policeman on Bridge (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
Don DaGradi (screenplay)

Gordon Buford (story)

Produced by
Bill Walsh .... producer
Original Music by
George Bruns 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Production Management
Paul Cameron .... unit manager (as Paul L.Cameron)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Hibler .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Robert Webb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wylie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects (as Dan Lee)
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... special photographic effects
Eustace Lycett .... special photographic effects
Alan Maley .... special photographic effects
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stan Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Emily Sundby .... costumer
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestration
Other crew
Carey Loftin .... supervisor: driving sequences
Crew verified as complete

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108 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Norway:A | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:G (Approved No. 21083) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The movie was made and released about seven years after its source novel "Car, Boy, Girl" by Gordon Buford had been first published in 1961.See more »
Continuity: At the drive up restaurant, Carole's earrings are on when talking to Jim Douglas, off when talking to the hippies, and then back on again when talking to Jim Douglas again.See more »
[first lines]
Jim Douglas:I'd like another shot at that prize money. Okay for next Sunday?
Bice:No, Jim, it ain't okay.
Jim Douglas:Now, look, Bice, I know...
Bice:No, *you* look. All my drivers are eighteen, nineteen... You're too old for these kid snorts. You're liable to get hurt in there.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Herbie Weaves His Magic, 28 December 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Many a film has put out the notion that animal pets, dogs and cats etc, have to find the people they are suited for. But until Disney Studios put out The Love Bug, cars definitely did not seek out their owners.

Yet that's what happens when one day racing driver Dean Jones comes into the auto show room of David Tomlinson who usually deals in the most pricey of cars. This little Volkswagen offends his dignity somewhat and Tomlinson abuses it. Jones defends it however.

But what neither of them know, but Jones soon finds out is that this unprepossessing beetle has a mind all its own. And when it wants to the beetle has speed like nothing else.

When Tomlinson finds out what he's lost, he'll stop at nothing to get Herbie back. He's been given a name now, by Buddy Hackett who plays Jones's mechanic. He's the first to really realize how special Herbie is.

I'm willing to bet that those who succeeded Uncle Walt at the Magic Kingdom never realized just what a franchise The Love Bug would prove to be. This and all the succeeding films made lots of money for the studio and Herbie still has plenty of life left in him as his most recent outing a year or so ago with Lindsay Lohan ought to prove.

Herbie's quite the romantic too. He even helps win the heart of Michele Lee for Jones. But this is a Disney film so that's kind of a given.

This first Love Bug movie had a good cast of supporting players who were finding the Disney Studio their employer of last resort. Where else can you see someone like Iris Adrian in a brief, but very funny role as a carhop or Joe E. Ross as a policeman? It's one of the reasons I like the Disney films in general.

The Love Bug set a good standard for the future films. It's got laughs and also plenty of heart and soul.

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