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Director:
Writers:
Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
Don DaGradi (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 March 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Herbie Will Honk His Way Into Your Heart. See more »
Plot:
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Best of the series See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (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:
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
 
Stunts
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt driver (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
 
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Runtime:
108 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
During the exchange between Jim Douglas and Mr. Wu while hanging from Herbie's rear bumper: "Car very strong." "And very fast." "The strength of forty horses." The stock Volkswagen Beetle engine did have forty horsepower.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Herbie's wheel comes off and the car crashes over the side of the cliff, the bonnet comes up. In the next shot it is down againSee more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Tik-Tak-Polka op. 365See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Best of the series, 13 May 2000
Author: kbyerly from Berkeley, California

What if things really do have an inner life? What if the machines we take for granted as being under our control have an essence, a life force, a soul that needs only to be cultivated to be brought out into the open?

Mystic-minded hippie-type Tennessee Steinmetz (Buddy Hackett) argues that this is the case when his roommate, down-on-his-luck race driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) acquires a Volkswagen Beetle that frequently refuses to comply with its driver's demands. Tennessee claims that the car is alive, and names it Herbie. Jim doesn't believe this for a second, but that doesn't stop him from using the car's unusual speed to bring success to his previously undistinguished racing career. Meanwhile, Peter Thorndyke (David Tomlinson), the snobbish and hot-tempered owner of the dealership where Douglas bought the car, is having fits over Douglas' inexplicable winning streak. A race driver himself, Thorndyke becomes Jim's (and Herbie's) primary rival, resorting to increasingly sneaky tactics to prevail on the racetrack. Jim believes his own driving skill deserves the credit for his newfound success, but finally comes to believe the truth about Herbie in time for the final climactic race.

By far the funniest and best of Disney's Herbie series, The Love Bug is silly fun that's still smartly written enough to be fun for all ages. The special effects are somewhat dated and primitive, but they suffice. It's not easy to make a car show emotion, but here it's done with surprising effectiveness. It also doesn't hurt that as a car, the VW Bug has a lot of personality to start with. The human actors do well too; Dean Jones makes for a likeable hero, and Michele Lee the love interest. However, the real comic gold comes from Buddy Hackett as the offbeat Tennessee, who in Jim's words is `just in off a flying saucer,' and David Tomlinson as British rival Thorndyke, whose angry outbursts are deliciously over-the-top without crossing the fine line into obnoxious overacting.

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