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Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

G | | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | May 1974 (USA)
Digby consumes a bowl of Project X, a liquid growth formula. Soon, he becomes a sheepdog of gigantic size!



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Douglas ...
Dr. Jameson
Richard Beaumont ...
Billy White
Colonel Masters
Garfield Morgan ...
Professor Ribart
Harry Towb ...
Kenneth J. Warren ...
General Frank
Bob Todd ...
The Great Manzini
Margaret Stuart ...
Molly Urquhart ...
Aunt Ina


Before his adventure begins, Digby is given to Bill by a friendly vet, but as Bill's grandfather doesn't like to have an English sheepdog in his house, Bill is forced to give him away. He gives Digby to a guy who works in a defense lab that experiments with animals and plants for space travel. A growth-boosting chemical is made in the lab, and the animal trainer steals some to boost his own tomato crop. Accidentally, the dog is fed some and, as a result, is growing all the time; eventually, he's the size of an ocean liner. As weird animals are attractions, Digby is stolen by two well-dressed hoods and sold to a circus, from which Digby escapes, hunted by the military, both Army and Air Force! Written by MLS

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May 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Digby - Der größte Hund der Welt  »

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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Michael Pertwee was the elder brother of Jon Pertwee, who was enjoying success as the third incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) at the time. See more »


Referenced in Peep Show: Sistering (2005) See more »

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A cult classic for the whole family??? DOG-gone right!
12 April 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

DIGBY is not exactly another doggie movie, but it's so out of sync that it just might work for a few cult movie crowds. So far, not many can top the KILLER TOMATOES for the most successful example of a movie that lives without a plot. This one comes very, very close! So close that even the humongous Digby gets lost in the focus throughout most of the time!

The comedy relief is quite groovy, but has that special charm to make this a nearly appropriate "family" outing....EXCEPT for a couple of parts that aren't up to "G" standards, including the prescence of a bunny girl! (Yes, a bunny girl!) If all of that sounds groovy, then it wouldn't matter so much to enjoy this warped-out experience made to step out of the Kids & Family TV program! The nonsense is way out cracked, and laughable enough to actually make the kids feel safely entertained. Then the hippies who have seen this at the theater will have called this "groovy!".

Oh, did I forget to mention Digby? After all, he became "the biggest dog in the world"! It's downright funny to watch a sheepdog tear up the screen of giant-sized proportions. The visuals look fairly clean on occasion, and other times, they're tacky. I bet the smaller kids would be thrilled by the fascination of things, but whoever wrote the script to this children's film (which was based on a book, by the way) was probably fired from the very beginning. Or maybe the director, having let the cops chase a speeding car? But when all is said and done, the senseless laughter is worth the price of admission.

Now if you're a fan with desire over rare movies, I've supplied the IMDb handfuls of commentaries on these which probably had short runs in the theater. DIGBY is a special choice to make for your collection, and a commonly overlooked one. And by golly, rent it if you have to! I just hope your kids will accept the pain and agony they'll get out of this wacko comedy. The family-friendly 70s has never been this groovy!

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