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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
Professor Ribart
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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Release Date:

May 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Digby - Der größte Hund der Welt  »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Edited into CBS Children's Film Festival: Digby (1977) See more »

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Even with its problems I like it
22 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I remember first seeing Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World when I was about 8 or so, and I loved it. Rewatching it 10 years later, it isn't as good as I remembered it being, but it is fun besides.

I do agree with everyone about the special effects, they aren't that great at all. In fact, even by 1970s standard, they are actually pretty bad. I also agree about Spike Milligan, with someone of his calibre he deserved more screen time and perhaps better material too, he wasn't bad as such, he just deserved more. Coming onto the script and storyline, the script does have a lot of funny moments but there are some grey areas as well, while the story has its predictable spots.

However, there is also some funny dialogue and some inspired sight gags. Also, I loved the concept, and the film worked fairly well with it. While the special effects aren't great, the cinematography and scenery are still pretty good, and the direction is at least okay. The acting is decent, Jim Dale especially is a lot of fun, however it is the big dog Digby who steals the show, he is very endearing. And I liked the characters, yes one or two of them are stereotypes, but they are at least likable and funny.

In conclusion, a decent film without being outstanding. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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