Herbie Rides Again (1974)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  6 June 1974 (USA)
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The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Steinmetz
Mr. Judson
Huntz Hall ...
Ivor Barry ...
Dan Tobin ...
Taxi Driver
Liam Dunn ...
Elaine Devry ...
Richard X. Slattery ...
Traffic Commissioner (as RichardX.Slattery) (as Richard X.Slattery: in closing credits)


Alonzo Hawk is a mean-spirited property developer who has bought several blocks of land in the downtown district in order to build a gigantic shopping mall. There is one problem however; an elderly widow named Steinmetz won't sell the one remaining lot that Hawk needs to proceed with his scheme. So he resorts to all manner of chicanery, legal or otherwise, to get it. Fortunately, the widow Steinmetz has an ace up her sleeve in the form of Herbie, the miraculous Volkswagen. Written by Alfred Jingle

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6 June 1974 (USA)  »

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1.75 : 1
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Actor Keenan Wynn reprized his evil character role of villainous & extremely short-tempered, "Alonzo Hawk" from both The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and its sequel Son of Flubber (1963) making Herbie Rides Again (1974) the only picture outside "The Absent-Minded Professor" franchise to feature his character role. See more »


When Herbie starts calling up other Volkswagens to defend the firehouse, the first one is another Herbie with the "53" logo painted over. The front seat of that car is also removed and a driver's head is visible (covered in a cap that's the same color as the rest of the car seats). He is almost out of sight, but not quite. See more »


Alonzo Hawk: At the tender age of nineteen, I was the best known repossessor of cars west of the Mississippi. Hot-wire Hawk, they called me.
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Love that Volkswagon!

Herbie the Volkswagon is one of my childhood favorites and this is the movie I discovered Him.

Seeing this movie again, I ended up loving it all over again and think it is a pretty good family movie.

A weird thing about this movie is that even though it was filmed in 1973, it looks like it was made in the mid sixties. I guess it was Stephanie Powers's character's sense of style and the heavy use of sets and rear projection.

The Volkswagon beatle has always had a persona to it and the Herbie movies highlight it.

"The Love Bug" and "Herbie Rides Again" are great examples of the child like spirit of Disney at their best.

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