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The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 December 1976 (USA)
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A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.



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John Myhers ...
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Richard Bakalyan ...
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Warren Berlinger ...
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Sequel to the 1959 movie about a boy who gets turned into a dog because of an ancient ring which some say is cursed. Today the boy, Wilby Daniels is a grown man, a lawyer and with a family. When they're robbed and Wilby tries to report it to police but only gets the run around, he decides to run for District Attorney or D.A. Because he believes that the current D.A. John Slade is not only doing his job but is on the take. When Daniels publicly denounces Slade, Slade decides to try and get something on him. And he might have found it when the ring that turned him into a dog when he was a boy is stolen from the museum and when the words inside are read, he turns into a dog. Written by

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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Um Estranho Advogado  »

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Final film of director Robert Stevenson. See more »


When Tim brings the dog into the bar for the second time he pulls a barstool out for the dog. A crew member's hand is clearly visible grabbing hold of it at the bottom to keep it steady. See more »


Wilby Daniels: Did you hear what I said?
Betty Daniels: Yes, I did. And we're just going to pretend that you never said it.
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The Shaggy D.A.
Sung by Dean Jones
Written by Shane Tatum and Richard McKinley
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Warning: Spoilers
17 February 2006 | by (DeKalb Co., Georgia) – See all my reviews

Just kidding (As if anyone could not figure out-- whether they've seen the movie or not-- how it will turn out).

Like one of the other people who commented above, I was a kid (6) when this movie came out, and for some reason this is one of the movies that sticks in my mind along with Gus, Boatniks, and the '66 Batman, when I think back on the movies I saw at that age. So Shaggy DA has a built-in nostalgia factor as far as I'm concerned, and maybe for others my age, but anyone else would probably be bored to tears. The pie-fight had a little spark of energy, but watching this now mainly just serves to remind what low standards "family entertainment" had in the 70s. It's really amazing, today, to look back on this kind of stuff-- Shaggy DA, Pete's Dragon, that "Goin Cocoanuts" thing the Osmonds put out-- and think: Good Lord, was that really the best they could do?

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