The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 December 1976 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 1,730 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 14 critic

A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.



(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn
Family | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The adventures of two idiotic outlaw wannabees, Amos and Theodore.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn
Family | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts
Family | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Frederick Bolton has to solve two problems. First, his boss has instructed him to come up with a reasonable campaign to promote a new product, a stomach pill named "Aspercel" - by tomorrow.... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Dean Jones, Diane Baker, Lloyd Bochner
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When John Baxter inherits a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, he quits his job in New York and moves the family west to run it. Only to find that the place is a wreck. But together they ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Harry Morgan
The Love Bug (1968)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars
Family | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dexter Riley and his friends accidently discover a new chemical mixed with a cereal seems to give anyone temporary superhuman strength

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Eve Arden


Cast overview, first billed only:
John Slade
Katrinka Muggelberg
Brian Daniels
Eddie Roschak
John Myhers ...
Adm. Brenner
Richard Bakalyan ...
Freddie (as Dick Bakalyan)
Warren Berlinger ...
T.V. Director
Jonathan Daly ...
T.V. Interviewer
Howie Clemmings
Prof. Whatley


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A real shaggy dog story. The only candidate with a LAW DEGREE and a PEDIGREE! See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Estranho Advogado  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Dean Jones practiced the faces he pulled in the transformation scenes during the time his make-up was being applied. 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 »


Eddie Roschak: Well, I just don't like these... enthusiastic amateurs.
See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cosmic Princess (1989) See more »


The Shaggy D.A.
Sung by Dean Jones
Written by Shane Tatum and Richard McKinley
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good family film, but not great
1 February 2008 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Attorney Wilby Daniels (played by Dean Jones) and his wife Betty (played by Suzanne Pleshette) return to their home and find out that it has just been robbed. After the robbers return a second time to take everything else that they had left, Wilby decides to run for District Attorney so he can clean up the town and lock up the criminals for good.

Meanwhile, the same robbers who broke into his house have also stolen the famous Borgia ring from the local museum. Unfortunately for Wilby, every time someone reads the inscription, he turns into a sheepdog again. This of course, happens at the most inconvenient times, and the result is a silly, family-friendly comedy.

The Shaggy D.A. is a sequel to the 1959 Disney film, the Shaggy Dog. Though it's not quite as funny as the original, there still is a lot to like about this version of the story. The acting is pretty much on par with what we've come to expect from these Disney films, and the characters are pretty interesting, even if they are one-dimensional. The transformation from human to dog doesn't seem to work as well here as it did in the 1959 film, for some reason, but it's fine. If I had a complaint about this movie, it's that it goes a bit long and the same gags are used a few times too many. Other than that, it's nice to find a film that doesn't resort to 7th grade humor that seems to be in every "family" film these days.

The bottom line is this is a decent movie if you'd like to have a good time with the kids, but adults will be a bit bored from it fairly soon. It's not as good as some of the other Disney comedies from the 1960s and 1970s.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did Raymond get the ring? Sunneblueemli
Ever have creoblistade on your shoes? fletch37
Discuss The Shaggy D.A. (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: