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The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 19 March 1959 (USA)
A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.


Charles Barton


Bill Walsh (screenplay), Lillie Hayward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Wilson Daniels
Jean Hagen ... Freeda Daniels
Tommy Kirk ... Wilby Daniels
Annette Funicello ... Allison D'Allessio
Tim Considine ... Buzz Miller
Kevin Corcoran ... Moochie (Montgomery) Daniels
Cecil Kellaway ... Professor Plumcutt
Alexander Scourby ... Dr. Mikhail Andrassy
Roberta Shore ... Franceska Andrassy
James Westerfield ... Officer Hanson
Strother Martin ... Thurm
Forrest Lewis ... Officer Kelly
Ned Wever Ned Wever ... FBI Chief E.P. Hackett
Gordon Jones ... Captain Scanlon, Police Chief
Jacques Aubuchon ... Stefano


Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery.... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's dog-gone FUNNY! See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


The liner notes for a Disney DVD release claims that this is "The first ever live-action movie ever produced by Walt Disney...." This is completely false and ignores over a dozen live-action features (not counting shorts) that were produced and released by Disney. See more »


The basement window is hinged at the bottom and is open at the top into the room. Then, when Shaggy/Wilby goes through the window, it is hinged at the top and opens outward on the bottom. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is a shaggy dog story. It could've happened anywhere or to anyone. It so happened that it happened to Wilson Daniels. A man who loved people, but hated dogs.
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Alternate Versions

This film is also available in a computer colorized version. The colorized version was made for syndicated TV in the 1980s and was originally 10 minutes shorter than the original theatrical cut. The DVD release contains both versions of the film, with the colorized version being the same length as the original theatrical black and white version. See more »


Referenced in Disneyland '59 (1959) See more »


The Shaggy Dog
Written by Hazel George (as Gil George) and Paul J. Smith (as Paul Smith)
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User Reviews

Shaggy Dog- It's A Dog's Life **1/2
30 December 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen starred in this 1959 film. Miss Hagen was given very little to do here. Ironically, about 15 years after this film, both MacMurray and Hagen were diagnosed with throat cancer. He survived,dying from pneumonia years later. She succumbed 2 years later, in 1977, at age 54.

This lighthearted film deals with MacMurray being afraid of dogs only to have his son fall victim to a Borgia curse and turn into a dog at times. Naturally, there is the new girl next door whose father leads a spy ring. Our son turned dog hears all about their plots and the rest of the film is devoted to MacMurray not being believed by police that his son has turned into a dog. There is the usual wily car chase but this time a dog is at the wheel.

A typical Disney film without the usual fanfare. That's probably because the film is in black and white.

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Release Date:

19 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shaggy Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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