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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Jameson Brewer (screenplay), John C. Rose (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Knotts ... Henry Limpet
Carole Cook ... Bessie Limpet
Jack Weston ... George Stickel
Andrew Duggan ... Harlock
Larry Keating ... Admiral P.P. Spewter
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Charles Meredith ... Fleet Admiral
Elizabeth MacRae ... Ladyfish (voice)
Paul Frees ... Crusty (voice)
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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crusty the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon. When years later the Navy finds intelligent activity among dolphins, they may also know who is teaching them. Written by garykmcd

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will leave you limp with laughter! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Careful How You Wish See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final animated film work released by Warner Brothers before the animation studio was shut down. Warners would continue to release theatrical shorts produced by Depatie-Freleng Enterprises until 1969. See more »

Goofs

When George jumps in to "save" Henry, he takes off his shoes and tie, but keeps his jumper on. In the water and as he climbs back out of the water he is wearing only a tee shirt. See more »

Quotes

Henry Limpet: Say listen, I have an idea. Why don't we all go over to the university tomorrow for Professor Hoffmeyer's lecture!
George Stickel: ...Lecture?
Henry Limpet: Yeah, on decapods of the genera padurus! You know George he's eh, he's gonna talk about the eh, mating habits of the shellfish, eh heh heh. It's a little risque, sorta for adults only.
George Stickel: Uh, I'll just pass on that action Henry, I got a weak heart.
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Film ends with: THE END ? See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mr. Limpet March (Super Doodle Dandy)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Mr. Ed of the sea
28 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This film takes me back many years to when I had an argument with a cousin who was into all things aquatic and he wanted to see this film. Being two years older and more mature about these things I scorned seeing The Incredible Mr. Limpet at the time when it was first out.

Well almost fifty years later I can admit I was wrong. The Incredible Mr. Limpet which seems to have a dopey premise is a really charming mixed live action animation story which Don Knotts is perfectly cast in. And what's wrong with a film where a man achieves his life ambition, in this case to be a member of the piscatorial community.

Don Knotts plays Henry Limpet, a shy bookish sort that years before Danny Kaye would have played who has all kinds of ailments including bad vision that keep him out of World War II, at least as a human. One day out at Coney Island, Knotts falls off the pier and drowns. Drowns as a human, but through an unseen power returns as a most unusual Mr. Ed kind of fish.

Knotts keeps his nearsightedness and the glasses he wore as a human as well, but he's developed a kind of sonic blast that keeps predators like sharks away. It all proves most useful to the US Navy because even though Don Knotts is a fish, he's patriotic American fish.

Carole Cook plays his frustrated wife and Jack Weston, Knott's best friend and man ready to catch Cook on the rebound as Knotts seems more interested life under the sea than the motion of the ocean with Cook.

Despite these sly adult innuendos, The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a nice family film that holds up well after half a century. And Knotts finds true love in the ocean and by now there are untold thousands of Limpet fish in our sea world.

At least I hope so.


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