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The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | 16 February 1966 (USA)
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

Writers:

Albert Aley (screenplay), G.B. Stern (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Jones ... Mark Garrison
Suzanne Pleshette ... Fran Garrison
Charles Ruggles ... Dr. J.L. Pruitt (as Charlie Ruggles)
Kelly Thordsen ... Officer Carmody
Parley Baer ... Mel Chadwick
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Mr. Toyama
Mako ... Kenji
Charles Lane ... Judge
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Storyline

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 into letting Danke wet nurse a Great Dane pup that's been abandoned by his mother. And Mark wants to keep the Great Dane. But Brutus has this problem: he thinks he's a dachshund and he's too big to be a lapdog. But when Fran ridicules Brutus one too many times, Jim's got a plan to prove to everyone (and Fran) that a great Dane can be far more than just an ugly dachshund. Written by Kathy Li

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Taglines:

A HAPPY HONEYMOON GOES TO THE DOGS!...When a Great Dane disguised as a Dachsie crashes the party! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 February 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 bassotti per 1 danese See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Dick Wessel. He died shortly after principal photography was completed, and Paul Frees looped in Wessel's entire part in post-production. See more »

Goofs

Just over 43 minutes into the movie, when the dachshunds climb up on the bed with Fran, it is clear that one of the puppies is a male. Early in the movie, all of the dachshund puppies are said to be female. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Eat something, Harry. Everyone says Eat something, Harry. Nobody says Drink something Harry...
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill) and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Suzanne Pleshette
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Forget the dogs--give us Pleshette!
9 February 2006 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Here it is, forty years later, and I could talk about Disney's minor effort in The Ugly Dachshund, a bland little quickie of a family movie that features not a single fresh idea or character. It does have cute dachshunds (which I appreciate) and a great dane (two votes from my wife and daughter; no taste there!), Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, and Charlie Ruggles.

The story is unimportant and, unfortunately, is not very well pieced together; usually live-action features from Disney in the 60's and 70's were pretty tightly plotted. The movie just has one opportunity after another for the dogs to destroy the best efforts of humans. It's all so dumb and gentle and uninvolved that you'll want to slap a blue ribbon for mediocrity on the side of your TV--Blandest in Show!

But who cares, anyway? It has Suzanne Pleshette. I watched the whole movie and griped about the dozen minutes or so lopped off by Hallmark for a two hour time slot. That meant there was footage of Pleshette missing! Throughout the movie, she appears in one lovely outfit after another, looking like a gift from Heaven (and she falls on a Japanese fellow at one point--he's laying on his back after collapsing from his fear of the great dane--and she's got these tight pants on and . . . ).

Wooeee . . . was I gone long?

Just leave it to me to smut up a review of a Disney movie!

By the way, when Pleshette falls on the Japanese guy, he has this little grin on his face that made me think he went to the director and told him to forget paying him for the day--it was all worth it.


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