When Miss Vicki's father dies, she becomes the world's greatest philanthropist. Unfortunately, she is flat broke! Her loyal butler, Claude Fitzwilliam, leads the household staff to rob from...
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In this comedy-satire on conformity, Dick Van Dyke plays a Manhattan bank teller who grows a beard when he develops a rash from a bee sting. He is promptly fired from his job while his ... See full summary »
Dick Van Dyke,
After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they ... See full summary »
Dick Van Dyke,
While in a train halted at a station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder committed in a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since ... See full summary »
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When Miss Vicki's father dies, she becomes the world's greatest philanthropist. Unfortunately, she is flat broke! Her loyal butler, Claude Fitzwilliam, leads the household staff to rob from various businesses by charging goods to various wealthy people and misdirecting the shipments, all to keep Miss Vicki's standard of living. After Fitzwilly's mother died Miss Vicki helped raise him and he loves her like a mother and would do anything for her. With Fitzwilly's encouragement, Miss Vicki writes a "Dictionary for Dopes" which contains all possible phonetic spellings of a word, and gives the reader the correct one, and for that she needs a secretary. Juliet is the one who is hired, soon she is caught up in the intrigue and falls in love with Fitzwilly. They agree to carry out one more caper before they get married, to keep Miss Vicki comfortable for the rest of her days. Written by
In 1974, Roger Kirwood opened a restaurant in Northampton, Massachusetts, called "Fitzwilly's," inspired by the original Dick Van Dyke film, featuring the film poster in its entrance. The restaurant is still in operation today. See more »
When Fitzwilly is picking out a piano there is a moving shadow from a piece of equipment. See more »
Disappointing, shapeless comedy--but Van Dyke is very good...
Dick Van Dyke plays head butler to New York society matron Edith Evans. She's actually penniless but doesn't know it; he leads a merry band of thieves whose main task is to keep Evans from giving away money she hasn't got--and to keep her living in style. The exposition at the start of the movie is immediately wearing (we know what's going on before the filmmakers are finished explaining, and the continual set-ups are not only redundant but less and less interesting). Barbara Feldon (looking, especially in her glasses, like Liza Minnelli in "The Sterile Cuckoo") plays a secretary hired from the outside who may help or hinder the plans, but she too is given such a lengthy introduction, we know more about her than is necessary. The script isn't witless or colorless, but it is definitely dry, with opportunities for big laughs that simply do not arrive. Van Dyke keeps whatever interest there is going, but this vehicle for him is extremely mild, exceptionally mundane, and filled with a kind of Jolly Roger merriment that doesn't translate to the viewer. Everyone on-screen seems to be having a high time, but the results are so heavy, and so obvious, that the end result is rather depressing. *1/2 from ****
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