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The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 10 July 1968 (USA)
Clever yet hapless new butler John Lawless manages a Philadelphia household for quirky and joyful millionaire Anthony Drexel Biddle, his unflappable wife, Cordelia, and their spitfire daughter, Cordy.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Kyle Crichton (play), Cordelia Drexel Biddle (book) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Father
Greer Garson ... Mother
Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Mary
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Duke
Tommy Steele ... John Lawless
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Worth
John Davidson ... Angie
Lesley Ann Warren ... Cordy
Paul Petersen ... Tony
Eddie Hodges ... Livingston
Joyce Bulifant ... Rosemary
Sean McClory ... Police Sgt.
Jim McMullan ... Lt. Powell
William Wellman Jr. ... Lt. Grayson
Aron Kincaid ... Walter Blakely
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Storyline

A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father--especially since the nice young men around town all fear him. Wouldn't you fear a father-in-law that keeps alligators for pets and teaches boxing at his daily Bible classes? Cordelia decides to run off to boarding school and promptly finds the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, his family doesn't approve of Biddle's outrageous antics, either. A Disney musical punctuated by snappy songs and an energetic debut by Tommy Steele. This is reportedly one of the last live- action films Walt Disney personally oversaw. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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Taglines:

So BIG...So LIVELY...ONE-in-a-million! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard M. Sherman had reservations about whether Fred MacMurray was right for the part of Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, but Walt Disney overruled him. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the camera appears to look East on Walnut Street, past Rittenhouse Square, with the tower of Philadelphia City Hall in the distance. Cars are shown on a drive in the square. No such drive ever existed. City Hall is on Market Street and the tower would have been outside the frame of this shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Lawless: [singing] Well now, ain't this an elegant neighborhood, all the residents dressed so fine! One day off the boat am I, with a job that's nearly mine! 'Tis a job with an elegant millionaire, and his elegant family! Today I move from immigrant - to high society!
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Alternate Versions

The original uncut roadshow version was actually trade-screened at 164 minutes. This version has been shown on the Disney Channel, and has only now been released to video and to DVD. This version, five minutes longer than the 1967 premiere version, adds a scene with Mr. and Mrs. Biddle after the children have left, and the song "It Won't Be Long Till Christmas." See more »

Connections

Featured in The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Bella Figlia Dell'Amore
  • from "Rigoletto" (uncredited)

Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Fred MacMurray
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User Reviews

Excellent
27 September 1998 | by Mr.TSee all my reviews

This was a great movie. When I saw it, I was amazed. The plot changed so many times on me, that I did not know what was going to happen at the end. It turned out being the best movie that I have ever seen and would give it 500 thumbs up.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (original) | (Roadshow Version)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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