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The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Kyle Crichton (play), Cordelia Drexel Biddle (book) | 2 more credits »
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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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So BIG...So LIVELY...ONE-in-a-million! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1967 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A legboldogabb milliomos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The last live-action film that Walt Disney worked on. At the time of his death, the crew had completed principal photography, but post-production had not begun. It was with this film that the studio's trend of subjecting its live-action musicals wholesale cuts began. Radio City Music Hall, the site of the film's New York premiere, had a Disney-themed Christmas stage show and demanded cuts to accommodate it. See more »

Goofs

When John and Angie are at the bar, the amounts of Stout in the two glasses change between frames. 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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Featured in The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) See more »

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There are Those
(uncredited)
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Geraldine Page and Gladys Cooper
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The last true example of Disney brilliance
15 October 2003 | by todd836See all my reviews

The Happiest Millionaire has stayed with me since the first time I saw it when I was a child of four. Since then I have watched this brilliant blend of brilliant writing, music and even better acting dozens, perhaps a hundred times. Why should my comments weigh a little heavier than other posted? Because I am only 21 years old. This movie came out twenty five years before I did and my love for it speaks of its timeless charm. I won't give away one single hint of the plot for those who are checking this having never seen the film. Do yourself a favor and let the picture remind us of a time ( a time some of us have never known) of great innocence and beauty. I speak not only of 1916, when the film took place but also of 1967 when shortly before his death Walt Disney himself oversaw the making of this movie. It has been said in reviews that this film was supposed to compete with the earlier success of Mary Poppins and while the box office or revenue reports will show that the masses did not experience it, it does not show that they would not have appreciated it. I am your run of the mill 21 year old college student who likes all sorts of movies but I treasure this and several other films of the era with many of the same actors, DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!!!!!


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