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Shinbone Alley (1970)

A newspaper man is reincarnated as a cockroach and makes friends with a free-spirited female alley cat.

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John Wilson (as John David Wilson), David Detiege

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Joe Darion (screenplay), John Wilson (story continuity) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carol Channing ... Mehitabel (voice)
Eddie Bracken ... Archy (voice)
Alan Reed ... Big Bill (voice) (as Allen Reed Sr.)
John Carradine ... Tyrone T. Tattersall (voice)
Hal Smith ... Freddie the Rat / Prissy Cat (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Penelope the Fat Cat / Ladybugs of the Evening (voice)
Sal Delano Sal Delano ... Beatnik Spider (voice)
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Rosie the Cat (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron Kane Byron Kane ... Newspaperman (voice)
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Storyline

A newspaperman jumps in the river to drown himself. He reappears as a cockroach, who finds he can still type by jumping up and down on the keys of a typewriter. He is in love with Mehitabel, the office cat. He writes poetry to her, and tries to keep her on the straight and narrow. Big Bill the Alley tom cat is Mehit's heart-throb, and Archy's nemesis. She has kittens, and archy declares war in a George Herriman sequence. Written by John D.Wilson <FinartsFilm@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kujien kuningatar See more »

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Fine Arts Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Ah, the Theatre, the Theatre
Music by George Kleinsinger
Lyrics by Joe Darion
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Wow!
5 October 2006 | by Vastarien202See all my reviews

I had a chance to see this glorious film again after nearly 23 years. I was very small when I saw it for the first time, and some hint of it stayed with me all this time. I just now finished watching it again, and, for me, it has lost none of its power. I am somewhat shocked that my mum let me watch it at such a young age, considering the lusty nature of Mehitabel, and the very dark attitudes, but I'm very glad that she had enough faith in me as a child to handle it.I was quite moved by the passion and joy of life all the characters have, even in the most awful circumstances. Pride in yourself as you are, with no apologies is indeed the best way to live. Thank you,Mehitabel. Thank you,Archy.


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