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Charley and the Angel (1973)

Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.

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Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Will Stanton (novel), Roswell Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Charley Appleby
Cloris Leachman ... Nettie Appleby
Harry Morgan ... The Angel formerly Roy Zerney
Kurt Russell ... Ray Ferris
Kathleen Cody ... Leonora Appleby
Vincent Van Patten ... Willie Appleby
Scott C. Kolden ... Rupert Appleby (as Scott Kolden)
George Lindsey ... Pete, Handyman
Edward Andrews ... Ernie, Banker
Richard Bakalyan ... Buggs
Barbara Nichols ... Sadie
Kelly Thordsen ... Policeman
Liam Dunn ... Dr. Sprague
Larry D. Mann ... Felix
George O'Hanlon ... Harry, Police Chief
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Storyline

Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.

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A heavenly SUPER (natural) COMEDY!

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Family | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charley e l'angelo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The $5 Felix gives Willie Appleby and Rupert Appleby each would be worth $75.36 in 2019 adjusted for inflation. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie they talk about summer is almost over. The 2nd day at the store he is by a calendar on the wall that says August. Then when Charley gets home his sons gave him a card for Father's Day and he said, That's right, Sunday is Father's Day. So that means it would be June. See more »

Quotes

Felix: Six cases go to Sadie's Place, and the rest goes to the Red Rooster. You got that?
Willie Appleby: Sure.
Felix: Good.
Willie Appleby: Hey how come they use so much cooking oil?
Felix: Well, uh, it's the new high grade thin oil. Yeah, they use it up faster. You guys better get going.
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Livin' One Day At The Time
By Shane Tatum and Ed Scott
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The Celestial Schedule of Arrivals
25 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Charley And The Angel was the final film that Fred MacMurray did for the Walt Disney Studio. It was certainly a profitable association for both Disney and MacMurray although this one does not come anywhere near such things as The Absent Minded Professor or The Shaggy Dog.

MacMurray as Charley Appleby is a workaholic just tending to business at the hardware store day after day and ignoring his family which includes wife Cloris Leachman and kids, Kathleen Cody, Vincent Van Patten, and Scott Kolden. Kathleen's got a pair of boyfriends interested in her in Kurt Russell and Ed Begley, Jr. And the boys are getting themselves into mischief.

MacMurray after a couple of close shaves gets a visit from guardian angel Harry Morgan who says because of those things, he's fouled up the celestial schedule. But he's on borrowed time and MacMurray now waking up and smelling the coffee decides he'd better change his lifestyle.

The Disney family formula was wearing a bit thin. I don't think it was an accident that Fred's last three films with Disney were all set in the past. Disney's current star of modern type comedies was the all American Kurt Russell.

The younger brothers innocent involvement with gangsters was something of a hoot however. I'm surprised Vincent Van Patten didn't go on to do more Disney items, he seemed perfect as a Magic Kingdom type.

Harry Morgan is a droll sort of angel who gets to do a bit of scenery chewing with MacMurray. He's easily the best one in the film.

Fans of Fred MacMurray should appreciate this.


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