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Digby: The Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

Digby consumes a bowl of Project X, a liquid growth formula. Soon, he becomes a sheepdog of gigantic size!


Joseph McGrath


Charles Isaacs (story), Ted Key (novel) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Dale ... Jeff Eldon
Spike Milligan ... Dr. Harz
Angela Douglas ... Janine
John Bluthal ... Jerry
Norman Rossington ... Tom
Milo O'Shea ... Dr. Jameson
Richard Beaumont ... Billy White
Dinsdale Landen ... Colonel Masters
Garfield Morgan ... Rogerson
Victor Spinetti ... Professor Ribart
Harry Towb ... Ringmaster
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... General Frank
Bob Todd ... The Great Manzini
Margaret Stuart Margaret Stuart ... Assistant
Molly Urquhart Molly Urquhart ... Aunt Ina


Before his adventure begins, Digby is given to Bill by a friendly vet, but as Bill's grandfather doesn't like to have an English sheepdog in his house, Bill is forced to give him away. He gives Digby to a guy who works in a defense lab that experiments with animals and plants for space travel. A growth-boosting chemical is made in the lab, and the animal trainer steals some to boost his own tomato crop. Accidentally, the dog is fed some and, as a result, is growing all the time; eventually, he's the size of an ocean liner. As weird animals are attractions, Digby is stolen by two well-dressed hoods and sold to a circus, from which Digby escapes, hunted by the military, both Army and Air Force! Written by MLS

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Screenwriter Michael Pertwee was the elder brother of Jon Pertwee, who was enjoying success as the third incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) at the time. See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »

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1970's in a nutshell
2 April 2002 | by darwiniantheorySee all my reviews

There are FEW films that are just FUN for kids in the 1970's.... the most that we British had were the Carry on Movies... so seeing a nice little film with Jim Dale in is always a treat!

The basic story is simple, the effects are childlike and ...well.. simple and the acting is also as you can guess SIMPLE. This does not make for a plain SIMPLE movie for kids though. It shows them the basic kindness of the human spirit and some of the darker sides of captured animals because they are different too!

The jokes are inlayed in the movie together with basic 1970's British steriotypical images of the army, circus workers and the average Joe about the street, but it still holds together quite well.

If nothing more this film is fun and carefree, it doesn't really leave you with anything after you have seen it apart from a lil warm glow!

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