Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.
Jim Douglas and his partner Bo ran a small driving school with a very "human" Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who could think for "himself" and frequently got Jim into some sticky comic ... See full summary »
On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College's new track coach lodges at Blackbeard's Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.
Alonzo Hawk is a mean-spirited property developer who has bought several blocks of land in the downtown district in order to build a gigantic shopping mall. There is one problem however; an elderly widow named Steinmetz won't sell the one remaining lot that Hawk needs to proceed with his scheme. So he resorts to all manner of chicanery, legal or otherwise, to get it. Fortunately, the widow Steinmetz has an ace up her sleeve in the form of Herbie, the miraculous Volkswagen.Written by
Herbie Rides Again (1974)'s theatrical date of release, Thursday, June 6th, 1974 was also the 30th anniversary of World War II event, D-Day, & date on Tuesday, June 6th, 1944. II is 2, in Roman Numerals. 10,957 days (1,565 weeks & 2 days) differ between Tuesday, June 6th, 1944 & Thursday, June 6th, 1974. See more »
When Herbie is challenging the driver of the 1957 Mercury hardtop to a game of chicken (with Willoughby held prisoner inside Herbie), the driver of the Mercury swerves away at the last second. When we next see the driver of the Mercury, he is in what appears to be a Chrysler product vehicle, judging by the uniquely shaped front vent window which was a feature on Chrysler Corporation products between 1957 and 1964. See more »
"The Love Bug" runs this entry a very close second, but the energy of "Herbie Rides Again" makes it perfect for kids. There are many great scenes and sequences that appeal to the younger set, and the normally 'bo-ring' opening credits are spiced up with stock footage of buildings being demolished. That immediately made me pay attention when I was a little whipper-snapper!
Disney should have stopped this series at this point. The next film, "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," was pedestrian, and only saving grace was that it, A) features Don Knotts, and B) is 1,000 times better than "Herbie Goes Bananas," the only good thing about which is the whacky title.
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