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Herbie Rides Again (1974)

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Gordon Buford (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hayes ... Mrs. Steinmetz
Ken Berry ... Willoughby Whitfield
Stefanie Powers ... Nicole
John McIntire ... Mr. Judson
Keenan Wynn ... Alonzo Hawk
Huntz Hall ... Judge
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Chauffeur
Dan Tobin ... Lawyer
Vito Scotti ... Taxi Driver
Raymond Bailey ... Lawyer
Liam Dunn ... Doctor
Elaine Devry ... Secretary
Chuck McCann ... Loostgarten
Richard X. Slattery ... Traffic Commissioner
Hank Jones ... Sir Lancelot
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Storyline

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 Alfred Jingle

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The Loveable Bug's back doin' his thing! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Bug Rides Again See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$38,229,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Willoughby Whitfield: We understand your position Mrs. Steinmetz. That's why Mr. Hawk has authorized...
Grandma Steinmetz: Don't tell me you're from Alonzo Hawk?
Willoughby Whitfield: Yes.
Grandma Steinmetz: Oh, and you have such a nice face.
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Connections

Referenced in Steptoe and Son: And So to Bed (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Carnival of the Animals - The Swan
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Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
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The best of the series.
17 July 1999 | by matt-81See all my reviews

"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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