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Herbie Rides Again (1974)

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


Robert Stevenson


Bill Walsh (screenplay), Gordon Buford (story)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




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 ... 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


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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He's a party crasher...a bad guy smasher...a home saver...a wave maker...but most of all Herbie's a LOVEABLE BUG! See more »


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Did You Know?


Disney worked closely with Volkswagen to promote the sequel. Every each VW dealer had a Bug on display that was made up to look like Herbie, and 300,000 Herbie posters were distributed to dealers to pass on to their customers. If a customer wanted to turn their new Beetle into a Herbie, they could buy a graphics kit from the VW parts department. See more »


The model year of Volkswagen used for Herbie shifts back and forth throughout the film. It's most visible when the side rear windows change size from smaller (1963) to larger (1966). See more »


[Alonzo Hawk is aroused in the middle of the night by his phone ringing and ending the nightmare of Herbie, attacking him]
Alonzo Hawk: [answering the phone] Yeah, what is it?
Loostgarten: [on the phone] Sorry to disturb you at this time of the night, Mr. Hawk, but a guy with my job can't afford to make mistakes.
Alonzo Hawk: What are you talking about?
Loostgarten: That address you gave me on the phone.
Alonzo Hawk: Well, what about it?
Loostgarten: Uh, 343 Oleander Heights. Are you sure that's the right address?
Alonzo Hawk: Of course I'm sure, you idiot! I know it as well as my own address.
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Love that Volkswagon!
12 June 1999 | by pazuzu-2See all my reviews

Herbie the Volkswagon is one of my childhood favorites and this is the movie I discovered Him.

Seeing this movie again, I ended up loving it all over again and think it is a pretty good family movie.

A weird thing about this movie is that even though it was filmed in 1973, it looks like it was made in the mid sixties. I guess it was Stephanie Powers's character's sense of style and the heavy use of sets and rear projection.

The Volkswagon beatle has always had a persona to it and the Herbie movies highlight it.

"The Love Bug" and "Herbie Rides Again" are great examples of the child like spirit of Disney at their best.

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6 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Bug Rides Again See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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