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The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

A henpecked husband sees a unicorn outside his window--or does he?

Director:

William T. Hurtz

Writer:

James Thurber (story)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Based on James Thurber's short-story about a mild,hen-pecked man who, while preparing his breakfast, looks out the window and sees a unicorn eating flowers in the garden. He rushes upstairs to inform his domineering wife, and she accuses him of being crazy and threatens to have him put away. He persists that he did see a unicorn in the garden, and she phones for the authorities to come take him away. But when they arrive, with strait-jackets, they find the wife rambling and raving about seeing the unicorn, and promptly take her away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enhjørningen i haven See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

Henpecked milquetost husband: [nudging his wife awake, causing her to impatiently roll over to face him] There's a unicorn in the garden - - eating the flowers.
Shrewish overbearing wife: [irritably, in a loud contemptuous dramatically-paused "read my lips" tone] A UNICORN - - is a MYTHICAL - - CREATURE!
[huffily rolls back over and wraps the blanket tightly around her head]
Henpecked milquetost husband: [...]
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Featured in All About 'The Good Life' (2010) See more »

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The Great James Thurber
22 December 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I remember reading this story in middle school. I became enamored with the wonderful wit and insights of James Thurber. I thought "The Night the Bed Fell" to be one of the funniest stories ever written, all under the guise that these were Thurber's relatives. This tale is a short one. We empathize with the husband whose I'll-tempered wife won't listen to him. He sees a unicorn in the garden eating roses and wants so badly to be listened to. When his dreams are crushed, he manages to work things out to his advantage. It reveals a real sense of justice. Thurber's simple drawings still create wonderful personality among his characters. One of the best animations I've seen despite its simplicity.


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