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The Happiest Millionaire [1967]

Director:Norman Tokar
Writer:AJ Carothers
Composer:Jack Elliott
Songs:Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father--especially since the nice young men around town all fear him.

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Norman Tokar => Director
AJ Carothers => Writer
Jack Elliott => Composer
Richard M. Sherman => Songs
Robert B. Sherman => Songs
Cordelia Drexel Biddle => Book
Kyle Crichton => Book and Play
Aron Kincaid => Walter Blakely
Eddie Hodges => Livingston
Frances Robinson => Aunt Gladys
Fred MacMurray => Father
Geraldine Page => Mrs. Duke
Gladys Cooper => Aunt Mary
Greer Garson => Mother
Hermione Baddeley => Mrs. Worth
Jim McMullan => Lt. Powell
Joan Marshall => Maid (uncredited)
John Davidson => Angie
Joyce Bulifant => Rosemary
Larry Merrill => Charlie Taylor
Lesley Ann Warren => Cordy
Norman Grabowski => Joe Turner (uncredited)
Paul Petersen => Tony
Sean McClory => Police Sgt.
Tommy Steele => John Lawless
William Wellman Jr. => Lt. Grayson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A payphone from the movie is now at Disneyland Park's Club 33 and fully functional. Guests can make calls free of charge.
  • Richard M. Sherman had reservations about whether Fred MacMurray was right for the part of Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, but Walt Disney overruled him.
  • Bill Walsh was the original choice for producer. He came up with the idea of making this film into a musical, but Walt Disney moved him onto Blackbeard's Ghost instead. Ironically, that film ended up out-grossing this one by a wide margin.
  • In the film, Cordelia Drexel Biddle is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Angie Duke is from New York City. In real life, Lesley Ann Warren, who played Cordelia, was born in New York City, while John Davidson, who played Angie, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • After the film's initial release, this film went unseen for many years, without a theatrical re-release or even a TV screening on [Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color], until the 144-minute version was first released on video in the US in 1983.
  • The song {Fortuosity} was written for Tommy Steele. It replaced a song called {Off Rittenhouse Square}, a demo of which appeared on the film's CD soundtrack reissue in 2002.
  • [?] Bill Anderson and [?] E. Cardon Walker, who became COO of Walt Disney Productions when Disney died, fought bitterly over the extent of the cuts and almost stopped talking because of it.
  • Running at 172 minutes, the uncut "Roadshow" version is the longest film ever to carry the Disney name (excluding Touchstone, Hollywood, and Miramax releases).
  • The last live-action film that Walt Disney worked on. At the time of his death, the crew had completed principal photography, but post-production had not begun. It was with this film that the studio's trend of subjecting its live-action musicals wholesale cuts began. Radio City Music Hall, the site of the film's New York premiere, had a Disney-themed Christmas stage show and demanded cuts to accommodate it.