The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)





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Adapted from the book and play of the same name, The Happiest Millionaire is the (mostly) true story of eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (Fred MacMurray). The Biddle mansion is the gathering place for a pugilistic boxing class, pet alligators and would-be opera singers. Cordelia Biddle (Lesley Ann Warren), the daughter of Anthony and his wife (Greer Garson), wants to marry wealthy and handsome Angie Duke (John Davidson), but Angie's parents are shocked by the Biddles' freewheeling lifestyle. Thanks in part to the ebullient intervention of John Lawless (Tommy Steele), the Biddles' butler, all misunderstandings are eventually swept away. Like Disney's previous Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire is decked out with a vibrant musical score by Richard and Robert Sherman, but the magic is somehow lacking this time around. This was the last live-action film to personally supervised by Walt Disney; released several months after Disney's death, the film was made available in 141-minute and 164-minute versions.
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts
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Fred MacMurray
as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
Greer Garson
as Mrs. Cordelia Biddle
Tommy Steele
as John Lawless
Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Duke
Gladys Cooper
as Aunt Mary Drexel
Hermione Baddeley
as Mrs. Worth
Lesley Ann Warren
as Miss Cordelia `Cordy' Biddle
John Davidson
as Angie Duke
Paul Petersen
as Tony Biddle
Eddie Hodges
as Livingston Biddle
Joyce Bulifant
as Rosemary
Sean McClory
as Sgt. Flanagan
Jim McMullan
as Lt. Powell
William Wellman Jr.
as Lt. Grayson
Aron Kincaid
as Walter Blakely
Larry Merrill
as Charlie Taylor
Frances Robinson
as Aunt Gladys
Norman Grabowski
as Joe Turner
Jim Gurley
as Marine Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for The Happiest Millionaire

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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August 7, 2005

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January 23, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Happiest Millionaire

a bit overboard in its campy antics (definitely gets to slapstick) but incredibly charming and the butler--oh, watch it once for the Irish butler. hilarious.

Kendel Christensen
Kendel Christensen

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

A fortuitous delight that gets more enchanting every time you see it. The Happiest Millionaire is said to be the last Disney film that Walt Disney himself was involved with. It is also a treat, because it is loaded with some of the best songs the Sherman Brothers ever composed. I also love Tommy Steele who remarkably portrays John Lawless, the butler. This has become one of my favorite movies. (First viewing - Spring 2009)

Adam R
Adam R

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