Set in France but filmed completely in Walt Disney’s Studio, Monkeys, Go Home is an amusing comedy-romance in which Dean Jones, heir to an olive farm, provokes political and romantic complications when he decides to use chimpanzee labor. Maurice Chevalier heads the cast as a village priest. Film has the usual professional Disney blend of children, animals, humor and charm.
In adapting G. K. Wilkinson’s novel [The Monkeys], Maurice Tombragel has effected a subtle introduction of an implied Cold War situation. Title is a play on the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan, herein applied to Jones’ monkeys who create a capitalist issue in a small French town.
Jones, always a good underplaying comedian, reacts adroitly to the script demands that he be, variously, frustrated, angry and moon-struck, all the while remaining completely likeable. Chevalier, a showbiz legend, scores in projecting a benign worldliness.