Review: ‘Monkeys, Go Home!’

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.

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.

Monkeys, Go Home!

Production

Walt Disney. Director Andrew V. McLaglen; Producer Ron Miller; Screenplay Maurice Tombragel; Camera William Snyder; Editor Marsh Hendry; Music Robert F. Brunner; Art Director Carroll Clark, John B. Mansbridge

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Maurice Chevalier Dean Jones Yvette Mimieux Bernard Woringer Clement Harari
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