Review: ‘The Happiest Millionaire’

The Happiest Millionaire, last major live-action production of Walt Disney, is a family comedy, blending creative and technical elements, scripting, excellent casting, direction, scoring, choreography and handsome, plush production.

The Happiest Millionaire, last major live-action production of Walt Disney, is a family comedy, blending creative and technical elements, scripting, excellent casting, direction, scoring, choreography and handsome, plush production.

Fred MacMurray heads the cast, which includes Britain’s Tommy Steele in his US film debut as an Irish servant in 1916 Philadelphia. [Pic is from the play by Kyle Crichton, suggested by a book by Cordelia Drexel Biddle and Kyle Crichton.]

MacMurray, snug in an excellent characterization, is well teamed with Greer Garson as the Philadelphia parents. Lesley Ann Warren, introduced herein, plays the teenage daughter with charm and radiance.

1967: Nomination: Best Costume Design

The Happiest Millionaire

Production

Walt Disney. Dir Norman Tokar; Producer Bill Anderson (co-prod.); Screenplay A.J. Carothers; Camera Edward Colman; Editor Cotton Warburton; Music Jack Elliott (arr.) Art Dir Carroll Clark, John B. Mansbridge

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 164 MIN.

With

Fred MacMurray Tommy Steele Greer Garson Geraldine Page Gladys Cooper Hermione Baddeley
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