Review: ‘The Shaggy D.A.’

In The Shaggy Dog, teenager Tommy Kirk came into possession of a magical ring which periodically changed him into a sheepdog. Here, in Don Tait's script drawn from the same material, Felix Salten's The Hound of Florence, fledgling d.a. candidate Dean Jones suffers the same fate. Most of the brisk 91-minute film is physical comedy as Jones tries to escape embarrassing situations and to outwit villainous d.a. Keenan Wynn.

In The Shaggy Dog, teenager Tommy Kirk came into possession of a magical ring which periodically changed him into a sheepdog. Here, in Don Tait’s script drawn from the same material, Felix Salten’s The Hound of Florence, fledgling d.a. candidate Dean Jones suffers the same fate. Most of the brisk 91-minute film is physical comedy as Jones tries to escape embarrassing situations and to outwit villainous d.a. Keenan Wynn.

Jones is a pleasant light comedian whose style is perfectly suited to the WASPish world of Disney. As his wife, Suzanne Pleshette has her first film role in five years, and her beauty and intelligence livens a part that might have been dull without her.

Rounding out a large and able supporting cast are such people as Tim Conway, JoAnne Worley (in her film debut), Dick Van Patten, Hans Conreid, and in an unbilled cameo as a dogcatcher, the late Liam Dunn, who died before completing his part. Conway is particularly droll as a cloddish ice-cream salesman.

The Shaggy D.A.

Production

Walt Disney. Director Robert Stevenson; Producer Bill Anderson; Screenplay Don Tait; Camera Frank Phillips; Editor Bob Bring, Norman Palmer; Music Buddy Baker; Art Director John B. Mansbrough, Perry Ferguson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Dean Jones Tim Conway Suzanne Pleshette Keenan Wynn JoAnne Worley Dick Van Patten
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