|Genre:||Musical & Performing Arts|
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The story centers around an eccentric super rich misfit family living in an affluent neighborhood (sort of like the Hillbillies in Beverly Hills). Dad has live alligators in the conservatory and a boxing ring behind the mansion where he holds his Bible & Boxing school. The daughter Lesley Ann warren (victor Victoria) becomes engaged to a very young handsome John Davidson (Hollywood Squares) whose snooty sociality mother disapproves of all thats going on and nearly wrecks the wedding plans between the young lovers. The movie is very long almost 3 hours and after the second hour I get restless for the ending. Its a good clean movie shot back in the days when the Bible was socially acceptable, cursing was frowned up on and being nude would have gotten you locked up. I enjoyed the trip back in time but did not care for the musical score, you may love it. I like the movie and recommend it highly.
A very fun family movie. Everyone will enjoy the singing and dancing. Top stars and live crocodiles. Fred MacMurray is wonderful in his Bible and Boxing School. The costumes are what evey little girl wants to play dress-up in. And boys will want to throw a punch or two. We love the Disney older Family Movies. This is one to watch over and over again, we do.
I remember watching this movie with my family when I was a child. Recently, we saw a Disney Documentary that mentioned many of the early Disney productions. After being reminded of this movie, I purchased it and we have watched it quite a few times! ALL of my children (ages 11, 9, 7, 4, 2) LOVE this movie. In the movie, the main character (Fred McMurray) is an eclectic millionaire who keeps pet alligators in his home. The children now refer to this as "The Alligator Movie". Also in this movie, Natalie Wood and even John Davidson. If you are looking for a great family movie - this is the one for you! Great for all ages, and fun for the family.
THE HAPPIEST MILLIONARE is a charming film that received mediocre reviews at best from critics. Why is one of the great mysteries. Millionare has that polished, expensive Disney feel of the Mary Poppinns period and the performers bring great joy. What sold Millionare to me when I was a child was the absolutely beautiful doe-eyed charm of actress Lesley Ann warren with her lovely speaking voice as well as singing. Fresh from the TV production of Rogers & Hamerstein's Cinderella, she was an enchanting heroine I will never forget. To me, at my young age, she and John Davidson were the ultimate romantic couple. The romance of Cordillia Drexel Biddle and Angier Duke (a real historical figure) is ellegant and heart soaring to the unjaded in this sweeping Disney musical.
Even if you are not on the higher rungs of wealth and society you will recognize the struggles of letting go/breaking free of strong parental ties as well as clashes in cultural mores. Toss in an atypical choice for household pets and you get a delightful musical! At least in the short version.
I purchased this to replace my VHS to find out it is 172 minutes long! Of course, since I grew up in the 60's I really like the stars in this movie so listening to them sing additional songs was not so painful to me, but for someone who isn't partial to musicals they'll probably want to F.Forward through Fred's and Greer's singing. But the romantic tunes and the Irish tunes are what make this one of my favorites.
And it's probably not for pacifists, globalists and those who are antiChristian, but for the rest of us it's a nice bit of joyful entertainment.