Reportedly the last feature to be personally shepherded by Walt Disney himself, The Happiest Millionaire is a stubbornly old-fashioned musical intended to build on the success of Mary Poppins, relying on songs and score from Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, the studio's resident songwriting team responsible for the hits of Poppins. Despite that pedigree, and a cast headlined by Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Tommy Steele, Geraldine Page, and, in their screen debuts, Lesley Anne Warren and John Davidson, the would-be successor wound up a white elephant. Released in 1967, a watershed year for youth culture and social upheaval, The Happiest Millionaire romanticizes Philadelphia's upper crust circa 1916. Its title character, Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (MacMurray), is a militant industrialist urging America's mobilization against Germany, and noteworthy for an eccentric lifestyle that includes his own bible study classes, martial arts training, and (in a lone nod toward any remotely modern social values) a readiness to empower his lovely, headstrong daughter, Cordelia (Warren). Under Norman Tokar's busy but routine direction, the project does muster moments of charm, and packs its story line with enough twists to partly explain its excessive 144-minute length. But the unintended irony of paeans to capitalism and conservative politics in an era of Sgt. Pepper isn't masked by the Shermans' music, which is eminently forgettable, despite the game mugging of Tommy Steele as an immigrant Irish butler. Equally game is MacMurray, but as a singer, he's no Rex Harrison. --Sam Sutherland Product Description Pet alligators roaming the conservatory, A Bible-and-boxing school in the stables, and a delightfully eccentric millionaire make for unrestrained pandemonium in this musical Disney extravaganza! Fred MacMurray presides over a Philadelphia mansion where just about anything can happen! Lovely Lesley Ann Warren and handsome John Davidson make their motion picture debuts in a delightful story brimming with sparkling songs and irresistible dances.

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The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

G

Family/Musical/Romance/Comedy · 2h 21m · 12/7/1967

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The Happiest Musical of the Year!

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Reportedly the last feature to be personally shepherded by Walt Disney himself, The Happiest Millionaire is a stubbornly old-fashioned musical intended to build on the success of Mary Poppins, relying on songs and score from Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, the studio's resident songwriting team responsible for the hits of Poppins. Despite that pedigree, and a cast headlined by Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Tommy Steele, Geraldine Page, and, in their screen debuts, Lesley Anne Warren and John Davidson, the would-be successor wound up a white elephant. Released in 1967, a watershed year for youth culture and social upheaval, The Happiest Millionaire romanticizes Philadelphia's upper crust circa 1916. Its title character, Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (MacMurray), is a militant industrialist urging America's mobilization against Germany, and noteworthy for an eccentric lifestyle that includes his own bible study classes, martial arts training, and (in a lone nod toward any remotely modern social values) a readiness to empower his lovely, headstrong daughter, Cordelia (Warren). Under Norman Tokar's busy but routine direction, the project does muster moments of charm, and packs its story line with enough twists to partly explain its excessive 144-minute length. But the unintended irony of paeans to capitalism and conservative politics in an era of Sgt. Pepper isn't masked by the Shermans' music, which is eminently forgettable, despite the game mugging of Tommy Steele as an immigrant Irish butler. Equally game is MacMurray, but as a singer, he's no Rex Harrison. --Sam Sutherland Product Description Pet alligators roaming the conservatory, A Bible-and-boxing school in the stables, and a delightfully eccentric millionaire make for unrestrained pandemonium in this musical Disney extravaganza! Fred MacMurray presides over a Philadelphia mansion where just about anything can happen! Lovely Lesley Ann Warren and handsome John Davidson make their motion picture debuts in a delightful story brimming with sparkling songs and irresistible dances.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Walt Disney Productions

Budget

$5,000,000

Revenue

$5,000,000
Part Of
Cast
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Fred MacMurray

Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
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Greer Garson

Mrs. Cordelia Biddle
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Gladys Cooper

Aunt Mary Drexel
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Geraldine Page

Mrs. Duke
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Tommy Steele

John Lawless
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Hermione Baddeley

Mrs. Worth
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John Davidson

Angie Duke
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Lesley Ann Warren

Miss Cordelia (Cordy) Biddle
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Paul Petersen

Tony Biddle
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Eddie Hodges

Livingston Biddle
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Joyce Bulifant

Rosemary
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Sean McClory

Sgt. Flanagan
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Jim McMullan

Lt. Powell
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William Wellman Jr.

Lt. Grayson
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Aron Kincaid

Walter Blakely
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Larry Merrill

Charlie Taylor
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Frances Robinson

Aunt Gladys
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Robert Beecher

First Man (uncredited)
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Norman Grabowski

Joe Turner (uncredited)
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Jim Gurley

Marine lieutenant (uncredited)
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Joan Marshall

Maid (uncredited)
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Lou Nova

Bill O'Brien (uncredited)
Crew
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Norman Tokar

Director
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Kyle Crichton

Writer
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Cordelia Drexel Biddle

Writer
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AJ Carothers

Writer
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Walt Disney

Producer
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Bill Anderson

Producer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Happiest Millionaire

(DVD)

10/2/2012

Disc Title Front Cover

The Happiest Millionaire

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/1/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

The Happiest Millionaire

(DVD)

7/20/1999

Disc Title Front Cover

The Happiest Millionaire

(DVD)

7/20/1999

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