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Happiest Millionaire Roadshow Edition [DVD] [US Import]

Fred MacMurray , Tommy Steele , Norman Tokar    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Gladys Cooper, Geraldine Page
  • Directors: Norman Tokar
  • Writers: AJ Carothers, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, Kyle Crichton
  • Producers: Bill Anderson, Walt Disney
  • Format: Colour, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305512116
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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It's ironic that some of the best protagonists of the film musical [e.g. Julie Andrews, Liza Minneli and Dick van Dyke] were at their peak in the 1960/70s when the musical had gone out of fashion. So sadly this debut showcase for sparky Brit songster Tommy Steele was pretty much his only major outing in films, other than the slightly disappointing 'Half a Sixpence' [bit too sad & not really for kids] and the far more jolly 'Finnian's Rainbow' [where he played Og the Leprechaun]. His is the stand-out performance of Happiest Millionaire, and his first song [and dance] number 'Fortuosity' is one of the film's highlights (although rather like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins, cockney Tommy is stuck with an Irish accent in the movie, as he is cast as Irish immigrant John Lawless). Critics didn't take to Steele's 'in your face' acting style, but this is largely due to the directors frequent camera close-ups and Steele's key role as narrator.

Screen legend Fred MacMurray [a friend of Walt's] plays eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony Biddle, who takes a shine to John Lawless and hires him as the butler. It's 1916, and Mr. Biddle busies himself with his Biddle Boxing and Bible School (located in his stable) and his alligators in the conservatory. In fact the Mr. Biddle character is based on a real person: Colonel Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, a muscular Christian who founded the Drexel Biddle Bible Classes in 1907 and their curriculum of fighting-&-praying ultimately attracted 200,000 members. He taught jujitsu and dirty fighting to US Marines in both World Wars and died in 1948 aged 73. The movie follows the antics of his teenage daughter [Cordy] who meets the handsome young man, Angier Duke, at a social dance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT FAMILY FILM 1 Feb 2012
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this movie is a wonderful old movie and the music is even better so if you want a great family film get this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun family movie 11 April 2011
we enjoyed watching this light hearted movie, tommy steele was fun to watch.never having seen a movie with him before, really enjoyed this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Find 22 Sep 2004
By Priscilla Smith - Published on
How often do you find a millionaire that is actually happy? Well, Fred MacMurray shows that if you can be yourself, regardless of your money, then you can be happy.

I watched this movie as a child, but haven't seen it for years. I was so thrilled to rediscover it here, and be able to buy it for my little girl. As the first scene began, I found myself singing along to songs that I didn't know I remembered.

If you want to introduce your young children (the younger the better) to some old classic musicals, you should start with this one (and Mary Poppins). The wit and charm of these old classic movies is definately lacking in todays world of film.

All in all, this movie is hilarious, well cast, well written, and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get both versions! 26 Aug 2001
By Monty Moonlight - Published on
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A carefree millionaire(Disney Style), played by Fred MacMurray, lives life his own way, sometimes bordering on Addams Family-esque habits, such as keeping Alligators as pets and going on a chocolate cake diet! With his two sons soon to leave for school, he is disturbed to find that his only daughter is now engaged and will be out of his life too. The story is told somewhat from the cheerful Irish butler's musical point of view. Tommy Steele portrays the butler and steals the show! The film is great traditional Disney fun!

I fell in love with non-roadshow version of Happiest Millionaire a few years ago when seeing it on the Disney Channel, and it has since become one of my all time favorite films. Then, I found out there was a roadshow version, and, when I started switching from VHS to DVD a year or so ago, I decided to order both versions from Amazon. I recommend fans of the shorter version do what I did and buy both the shorter one AND this roadshow version. Why? Well, I felt they were so different! I knew I loved the shorter version, so I HAD to see the Roadshow version! It's just a matter of one having more scenes than the other, but the shorter version is simpler, one you'd watch with your kids, and the longer (Roadshow) version is the more grown-up version. Sometimes, you just want to watch the simple, happy, short version, and sometimes you want to watch the real deal. I don't know, but I LOVE them both, but when you started out with the short version, it just won't do to only have the Roadshow.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Family Film 7 Dec 2004
By Mary Liz Aldridge - Published on
This film has been MY favorite since third grade (I'm 27). It is wonderfully fun and uplifting with Great singing and dancing. In a world where cartoons can scare kids, my three-year-old loves this film. It may be long, but with all the songs, it makes for a fast watch. Also the story is simple enough that children can turn it off one day and watch more the next.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If we could only go back... 7 Dec 1999
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I was a kid when this movie was made. It was magical, musical, fun, sparkling clean and entertaining. We all walked home from the theater singing, dancing or both. How I envy my parents that they didn't have to worry about screening a movie before we saw it. Fred MacMurray was always a sure winner, Tommy Steele was AMAZING, and Leslie Ann Warren was so beautiful! I taped this movie years ago before it was available for purchase. My own kids who are now in their 20's can still sing the words to "By-Um-Pum-Pum!" I shall buy them a copy so that they can share fun musical times of an era that is truly missed. Everyone should have a copy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One and Only Genuine Original Family Band 10 Dec 2002
By K. Tolman - Published on
Alright, I admit it - John Davidson was my schoolgirl crush. I grew up watching Happiest Millionaire and to this day I just love that guy. My question is, now that I've got Happiest Millionaire in my video collection, when can we expect One and Only Genuine Original Family Band? I've tried asking Disney Store people but no one seems to remember the movie. Anyone out there know what I'm talking about? It's another great musical with Lesley Ann Warren and John Davidson. Classic Disney. Let's call Michael Eisner if we have to. This movie has got to be made available.
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