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  • Actors: Don Beddoe, Frank Cady, Candy Candido, Chick Chandler, Jimmy Conlin
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILER
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Great Rupert is sci-fi pioneer George Pal's first feature film. Starring Jimmy Durante in one of his most memorable screen performances, "The Great Rupert" is the heart-warming tale of a loveable trained squirrel, a puppet animated through Pal's Academy Award-winning Puppetoon technique, who inadvertently helps a family of vaudeville performers who are down on their luck.

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Although it's now more of a curiosity and a quaint reminder of a time when movies possessed a quality of innocence that has long since vanished, The Great Rupert was something of a marvel when it was released in 1950. Produced by special-effects pioneer George Pal, who had delighted audiences of the 1940s with his innovative series of Puppetoon shorts, this charming comedy employs Pal's technique of animated puppetry to bring life to the title character--a lovable trained squirrel that comes to the rescue of a down-and-out family of vaudeville performers in the depths of the Great Depression.

Jimmy Durante leads the struggling clan, barely able to pay rent in a converted garage adjoining the home of a man who's been stockpiling lucrative investment dividends in the floorboard between the two homes. From his cubbyhole in the wall, resourceful Rupert has been tossing wads of $100 bills to Durante's wife, who thinks it's cash from heaven! Ol' Jimmy cracks wise with ancient puns and one-liners, making this a treat for Durante fans looking for squeaky-clean family entertainment. And once he's saved the day for all involved, furry-tailed Rupert goes back to his own vaudeville gig with his devoted owner, played by another veteran of vaudeville, Jimmy Conlin. It's all a bit too sweet by today's tarnished standards, but The Great Rupert stands as a testament to George Pal's optimistic spirit and creative imagination, which would later bless the productions of such films as The Time Machine and The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

This bargain priced DVD from Alpha has good sound and picture quality.
little white gloves
The family loved Jimmy and I always loved watching everyone having such a great time.
Shenandoah
Folks, you can't miss with this movie, which has something for everyone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Filmlover Lady on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I don't recall ever seeing this movie but based on the reviews and the fact that I love Jimmy Durante, I bought it. Well, I was more than pleased that I purchased it for my collection. What an delightful film! I found myself laughing out loud so many times that my kids finally came in and sat down to watch it too- The actors are wonderful and as always... Jimmy steals the show!!! I consider myself somewhat of a 'movie buff' and I never heard of this film before so the same may go for many of you, but take a chance and get this wonderful film- Great for the whole family and not just at the holiday season, but all year long!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Applegate on August 24, 2000
Format: DVD
This is a really delightful picture directed by Irving Pichel, and staring the unflappable Jimmy Durante. Although George Pal's puppetoon technique is dated by today's standards, kids old and young alike will enjoy this picture. I was 10 years old when I first saw The Great Rupert in 1950 at the old Warwick theater in Kansas City, Missouri. It brought a tear or two of nostalgia, and the thought-why don't they make fun movies like this today? My hat's off to Arnold Leibovit for bringing us one of the best DVD transfers you'll ever see.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on July 28, 2005
Format: DVD
They dont make family films anymore like this...
Ive heard of it, but i never had the chance to see it.
Good old Jimmy Durante.... this guy is a classic act. Use to see
him on Ed Sullivan or other shows and we always enjoyed him, his
siging his jokes...
So this movie which depicts different characters which is set
in the good old no money ..depression days delivers the package.
With a excellent cast,good storetelling and Rupert, this movie
can be watched by anybody, and its guaranteed that it will entertain you and leave you with a smile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on March 23, 2005
Format: DVD
Pleasant piece of whimsy about a dancing squirrel and a poor but plucky show-biz family headed by Jimmy Durante. Animated by stop-action special effects legend George Pal, who also produced the movie.

The squirrel, the great Rupert of the title, is owned by another down at the heels performer who is forced to vacate his shabby basement apartment. The entertainer leaves, Rupert stays, and Durante and brood move in. Soon fortune is not only smiling at the Durante clan, but literally raining down it largesse on them from the rafters.

You can probably put THE GREAT RUPERT into the holiday rotation of films to watch. It has something to do with Christmas, although it doesn't carry a strong Christmas theme. Aggressively positive and sweet, it's suitable for all ages. Rupert isn't ever directly threatened, as are so many other animal characters in films today. Even the cynical who don't do cute and find Durante a mite ingratiating should get an involuntary chuckle or two out of his readings of such goofy lines as "It's so difficult to find a job for a human pyramid!" and "Mama, what's a real home without a polar bear?"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: DVD
The Great Rupert by sci-fi fantasy pioneer George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel ("Destination Moon") and starring Jimmy Durante (perhaps his best screen performance - was never ever better!) and Terri Moore (original "Mighty Joe Young") - is an absolute delight in every respect. I strongly recommend this touching and funny film for pure unadulterated family entertainment. I particularly thought the humor, Puppetoon animation of squirrel, and even Black and White photography was stunning. Also stunning is the wonderful Leith Stevens musical score who later did "Destination Moon", "The War of the Worlds" and "When Worlds Collide" for Pal (among others). It is really a goose pump piece of writing - with chorus and all. The DVD is first rate!!
Also noticed that Arnold Leibovit the director who did "The Puppetoon Movie" and "The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal" presented the film. Good job!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a movie to watch on Christmas day with your family, in addition to the well known Christmas classics of your collection, I would recommend this unknown movie starring Jimmy Durante. This is a heart warming story of a true Christmas spirit, much similar to Scrooge, involving the family of Mr. Amendola (Jimmy Durante), his wife Mrs. Amendola (Quinie Smith), and their only daughter Rosalinda (Terry Moore.) Jimmy Durante offers a brilliant performance as a faded vaudeville star who rents an apartment just before Christmas holidays during Great depression. With serious financial problem on one hand, on the other, they face the challenges of their penny pinching land lord, Mr. Dingle (Frank Orth) who is interested in collecting the rent money but not fix the apartment. He is a real Scrooge in person! But his wife Mrs. Dingle (Sara Haden) and their only son Peter Dingle (Tom Drake) are very compassionate and caring. One day during the prayer of Mrs. Dingle, she a finds large amount of cash ($100 bills) falling through the big hole on her roof. The family comes to believe that it is cash from heaven, a true Christmas miracle indeed! Actually this money belongs to Dingle who gets a check from his gold mine stock every week, and hides the cash in his attic which is innocently tossed by a squirrel named Rupert. Rupert belongs to the last resident of the apartment, Joe Mahoney (Jimmy Conklin) and The Great Rupert was his vaudeville act. This squirrel returns to the apartment when Joe releases him because he doesn't have a job and no money!

Mr. Amendola uses his suddenly found riches to help the community by starting various businesses and offer employment. Every one in town gets suspicious about his wealth including; local law enforcing authority, IRS, and FBI.
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