The Happiest Millionaire
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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.
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.
The music is peppy but not that interesting. As in Poppins, the father has song in which he mostly speaks (What's Wrong With That). There are no winsome children, but 3 squeaky clean teens of indeterminate age. The daughter (played by Lesley Ann Warren) is the focus, so her (perhaps younger?) brothers make one appearance for one song, their dad mentions they are going to boarding school, & they are never heard of again. They seem to have existed in the movie solely to sing that one song.
The premise of the play on which the movie is based (& the book on which the play is based) seems to have been: Dad was eccentric, so I (the daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle) struggled to find my way among in a society that valued conformity. This was also the idea behind Cheaper By the Dozen, but Gilbreth's personality seems stronger, because it's written that way -- Fred MacMurray may have been miscast -- he's too laid back to seem eccentric -- props like a boxing ring & the alligators seem to substitute for projecting a really unusual persona.
This musical seems designed to showcase the talents of Tommy Steele, who was a British teen idol at the time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun movie!...if you happen to watch with children, may want to discuss the types of families portrayed and the husband and wife relationship.Published 9 days ago by maria mcdonald
Love the movie. One copy is perfect one skips in middle. But over all I am pleasedPublished 24 days ago by b
This film actually helps explain why the movie musical form died in the 1960s. I actually had to do some research on the backstory to this film to begin to understand what Disney... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jared Day
Truly a Disney musical movie with an all-star cast and a good feeling about it when it is over. Based on the musical of the same name, Fred McMurray (My Three Sons) plays Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylviastel
Excellent family entertainment. The story is based upon an actual millionaire family of long ago as told by Cordelia Drexel Biddle in her book, My Philadelphia Father. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian J.