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The Happiest Millionaire

4.4 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews

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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.|Burt Lancaster and Rex Harrison were considered for the role of Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, but Walt Disney awarded the role to his favorite actor, Fred MacMurray.|This film marked actor John Davidson's movie debut.

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Geraldine Page, Gladys Cooper
  • Directors: Norman Tokar
  • Writers: Cordelia Drexel Biddle, Kyle Crichton, A.J. Carothers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I5632
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Happiest Millionaire" on IMDb

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By Priscilla Smith on September 22, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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.
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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.
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By A Customer on December 7, 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!
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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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I bought this movie because I was reminded of it when a John Oliver/Daily Show bit on Detroit's bankruptcy featured a scene. I remembered having seen the movie as a kid, although all I could recall about it was alligators in the bathtub. My kids (12 & 20) like it in the way they like watching the old Batman on TV -- it's entertaining in an almost campy kind of way. Although the story is different, it sometimes seems a retread of Mary Poppins (Rich folks from long ago & their servants & children, set to music). Hermione Baddeley doesn't even seem to have changed her costume.

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.
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