Disney Features 001-100
 
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(January 14, 2008)

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Feature 001

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

December 21, 1937

Reissued 1944

               1952

               1958

               1967

               1975

               1983

               1987

               1993

 

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of Seven Dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as the fairest in the land, and Snow White’s beauty surpasses her own. The Dwarfs grow to love their unexpected visitor, who cleans their house and cooks their meals. But one day when they are at their diamond mine, the Queen arrives at the cottage, disguised as an old peddler woman, and she persuades Snow White to bite into a poisoned apple. The Dwarfs, warned by the forest animals, rush home to chase the witch away, but they are too late to save Snow White. They place her in a glass coffin in the woods, and mourn for her. The Prince, who has fallen for Snow White, happens by and awakens her from the wicked Queen’s deathlike spell by “love’s first kiss”.

Academy Award: #10*: Special Award to Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.

The first film ever to be completely digitized by computer, cleaned up, and then printed back to film. (For its 1993 reissue).

83 min. Directed by David Hand. Animated feature, classic #01

Feature 002

Pinocchio

February 07, 1940 

Reissued 1945

               1954

               1962

               1971

               1978

               1984

               1992

 

A wooden puppet is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, with the promise that he can become a real boy if he earns it, He is led astray by the wicked Honest John and his companion, Gideon, who turn him over to an evil puppeteer, Stromboli. Pinocchio is sent to Pleasure Island, where the wicked boys are turned into donkeys, but he escapes with the aid of his friend and conscience Jiminy Cricket, and eventually redeems himself by saving his father, Gepetto, who had been swallowed by Monstro, the whale. The Blue Fairy rewards Pinocchio by turning him into a real boy.

From an original serialized story written for a children’s magazine by Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini) in 1881.

Academy Award: #12: Song, 1940: „When You Wish Upon A Star“ by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington.

Academy Award: #13: Original Score, 1940, by Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington.

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske.

87 min. Animated feature, classic #02

Feature 003

Fantasia

November 13, 1940 

Reissued 1946

               1956

               1963

               1969

               1977

               1982

               1985

               1990

 

One of the most highly regarded of the Disney classics, a symphonic concert with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, embellished by Disney Animation. It includes eight sequences: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Bach), The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Dukas), Rite of the Spring (Stravinski), Pastoral (Beethoven), Dance of the Hours (Ponchielli), Night on Bald Mountain (Moussorgsky) und Ave Maria (Schubert).

Original in Fantasound (Early stereo system, devised by Disney)

Academy Award: #14*: Irving Thalberg Memorial Award to Walt Disney for “the most consistent high quality of production achievement by an individual producer”. (This is not an Oscar but a special award in the form of a bust of Thalberg.)

Academy Award: #15*: Special Technical Award for “outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia.

Academy Award: #17: Special Award to Leopold Stokowski and associates for their achievement “in the creation of a new form of visualized music”.

Supervised by Ben Sharpsteen.

Directed by Samuel Armstrong (Bach/Tchaikovsky), James Algar (Dukas), Bill Roberts & Paul Satterfield (Stravinski), Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley & Ford Beebe (Beethoven), T. Hee & Norman Ferguson (Ponchielli), Wilfred Jackson (Moussorgsky/Schubert).

125 min. Animated feature, classic #03

Feature 004

The Reluctant Dragon

June 20, 1941

Feature in which Robert Benchley visits the Disney Studio in Burbank to sell Walt Disney on the idea of making a film of Kenneth Grahame’s book, The Reluctant Dragon. After explorations of an art class, dialogue stage, sound-effect stage, multiplane camera department, story and animation departments, he discovers Walt has already finished the cartoon version of his story.

In the story department, actor Alan Ladd, portraying a Disney story man, tells of Baby Weems, a child prodigy whose fame takes him away from his parents until a serious illness makes him a regular baby once more.

In the final segment, the audience learns about the poetry-writing dragon who must prove his mettle if he wants to co-exist with a neighboring village. He and Sir Giles stage a mock battle in order to show everyone that the dragon really is fierce.

Other Cartoon segments include: Casey, Jr., Old MacDonald Duck and How to Ride a Horse.

Live-action directed by Alfred L. Werker.

Cartoon-directors: Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, Erwin Verity, Jasper Blystone, Jack Kinney.

73 min. Live-action feature with animated segments #01

Feature 005

Dumbo

October 23, 1941

Reissued 1949

               1959

               1972

               1976

A baby circus elephant is born with huge ears, and named Dumbo. He and his mother suffer humiliation from the other elephants and from the kids visiting the circus. But humiliation turns to triumph as Dumbo is surprised to discover through the help of his faithful mouse friend, Timothy, that he can use the oversized ears to fly.

Academy Award: #18: Original Score, 1941, by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (“Baby Mine”).

From a story by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

64 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. Animated feature, classic #04

Feature 006

Bambi

August 08, 1942

Reissued 1942

               1947

               1957

               1966

               1975

               1982

               1988

Life story of a fawn, Bambi, who grows up, with friends Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, to be the Great Prince of the Forest. But in the meantime he suffers through the death of his mother at the hand of hunters, falls in love with Faline, and barely escapes a catastrophic forest fire.

Based on the book by Felix Salters.

Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Song (“Love Is a Song”), and Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

70 min. Supervised by David Hand. Animated feature, classic #05

Feature 007

Saludos Amigos

August 24, 1942

Reissued 1949

 

A film about Latin America, made up of four animated segments tied together by live-action footage of the activities of Walt Disney and his artists on their trip.

* Lake Titicaca:

Chronicles Donald’s exploration of the Andes.

* Pedro:

Tells the story of a baby airplane who replaces his father in getting the mail through.

* Aquarela do Brasil:

Shows the various landscapes of Brazil and José Carioca, the parrot, teaches Donald to dance the samba.

* El Gaucho Goofy:

American cowboy Goofy becomes a gaucho on the Argentine pampas, learns the habitus through offstage narration.

Animation directed by Bill Roberts, Jack King, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson.

Three Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, and to Charles Wolcott and Ned Washington for Best Song (“Saludos Amigos”), and to Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

42 min. Animated feature, classic #06

Feature 008

Victory Through Air Power

July 17, 1943

Based on Major Alexander P. de Seversky’s book of the same title, the film shows how long-range air power could cause the defeat of the Axis and Japan during World War II. It opens with an animated history of aviation, followed by scenes of Major de Seversky expressing his theories about air power and its further development. Filmmakers use animation to produce strikingly vivid graphics of the Allied forces pounding the Axis strongholds. To the strains of a stirring “Song of the Eagle”, an animated eagle is dramatically shown attacking the heart of Japan with a dagger.

Animation supervised by David Hand.

Sequences directed by Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, James Algar.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

65 min. Live-action feature with animated segments #02

Feature 009

The Three Caballeros

December 21, 1944

Reissued 1977

 

Four short films on Latin America, in a story about Donald Duck receiving birthday gifts from his Latin American amigos, José Carioca, the parrot, and Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster. He unwraps a 16mm projector and views four reels. Interspersed throughout the film is live action of native dancing and Latin American songs.

* The Cold-Blooded Penguin

The story about Pablo Penguin, who flees the cold for a tropical isle and then misses the winter.

* The Flying Gauchito

The story about a racing donkey with wings.

* Baia

Donald and José’s journey to Baia, where they meet a cookie girl and dance.

* La Piñata

Donald learns of Las Posadas, the children’s procession before Christmas, and finds friendly shelter and the breaking of the piñata.

This is the first time Walt Disney had attempt the technique of combining animation with live actors since the Alice Comedies in the 1920s.

Re-released in 1977 in an abridged version.

Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Sound (C.O. Slyfield) and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Edward H. Plumb, Paul j. Smith, Charles Wolcott).

71 min. Directed by Norm Ferguson. Animated feature, classic #07

Feature 010

Make Mine Music

April 20, 1946

Ten shorts are combined in a tuneful compilation:

* The Martins and the Coys:

Deals with two feuding families who shot and kill off each other except for Henry Coy and Grace Martin, who fall in love, but continue fighting after marriage (sung by the King’s Men).

* Blue Bayou:

This short follows a majestic crane who lands in a bayou, then rises again to join another in the moonlit sky (sung by the Ken Darby Chorus).

* All the Cats Join In:

Benny Goodman and his orchestra are playing while animated teenagers go out and have a dance.

* Without You:

Andy Russell sings a “Ballad in Blue” as a petal falls, changing to a tear. Light reveals a love letter containing lyrics of the song, and rain washes paintings onto a window illustrating the lyrics.

* Casey at the Bat:

Jerry Colonna recites the sad story of Mighty Casey, a baseball player who loses his touch and can no longer hit the ball.

* Two Silhouettes:

Dinah Shore sings as two figures dance in ballet, the boy meeting, losing, and finding the girl theme.

* Peter and the Wolf:

Sterling Holloway tells the story how Peter went out with a duck, cat, and a bird to catch a wolf.

* After You’ve Gone:

The Benny Goodman Quartet and a musical cartoon fantasy of personalized instruments.

* Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet:

The Andrews Sisters illustrate the romance between a boy and a girl hat.

* The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met:

Nelson Eddy tells the story and sings the song about a whale who is found singing grand opera with a beautiful voice. A dream sequence shows the whale at the Met as a sensation but the return to reality shows him being harpooned because it is believed he swallowed an opera singer.

Academy Award: #20: Special Technical Award to Members of the Walt Disney Studio Sound Department, for a process of checking and locating noise in sound tracks.

Production supervised by Joe Grant.

Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Robert Cormack, Joshua Meador.

75 min. Animated feature, classic #08

Feature 011

Song of the South

November 12, 1946

Reissued 1956

               1972

               1980

               1986

 

The story about a boy learning about life through the stories of Uncle Remus, which are shown in animated segments. Little Johnny is taken to his grandmother’s plantation where he meets Uncle Remus and is guided by his stories (“Running Away”, “The Tar Baby”, and “The Laughing Place”) about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear. Johnny finds friendship with a local girl, Ginny Favers, but is bullied by her cruel brothers. When he is accidentally gored by a bull, it takes more than Uncle Remus to save him. His parents must reunite, creating a happy family once more.

Academy Award: #21: Song, 1947: „Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah“ Music by Allie Wrubel, Lyrics by Ray Gilbert.

Academy Award: #22: Honorary Award to James Baskett, for his “able and heartwarming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world”.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Directed by Harve Foster, cartoon direction by Wilfred Jackson.

94 min. Live-action feature with animated segments #03

Feature 012

Fun and Fancy Free

September 27, 1947

Jiminy Cricket begins the film by playing a Dinah Shore record that tells the tale of Bongo to cheer up a desolate looking doll and bear. Bongo, a circus bear, meets and falls in love with a girl bear named Lulubelle. But first he must confront a bear rival, Lumpjaw, whose looks match his name, before he wins her.

When the story is completed, Jiminy finds he has been invited to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s house, where he is entertaining starlet Luana Patten, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd. Bergen tells the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk, in which Mickey and his friends Donald, and Goofy climb a beanstalk to rescue the lovely singing harp from a giant to restore happiness to their Happy Valley. As Bergen finishes the story, the giant appears, lifting the roof, in search of Mickey Mouse, then goes on down the hill toward Hollywood.

In the 1960s, Disney animated new introductory material of Ludwig Von Drake and his pet, Herman, to replace Edgar Bergen when the Beanstalk segment was run on Disney’ television show.

Directed by William Morgan. Animation directed by Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske.

73 min. Animated feature, classic #09

Feature 013

Melody Time

May 27, 1948             

Seven shorts are combined with live-action sequences in a tuneful compilation:

* Once Upon a Wintertime:

Frances Langford tells of a winter romance by both human and bunny couples sleighing and skating in the 1800s.

* Bumble Boogie:

Freddy Martin and his orchestra play a fantasy of a bee’s nightmare.

* Johnny Appleseed:

Dennis Day portrays the characters of the old settler, Johnny Appleseed, and Johnny’s angel, telling the story of the pioneer who heads out west planting apple trees as he goes.

* Little Toot:

The Andrews Sisters tell of a little tugboat who wants to be like his father, but keeps getting into trouble.

* Trees:

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians interprets Joyce Kilmer’s poem that follows trees through the seasons.

* Blame It on the Samba:

The Dinning Sisters sing the Samba, in which Donald is taught to samba by José Carioca, and interacts with Ethel Smith at the organ.

* Pecos Bill:

Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers recount how the legendary Pecos Bill was born, raised, and fell in love with Slue Foot Sue.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson.

75 min. Animated feature, classic #10

Feature 014

So Dear to My Heart

January 19, 1949

Reissued 1964

 

Jeremiah Kincaid lives on his grandmother’s farm, adopts a baby black lamb, and names him Danny. When Uncle Hiram tells him of the prizes sheep can win at the fair, Jeremiah begins to train Danny to be a champion, although once too often the sheep runs afoul of Granny because of his destructive tendencies. But they do go to the fair where the lamb wins a special award. It too contains several animated sequences that teach Jeremiah lessons such as “It’s Whatcha Do with Whatcha Got” and “Stick-to-it-ivity”.

Academy Award: #24: Honorary Award to Bobby Driscoll, outstanding juvenile actor of 1949 (performances included So Dear to My Heart)

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (“Lavender Blue”).

Directed by Harold Schuster and filmed in Sequoia National Park and the San Joaquin Valley of California.

82 min. Live-action feature with animated segments #04

Feature 015

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

October 05, 1949

The film begins in a library with actor Basil Rathbone telling the tale of The Wind in the Willows, from the book by Kenneth Grahame, about Mr.Toad, Squire of Toad Hall, whose love for transportation vehicles was insatiable. His friends Rat, Mole, and MacBadger try to help him when his mania leads to the loss of the deed to Toad Hall and a charge of car theft. Toad is thrown in jail, but on escaping, he learns Winkie, the tavern keeper, and the weasels have taken over Toad Hall, and with his friends, Toad redeems his grand name by recovering the deed to the estate and promises to reform, until he eyes a 1908 biplane.

Back in the library, singer Bing Crosby picky up with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, in which Ichabod Crane, a new school teacher, arrives in Sleepy Hollow and captures every lady’s heart except for Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of the wealthy farmer. Ichabod has his eye on the Van Tassel wealth, but his attempts to woo Katrina disturb her bold suitor, Brom Bones, who tries to scare Ichabod away with the tale of the Headless Horseman. As Ichabod rides home that Halloween evening, he encounters the terrifying phantom and is mysteriously missing the next morning. While the townspeople spread rumors of Ichabod’s whereabouts, Katrina weds Brom.

Expenses were lowered by reusing animation Cycles from The Old Mill (1937) and by patterning Katrina closely on Grace Martin from The Martins and the Coys.

Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar.

68 in. Animated feature, classic #11

Feature 016

Cinderella

February 15, 1950

Reissued 1957

               1965

               1973

               1981

               1987

The famous rags-to-riches tale of a beautiful girl reduced to being a servant by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. With the help of a bit of magic by her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is given a beautiful dress and use of a magnificent coach, and is able to attend a royal ball and inadvertently fall in love with the prince. Fleeing the ball at midnight, the hour when the magic spell is due to end, she leaves behind a glass slipper that the prince and Grand Duke use to search her out. With the help of her little mice and bird friends, she is discovered and assured a happy future.

Two Academy Award nominations for Best Song (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”) and for Best Scoring of Musical Picture.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi.

74 min. Animated feature, classic #12

Feature 017

Treasure Island

July 19, 1950

Reissued 1975

Young Jim Hawkins, possessor of a map to buried treasure, and his friends, Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey, plan to travel to Treasure Island to hunt for the treasure. Captain Smollett rounds up a crew that includes Long John Silver, who secretly plots a mutiny to secure the map and treasure for himself. When the mutiny fails, Silver escapes, taking Jim with him. When they reach the island, Jim gets away and meets a strange old hermit named Ben Gunn, who helps him return to his crewmates, now battling the pirates led by Silver. Finally, the Squire, Smollett, and Gunn leads them to the treasure he had rehidden years earlier. With their captive and the treasure, the crew rows back to the ship, only to have Silver escape with a rowboat, aided by Jim, who has a grudging affection for the rascally pirate.

Based on the book published 1881 by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The first Disney live-action film without any animation and also the first Disney film shot in England, in locations off the Cornish coast and Falmouth Bay.

The film was cut for its 1975 re-release in order to gain a G rating.

96 min. Directed by Byron Haskin.

Feature 018

Alice in Wonderland

July 26, 1951

Reissued 1974

               1981

Lewis Carroll’s famous story of Alice and her adventures after falling down a rabbit hole. Following a White Rabbit, she meets such strange creatures as a talking doorknob, who helps her through a keyhole into Wonderland, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, who tell the story of “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, the Caterpillar, and the Mad Hatter and the March Hare celebrating an unbirthday at their tea party. Finally Alice has a showdown with the Queen of Hearts and her armyof playing cards. The whole thing becomes such a nightmare that Alice awakens from her dream to the recitations of her sister and the purring of her cat, Dinah.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

An edited version aired on television on November 03, 1954.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson.

75 min. Animated feature, classic #13

Feature 019

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

June 26, 1952

When King Richard the Lionhearted leaves England for the Crusades, his evil brother, Prince John, conspires for the throne with the Sheriff of Nottingham. But royal Robin Hood and his followers defy them with the aid of Maid Marian, ward of King Richard, raising the ransom when the King is held prisoner in Germany (now Austria). When Richard returns, he rewards Robin by making him earl of Locksley and giving him the hand of Maid Marian in marriage.

The second Disney fully live-action feature, produced at Denham Studios in England.

84 min. Directed by Ken Annakin.

Feature 020

Peter Pan

February 05, 1953

Reissued 1958

               1969

               1976

               1982

               1989

Story of the magical boy who wouldn’t grow up who teaches the three Darling children – Wendy, John, and Michael – to fly to Never Land with him where they embark on adventures with the chief inhabitants, Captain Hook and his crew of pirates. The fairy, Tinker Bell, is jealous of Peter’s attentions to Wendy, and is duped into helping Captain Hook. After rescuing the Indian princess, Tiger Lily, Peter must save his band, the Lost Boys, and the Darlings from Hook.

Walt Disney planned as early as 1935 to make this film, arranging in 1939 with the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, who had the rights to the play bequeathed by author James M. Barrie, for permission, but it was not until 1949 that production actually began.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson.

77 min. Animated feature, classic #14

Feature 021

The Sword and the Rose

July 23, 1953

An adventure tale set in England during the reign of King Henry VIII. Charles Brandon, a handsome young commoner, becomes attached to the court and falls in love with the King’s sister and political pawn, Mary Tudor. When Henry discovers this, Brandon is banished and Mary is set off to marry the aging Louis of France, but when the French King dies, Mary extracts o promise from Henry to let her choose her second husband and she happily marries Brandon.

Based on the book “When Knighthood Was in Flower”.

92 min. Directed by Ken Annakin.

Feature 022

The Living Desert

November 10, 1953

Though the desert to most people represents an area of arid desolation, it is really a place teeming with life, including extraordinary plants, desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, scorpions, kangaroo rats, and roadrunners. A flash flood hits the desert, causing much of the plant life to blossom anew.

Academy Award: #28*: Documentary Feature, 1953.

The film stands as a landmark of factual filmmaking.

69 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 023

Rob Roy, the Highlander Rogue

February 04, 1954

Rob Roy, leader of the rebel Highlanders in Scotland, manages to elude the English again and again as he weds his sweetheart Helen Mary, but he inadvertently causes his mother’s death when the English try to capture her instead. In revenge, he captures Inversnaid fort and plans to continue the fight until Helen Mary pleads for an end of the bloodshed. When he surrenders to George I, the king is so impressed he pardons Rob Roy and his Clan.

83 min. Directed by Harold French.

Feature 024

The Vanishing Prairie

August 16, 1954

Story of the pronghorn antelope, the prairie dog, the bighorn sheep, the mountain lion, the buffalo, and numerous other creatures that once made the prairie their home, and ho the animals survived through the seasons.

Academy Award: #32*: Documentary Feature, 1954.

71 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 025

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

December 23, 1954

Reissued 1963

               1971

In 1868, an armed frigate sent to seek out a fabled destroyer of ships is itself sunk, and three passengers from the frigate – a harpooner, Ned Land, along with a professor who is an expert on the creatures of the sea and his assistant – are rescued. They discover that the “monster” they searched for is in reality the first man-made submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo, a madman who is willing to share his secrets of nuclear energy with the world only on his own terms. Land rescues Nemo from the clutches of a giant squid and eventually manages to alert the outside world as to the location of Nemo’s secret island base. Nemo and his creations are destroyed.

Academy Award: #33*: Achievement with Special Effects, 1954.

Academy Award: #34: Achievement in Art and Set Decoration, 1954; John Meehan and Emile Kuri.

Based on the classic story by Jules Verne.

The Nautilus set was displayed for a time at Disneyland.

127 min. Directed by Richard Fleischer.

Feature 026

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

May 25, 1955

It’s the story of the American folk hero Davy Crockett, who arranges for a truce with the Indians, goes to Congress and eventually sets course for Texas, where he intends to join the fight at the Alamo against the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna.

Feature film combining the first three television episodes.

93 min. Directed by Norman Foster.

Feature 027

Lady and the Tramp

June 16, 1955

Reissued 1962

               1971

               1980

               1986

Lady, a young cocker spaniel from a respectable home, falls in love with Tramp, a mutt who lives in the railroad yards. They enjoy several outings together, including a memorable spaghetti dinner by moonlight at Tony’s, but their relationship is strained not only by Lady’s loyalty to her human family and their newborn baby, but by Tramp’s devil-may-care attitude that at one point gets Lady thrown in the dog pound. Tramp redeems himself by saving the baby from a rat and thereby wins Lady’s lave and the affection of her human family.

The idea for this film came from the short story “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog” by Ward Greene.

The first Disney animated feature filmed in CinemaScope.

Directed by Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson.

76 min. Animated feature, classic #15

Feature 028

The African Lion

September 14, 1955

The photography team of Alfred and Elma Milotte spent three years in Africa studying the realm of the king of the beasts, and came up with some fascinating footage of not only lions but giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants, and baboons. The effects of a drought on the animals and the eventual tropical storms that end it round out the motion picture.

Only 6% of the material the Milottes shot was used in the final film.

The movie’s theme of the annual life cycle would years later be echoed in “The Circle of Life” in The Lion King.

72 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 029

The Littlest Outlaw

December 22, 1955

This is the story of a young boy, Pablito, in Mexico who has a great love for a horse named Conquistador, owned by a general, and manages to save its life only by running away with it. When Pablito loses the horse himself, a friendly priest and some gypsies help him find the horse about to be killed in a bullring. He rescues the horse by leaping onto his back and making it jump a high gate. The general has seen this, and acknowledging Pablito’s affection for the horse, presents Conquistador as a gift.

Filmed on location in Mexico.

73 min. Directed by Roberto Galvadon.

Feature 030

The Great Locomotive Chase

June 08, 1956

On April 22, 1862, a party of 22 Union spies stole a train from right under the noses of 4,000 Confederate troops near Atlanta, Georgia, and began a race that might have brought an early end to the Civil War had it succeeded. Intrepid Confederates, led by the train’s conductor, William A. Fuller, commandeered rolling stock for the chase, and preserved long enough to recapture the train. Union leader James J. Andrews and many of his men were hanged in the South, but those who survived and made their way home were given Congressional Medals of Honor by the secretary of war.

87 min. Directed by Francis D. Lyon.

Feature 031

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

July 18, 1956

This Davy and George ending a season of trapping and hunting, eager to bring the hides to market. Their plans for an easy sale are quickly thwarted when they try to ship the hides down the Ohio River, and the self-styled “King of the River”, mike Fink, attempts to charge them an outrageous price. They also have to clear the name of some Indian friends who have been accused of raiding boats traveling on the Ohio River.

Theatrical Release of the fourth and fifth Crockett television episodes.

81 min. Directed by Norman Foster.

Feature 032

Secrets of Life

November 06, 1956

A look at nature’s endless variety of species’ common problem – that of reproduction and survival. In order to show the vastness and minuteness of nature, the technique of time-lapse photography is utilized. We see plants growing, and learn about such creatures as the stickleback fish and the diving spider.

The film impressively switches to CinemaScope for the final segments on volcanoes.

70 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 033

Westward Ho the Wagons!

December 20, 1956

A wagon train composed of a number of emigrant families is making the crossing from the Missouri River to the rich farming country of the Pacific Northwest in 1844. Despite raids and misunderstandings with the Pawnee tribe, Captain Stephen’s leadership of the train with the help of a veteran scout, and especially Dr. John Grayson’s medical skills, see them through on their westward trek.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

86 min. Directed by William Beaudine.

Feature 034

Johnny Tremain

June 19, 1957

Johnny, through an injury to his hand in a silversmith’s shop, gains new insight into himself and those around him as he is plunged into exciting events leading up to the Boston Tea Party at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

80 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 035

Perri

August 28, 1957

The story of a little pine squirrel named Perri and her life from childhood to maturity. When Perri’s life is threatened by a marten, her father sacrifices his life to lure it away from Perri’s nest. Now alone with her brothers, she seeks a new nest of her own, and even falls in love with Porro, all the while dodging marten and wildcat.

The first and only True-Life Fantasy based on a story by Felix Salten, who had also written Bambi.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

74 min. Directed by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., Ralph Wright.

Feature 036

Old Yeller

December 25, 1957

Reissued 1965

               1974

In the late 1860s on a ranch in Texas, a big, mongrel yellow dog befriends the Coates family, and in particular the two boys, Travis and Arliss. He proves his loyalty by saving Arliss from a huge bear, Travis from wild pigs, and Mrs. Coats from a wolf infected with hydrophobia. Though Travis shoots the wolf, he must soon after shoot the dog, Old Yeller, who has contracted the dread disease. Travis is inconsolable until he accepts one of Old Yeller’s puppies as his own for its uncanny resemblance to Old Yeller.

Based on the well-known book by Fred Gipson.

84 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

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The Light in the Forest

July 08, 1958

In 1764, Col. Henry Bouquet parleys with the Delaware Indians and persuades them to give up their white captives in exchange for peace. Among those freed is Johnny Butler, who despises whites as his enemy and only reaches Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania, after much struggle. He finds the townspeople wary and prejudiced, too, and only after a reckoning with his Uncle Wilse, who, with his gang, has senselessly killed Indians for years, and falling in love with a young indentured girl named Shenendoe, can he settle down to a peaceful life.

93 min. Directed by Herschel Daugherty.

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White Wilderness

August 12, 1958

Reissued 1972

The narrator’s foreword describes the nature and origin of some of the largest and most savage beasts on the North American continent. The dramatic setting for the wildlife spectacle is Canada’s subarctic and Alaska’s arctic wilds. Successive scenes depict the various animals and birds in battle, play, and migration. Included among the larger of the predatory beasts are polar bears, gray wolves, and wolverines; among the migratory animals are the musk ox, caribou, and reindeer; and in the icy seas are the walrus, ring seal, and white beluga whales.

Academy Award: #37*: Documentary Feature, 1958.

72 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 039

Tonka

December 25, 1958

In the territory of the Dakotas in the 1870s, a young brave, White Bull, captures a wild stallion and decides to keep him as his own, naming him Tonka Wakan – The Great One. Yellow Bull, the brave’s cousin, is envious and through rank acquires him, but mistreats him so that White Bull frees the horse once more. The horse’s new master, Capt. Myles Keogh, rides him into battle with General Custer against the Sioux in the battle of the Little Big Horn, where Keogh is killed by Yellow Bull, but in retaliation is stomped upon and killed by Tonka. Tonka survives, and is officially retired by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry on April 10, 1878, to be ridden only by his exercise boy, his beloved master, White Bull.

Based on the novel by David Appel.

96 min. Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Feature 040

Sleeping Beauty

January 29, 1959

Reissued 1970

               1979

               1986

In spectacular style, the film recounts the simple story of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Maleficent to die before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. Despite the loving attempts of the three good but often bumbling fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the curse is fulfilled but slightly altered. The good fairies put everyone in the castle into a deep sleep until the spell can be broken. It is only with the aid of Prince Phillip that Maleficent, transformed into a towering, fire-breathing dragon, is destroyed, and the Sleeping Beauty is awakened by a kiss.

Filmed in Technirama 70. 

Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Score.

75 min. Supervised by Clyde Geronimi. Animated feature, classic #16

Feature 041

The Shaggy Dog

March 19, 1959

Young misfit teenager Wilby Daniels accidentally discovers a magic ring in a museum, and, by repeating the Latin inscription, he becomes a large and clumsy Bratislavian sheep dog. This amuses his brother, Moochie, but shocks his parents, and endears him to lovely neighbor girl Franceska, who thinks he is her dog, Chiffron. But when her father turns out to be a Russian spy, it is up to Wilby to capture the gang, which he manages to do after a hair-raising chase. Unfortunately it is Franceska’s Chiffron who gets all the attention and credit at the end – for who would believe Wilby’s story?

Filmed in Black and White because it was originally devised for the Disney Anthology television series.

101 min. Directed by Charles Barton.

Feature 042

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

June 24, 1959

Reissued 1969

               1977

 

Darby O’Gill, used to spinning fairy tales instead of tending his job as caretaker of Lord Fitzpatrick’s estate in South Ireland, is about to be replaced by young Michael McBride of Dublin. Fearful of his daughter Katie’s reaction and unwilling to give up his own standing in the community, he attempts to act as matchmaker to Michael and Katie to ensure their future. To help his plans, he captures his old friend King Brian of the leprechauns, who must grant Darby three wishes. King Brian is almost successful in furthering a romance when meddlesome Pony Sugrue, a jealous townsman, tells Katie of Michael’s new job. In a rag, she renounces Michael and runs off after a runaway horse, only to fall and hit her head on some rocks. Near death, she is saved only when Darby diverts the dreaded Costa Bower, the Death Coach, by making his third wish to be taken instead. Inside the coach King Brian tricks Darby into making a fourth wish, which cancels out the previous ones, and sends Darby back to earth. Michael and Katie are married, and Darby is once again free to tell his tales of his little friends, the leprechauns.

Academy Award: #40: Special Technical Award to Ub Iwerks for the design of an improved optical printer for special effects and matte shots.

Based on H.T. Kavanagh’s “Darby O’Gill” stories.

90 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 043

Third Man on the Mountain

November 10, 1959

In 1865, as young kitchen helper Rudi Matt climbs the unconquered Citadel, he rescues Captain John Winter, a famous English climber, and discloses that his father was legendary guide Joseph Matt, who, like many others, had tried to reach the top of the mountain, but was killed. Despite his inexperience, he is chosen to scale the mountain with Winter, his Uncle Lerner, and Saxo, a guide from a rival village. Rudi, sure his father had discovered a route to the summit, wins permission to climb a deep cleft, bringing the others behind. He succeeds, and the climb goes on. Near the top Rudi must master his desire to reach the summit in order to save Saxo from death. Winter and Lerner make the top, and plant Joseph Matt’s revered red shirt and alpenstock like a banner atop the now conquered mountain.

Based on the book “Banner in the Sky” by James Ramsey Ullman.

107 min. Directed by Ken Annakin.

Feature 044

Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus

January 21, 1960

Toby, a 12-year-old orphan, believing his aunt and uncle do not want him, runs away and joins the circus. He is exploited by Harry, the concessionaire, helped by Ben, the strong man, and becomes fast friends with Mr. Stubbs, the chimp. When the boy equestrian is hurt, Toby takes his place, becoming a tremendous success when Mr. Stubbs joins the act. He is reunited with his now understanding guardians.

95 min. Directed by Charles Barton.

Feature 045

Kidnapped

February 24, 1960

Young David Balfour attempts to regain his rightful inheritance, the house, and lands of Shaws in Scotland, and in doing so is nearly killed and then kidnapped due to his treacherous Uncle Ebenezer. But the doughty Scottish laired, Alan Breck Stewart, takes a hand and after a shipwreck, hairbreadth escapes, and a chase the length of the Highlands, David, with Alan’s help, confronts his uncle and recovers his estate.

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

94 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 046

Pollyanna

May 19, 1960

Orphaned Pollyanna, coming to live with Aunt Polly Harrington who sternly runs her small new England town, brings her cheerful philosophy to the grim household and eventually to the whole town. With her “Glad Game” she intrigues Mr. Pendergast, an old hermit, who shows the kids his glass prisms and eventually decides to adopt orphan Jimmy Bean; coaxes Mrs. Snow, a crotchety hypochondriac, from her sickbed; teaches the Reverend Ford to stand up for himself; and revives a romance between Aunt Polly and Dr. Edmund Chilton. Under the girl’s influence, the town resists Aunt Polly, and stages its own benefit for building a new orphanage. When Pollyanna is severely injured while trying to join the festivities, the accident gives Aunt Polly a whole new outlook. This wins her the goodwill of the town and the love of the doctor who will restore Pollyanna’s health.

Academy Award: #42: Honorary Ward to Hayley Mills for the most outstanding juvenile performance during 1960.

134 min. Directed by David Swift.

Feature 047

The Sign of Zorro

June 11, 1960

Don Diego returns to the pueblo of Los Angeles after completing his schooling in Spain. At home he challenges the cruel tyranny of Monastario, becoming the secret savior of the oppressed, but outwardly playing the fop. When he is captured, he turns the tables on Monastario by revealing his true identity to his friend, the Viceroy from Spain.

Theatrical compilation of several Zorro episodes released first in Japan in November 1958.

90 min. Directed by Norman Foster, Lewis R. Foster.

Feature 048

Jungle Cat

August 10, 1960

Winston Hibler narrates the story of the South American jaguar. After a background is given on the cat’s history, the daily life of the jaguar is shown. Two jaguars mate, teach their kittens, hunt, and fight their worst enemies, the crocodile and huge boa constrictor who are after their kittens. The setting of the film is the vivid jungle and its inhabitants, with a striking finale of a sunset on the Amazon River. Animals depicted include giant anteaters, jungle otters, iguana, tapir, sloth, and monkeys.

The last of the True-Life Adventures series.

70 min. Directed by James Algar.

Feature 049

Ten Who Dared

October 18, 1960

The film is based on the journal of Major John Wesley Powell, who led the expedition that made the journey, hitherto thought impossible, down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in 1869. It is both a reenactment of this historical scientific expedition, and a dramatic story of the struggles, dangers, and conflicts of the ten men who made the trip. A prominent character in the story is a small dog that is responsible for the rescue of the major just before the boats shoot the final treacherous rapids.

92 min. Directed by William Beaudine.

Feature 050

Swiss Family Robinson

December 21, 1960

Reissued 1969

               1972

               1975

               1981

The members of a Swiss family are the sole survivors of a shipwreck on an uncharted tropical island. With great courage and ingenuity, they use the salvage from the wreck to build a home in a huge tree, raise food, and protect themselves from a raiding band of pirates. The rescue of the granddaughter of a sea captain from pirates precipitates the ultimate attack by the buccaneers. The furious battle is almost won by the brigands when her grandfather’s ship arrives and routs the attackers. The romance between the eldest Robinson boy and the granddaughter culminates in their marriage. The new couple and much of the family decide to stay on the island paradise, but scholarly brother Ernest decides to go back on the ship to civilization.

The film was based on the book by Johann Wyss.

126 min. Directed by Ken Annakin.

Feature 051

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

January 25, 1961

Reissued 1969

               1979

               1985

               1991

The story about Pongo, a clever Dalmatian, who arranges to get married to the female of his choice, Perdita, and to round things out, gets his master, Roger Radcliff, wed to Perdita’s pretty mistress, Anita. Soon Perdita produces 15 puppies, which the evil Cruella De Vil arranges to have kidnapped in her quest to make a fabulous Dalmatian-fur coat, also gathering many other puppies in order to accomplish her aim. Helped by the Twilight Bark, whereby dogs throughout the city and the countryside pass along the word of the missing puppies by barking, Pongo and Perdita go into action and locate 99 stolen puppies in Cruella’s sinister-looking home, Hell Hall. Pongo, Perdita, and the puppies manage to escape and, through various ruses, elude the pursuing Cruella. Cruella and her henchman, Horace and Jasper Badun, get their just desserts. Roger and Anita adopt the puppies and, with their new family of 101 Dalmatians and Nanny to look after them, plan to build a “Dalmatian Plantation” and live happily ever after.

Based on the book by Dodie Smith.

It was the first feature to solely use the Xerox process for transferring the animator’s drawings to cels.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman,, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi.

79 min. Animated feature, classic #17

Feature 052

The Absent Minded Professor

March 16, 1961

Reissued 1967

               1974

For the third time; Professor Ned Brainard of Medfield College is so engrossed in a scientific experiment he fails to show up for his wedding with pretty Betsy Carlisle. But although he loses his girl to rival Professor Shelby Ashton, his absent-mindedness pays off with the creation of Flubber, a rubbery substance with an antigravity agent. With his new invention he is able to make the puny Medfield basketball team win against Rutland College, prevent a crook, Alonzo Hawk, from stealing Flubber, and win back Betsy, flying on a Flubberized Model T to Washington to give the powerful creation to a grateful government.

Filmed in black-and-white.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Special Effects,

This was the first black-and-white Disney film to be colorized in 1986, but the process was still in its infancy and the results were less than spectacular.

96 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 053

The Parent Trap

June 21, 1961

Reissued 1968

The film introduces the twins Sharon and Susan, who were separated as children by their divorced parents, and who accidentally meet during a summer at Camp Inch. Determined never to be separated again, the sisters decide to bring their parents, Mitch and Maggie, back together again. In this they have a rival, the devious Vicky, who wants to marry Mitch for his money. But after a fateful camping trip, Vicky finds living with the twins is not worth it and flees, leaving Mitch and Maggie to reunite happily.

Based on the story “Das doppelte Lottchen” by Erich Kastner.

Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Sound, by Robert O. Cook, and for Best Film Editing, by Philip W. Anderson.

129 min. Directed by David Swift.

Feature 054

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

July 12, 1961

Andre Dupas, a French-Canadian hunter, finds a dead mother-bear, and deciding to save her cub from sure death by raising it himself, ties the cub, Neewa, to his malamute pup, Nikki, and continues paddling down the river. At the rapids, the canoe overturns, and the animals are washed away, still tied together. They discover they have to cooperate to survive, and even though they eventually break loose from each other, they become friends until a winter hibernation leaves Nikki on his own. Nikki grows into a powerful dog, but is captured by a cruel hunter, LeBeau, who makes him into a savage fighter and takes him to the trading post run by Dupas, who has banned the customary dog fighting. LeBeau ignores the ruling, fights Nikki, and is thrown out by Dupas, whom he then shoves into the dog pit, expecting the savage Nikki to tear him to bits. Nikki recognizes his old master, and the enraged LeBeau springs into the pit to kill Dupas himself. When he finds he is losing the battle he treacherously pulls a knife, but Nikki springs on him. LeBeau falls on his own knife, killing himself. Nikki and Dupas are reunited.

Based on the book “Nomads of the North” by James Oliver Curwood.

The film helped prove that Disney had perfected the method of blending a True-Life Adventure-style nature film with a dramatic story.

73 min. Directed by Jack Couffer, Dan Haldane.

Feature 055

Greyfriars Bobby

July 17, 1961

When old Jock, a shepherd, is dismissed from service because of age, the little Sky terrier, Bobby, his constant companion, goes with him. And when old Jock dies of exposure a few days later, it is Bobby who travels unseen under the coffin as his friend is taken to be buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and keeps vigil over the grave. Nothing the caretaker, James brown, can do prevents the little dog from getting back into the kirkyard, and eventually he stops trying as Bobby wins his heart, as well as the hearts of the poor children in the tenements nearby. The day comes when Bobby is picked up for lack of a dog license. Mr. And Mrs. Brown and a band of children come to pay the fine, telling the Lord Provost Bobby’s story. He not only gives Bobby a license with his own hands, he also grants him Freedom of the City, an honor bestowed only on the brave and faithful.

Based on a true story, as told by Eleanor Atkinson.

91 min. Directed by Don Chaffey.

Feature 056

Babes in Toyland

December 14, 1961

Just as Tom and Mary are about to be married in Mother Goose Village, the villain, Barnaby, knowing Mary is to inherit a large sum of money when wed, has Tom kidnapped by his two henchmen who are to toss Tom into the sea. The henchmen then steal Mary’s sheep, the sole support for her and the children she cares for. Just as it looks as if Mary will have to marry Barnaby, Tom, who has not really drowned at all, reappears, and takes off with Mary and the children to find the sheep. Traveling in the Forest of No Return, Tom’s party ends up in Toyland, with Barnaby, and his henchmen not far behind. There Tom, Mary, and the kids help the Toymaker make toys for Christmas until the Toymaker’s assistant, Grumio, invents a gun which reduces everything to toy-size. Barnaby gets hold of the gun, reduces Tom and the Toymaker, and forces the latter to marry him to Mary. Before the ceremony is completed, Tom, who has mobilized the toy armies, attacks. In the furious battle, Mary reduces Barnaby and Tom disposes of him in a duel. Grumio comes up with a restoring formula and all ends happily.

106 min. Directed by Jack Donohue.

Feature 057

Moon Pilot

February 09, 1962

Richmond Talbot, a young space scientist, is tricked into volunteering for a space trip to the moon. On a last visit to see his mother he is contacted by Lyrae, a messenger from a planet off in space. They know everything and want to help America get there before the Russians. The FBI moves in when Lyrae makes contact, but she slips through their hands. After a series of comical experiences that confound and confuse the Air Force and the FBI, Lyrae winds up in the space capsule in the arms of Richard, culminating the romance that was gathering impetus as the story unfolded. Instead of going to the moon, they detour to her planet, Beta Lyrae, to meet her folks.

98 min. Directed by James Neilson.

Feature 058

Bon Voyage

May 17, 1962

Harry Willard finally makes good his promise to take his bride of 20 years on a long-delayed trip by ship to Europe. They are accompanied by their 19-year-old son, Elliott, 18-year-old daughter, Amy, and an active 11-year-old son named Skipper. From the time they arrive at the dock, there follows an unending series of comedy adventures and romantic encounters that keep the family constantly involved until, exhausted but happy, they start for home with memories which will benefit them all in the years to come.

The film is based on the book by Marrijane and Joseph Haynes.

Nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, by Bill Thomas, and Best Sound, by Robert O. Cook.

132 min. Directed by James Neilson.

Feature 059

Big Red

June 02, 1962

A boy’s conviction that a handsome red setter can be handled and trained with love rather than harsh discipline brings him into conflict with Mr. Haggin, the owner of the kennel where he works. As an orphan hungering for love, he understands Big Red, who does not respond to Haggin’s training methods. The boy’s disobedience results in the dog being injured and the boy leaving. A series of adventures involving the dog, the boy, and Mr. Haggin brings about many valuable lessons to all and Mr. Haggin’s eventual adoption of the youngster who will fill a vacuum that existed in the Haggin home since the death of an only son.

89 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 060

Almost Angels

September 26, 1962

The young Toni Fiala is a boy born to sing, and his greatest desire is to be accepted as one of the members of the Vienna Boys Choir. His father, a railroad engineer, wants his son to learn a trade, but his mother knows her son must be given a chance to sing. The mother makes the opportunity possible and the boy wins his way into the choir. This story of the training, travel, and adventures of the boys within this famous institution is accompanied by the beautiful music of the choir. Toni’s admiration for the oldest boy in the choir, Peter Schaefer, is tested when Peter’s voice begins to change and Toni convinces the other members of the choir to cover for him. When Peter is found out, he is able to obtain a position as assistant conductor.

The foreign release title was Born to Sing, and the film was made on location in Austria.

93 min. Directed by Steve Previn.

Feature 061

The Legend of Lobo

November 07, 1962

With both parents killed by man, Lobo has learned the ways of the hunter and becomes the most hated and sought after wolf in the West. By the time he becomes leader of the pack he has mated and become father. Man’s relentless determination to eliminate the wolves raiding their cattle leads to the capture of Lobo’s mate. In the end, Lobo cleverly leads a raid that frees his loved one and then takes his pack into a land so wild man has not yet invaded it.

Based on Ernest Thompson Seton’s story.

67 min.

Feature 062

In Search of the Castaways

November 14, 1962

Reissued 1970

               1978

With good reason to believe that Captain Grant, skipper of the S.S. Brittania, is still alive, Lord Glenarvan, owner of the Steam Navigation Company, sets out to rescue him. Aboard his ship are Grant’s daughter and son as well as their companion, a Frenchman named Jacques Paganel. A series of hair-raising incidents as they travel the 37th parallel, including surviving an earthquake, flood, and attack by a giant condor, adds up to exciting adventure. In Australia, they team up with a former member of Grant’s crew, Thomas Ayerton, who turns out to be a gunrunner who had set Grant adrift. Eventually, in New Zealand the children manage to outwit him and rescue Grant.

Based on the story by Jules Verne.

98 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 063

Son of Flubber

January 18, 1963

The unpredictable Ned Brainard continues his scientific ventures at Medfield College. The professor’s use of a Flubber byproduct, his efforts in controlling the weather with “dry rain”, and his assistant’s discovery of Flubber-gas results in a series of climatic incidents that add up to a hilarious finale.

Sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor (1961).

Filmed in black-and-white.

102 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 064

Miracle of the White Stallion

March 29, 1963

True story of how Colonel Alois Podhajsky, director of Vienna’s world-famous Spanish Riding School, saves the school and its beautiful Lipizzan white horses during World War II. When the bombs start falling on Vienna near the end of the war, Podhajsky secretly defies the Nazis and smuggles the marvelous performing white stallions into rural St. Martin. Meanwhile, the Lipizzan mares, on which the future of the breed depend, are in Czechoslovakia in the path of the advancing Russians who are slaughtering all livestock coming into their hands. Under the direct order of General Patton, an expert horseman, the mares are rescued, reunited with the stallions, and both the Lipizzans and the Spanish Riding School are saved for prosterity.

Based on the book “The Dancing White Horses of Vienna” by Colonel Podhajsky.

118 min. Directed by Arthur Hiller.

Feature 065

Savage Sam
June 01, 1963

Travis, now 18, and Arliss, 12, are alone at the homestead while their parents are away. Bud Searcy arrives with Lisbeth, his 16-year-old-daughter, to announce the presence of marauding Indians in the vicinity while Arliss and his beloved dog, Savage Sam, a son of the famous hound dog, Old Yeller, are out hunting. Travis and Lisbeth locate him just as the Indians appear. The kids are taken prisoner and the Indians take off on their trek back to their distant village. Savage Sam, who had been knocked on his head by one of the braves and left for dead, now comes to life. It is he who leads Beck Coates, the boys’ uncle, and a party of men on the trail of the Indians. After a wild chase of several days duration, Savage Sam leads the rescue party to the campout of the warriors, and after a furious battle, Arliss, Travis, and Lisbeth are rescued.

Sequel to Old Yeller (1957).

Based on the book by Fred Gipson.

103 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 066

Summer Magic

July 07, 1963

The film tells the story of how the recently widowed Margaret Carey and her brood of three lively children, Nancy, Peter, and Gilly, left almost penniless when her late husband’s investments prove worthless, leave their lovely Boston home to make a new life in a quaint rural town in Maine. Osh Popham, the local postmaster, sets them up in an empty home owned by the mysterious Mr. Hamilton, who turns up only to fall in love with Nancy. When their snobbish cousin, Julia, comes to visit, she too soon becomes one of the family, and falls in love with the new schoolteacher, Charles Bryan.

Based on the novel “Mother Carey’s Chickens” by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

109 min. Directed by James Neilson.

Feature 067

The Incredible Journey

October 30, 1963

Reissued 1969

This is the story of the 200-mile trek across the wilds of Canada by three inseparable animal friends in search of their beloved owners, a family who has gone to Europe, leaving the animals with a friend. After hardship, danger, and near-fatal accidents, together with some moving encounters with friendly humans, the two dogs, Bodger and Luath, and a cat, Tao, complete their incredible journey and have a joyful reunion with their owners, who have returned from their own journey and have come to believe their beloved pets to be dead.

Based on the best seller by Sheila Burnford.

80 min. Directed by Fletcher Markle.

Feature 068

The Sword in the Stone

December 25, 1963

Reissued 1972

               1983

Set in the medieval era at a time when the English king dies leaving no heir. In the churchyard of a cathedral in London a sword appears imbedded in a stone, inscribed: “Who so pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England.” Although many try, no one can budge the sword from the stone. Deep in the dark woods, kindly but absentminded Merlin the magician begins to teach 11-year-old Arthur who is called “Wart” and who lives in the castle of Sir Ector where he is an apprentice squire to burley, oafish Sir Kay when he is not washing mounds of pots and pans in the scullery. By being changed by Merlin into various animals, Wart learns the basic truths of life, but he also runs into the evil Madam Mim, who tries to destroy him. Merlin and Mim have a Wizard’s Duel during which each changes into various creatures, with Merlin using his wits to win. On New Year’s Day a great tournament is held in London to pick a new king. Wart, attending as Kay’s squire, forgets Kay’s Sword, and runs back to the inn to get it, but the inn is locked. Seeing the sword in the stone, Wart innocently, and easily, pulls it out. When the knights marvel at the wondrous sword, and question where he got it, Wart has to prove himself all over again, and again he pulls the sword from the stone. Wart is proclaimed king by the marveling warriors. Wart as King Arthur is apprehensive of his ability to govern, but Merlin returns to reassure him.

Based on the book by T.H. White

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

79 min. Animated feature, classic #18

Feature 069

The Three Lives of Thomasina

December 11, 1963

Thomasina, a big, four-year-old ginger cat, comes to live with widowed veterinary surgeon Andrew MacDhui and his five-year-old daughter Mary, in a little village in Scotland. When the cat is hurt, Andrew “puts her to sleep”. Mary is so heartbroken she accuses her father of killing her beloved pet. So far as Mary is concerned, her father is dead, too. But Thomasina has not died. She has been discovered, still breathing, by Lori MacGregor, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who loves animals and has an almost supernatural ability to cure their ills. Lori brings Thomasina back to life, eventually brings Andrew and little Mary together again, and becomes Andrew’s wife and mother for the little girl. But it is really Thomasina, home again with the MacDhuis, who rules the family.

Based on the story by Paul Gallico.

97 min. Directed by Don Chaffey.

Feature 070

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones

January 22, 1964

Reissued 1972

Merlin Jones is the brightest young student at a small Midwestern college. Possessing an extremely high IQ, he is head and shoulders above his fellow classmates, particularly in the field of scientific endeavor. Although admonished by his professor to proceed slowly, he is already applying the results of his research to not only the problems confronting the college, but also to assist some of his fellow students. His effort as a do-gooder boomerang on all concerned, but eventually everything works out. The application of Merlin’s meager knowledge of extrasensory perception and hypnotism results in some way-out hilarious involvements.

The film was originally devised as a two-parter for the Disney Anthology television series.

91 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 071

A Tiger Walks

March 12, 1964

A drunken truck driver accidentally permits a mistreated tiger to escape from captivity while the circus wagon is undergoing repairs in a small country town garage. This animal, never out of captivity, escapes into the countryside, hungry, frightened, and incapable of coping with this new way of life. Julie, the young daughter of the local sheriff, realizes that the gathering hordes of local hunters, the Army, and her father’s deputies will kill the tiger, who does not belong in the wilds but back in captivity. She succeeds in winning over her father, who decides to send for a tranquilizer gun located in a nearby city in an effort to capture the animal peacefully before it is killed by an aroused and panic-stricken community. In the end, the animal is spared and returned to the only life it knows, at the local zoo.

91 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 072

The Moon-Spinners

July 02, 1964

On vacation in Greece, an English woman and her young niece, Nikky, stumble into the midst of intrigue involving a young Englishman and jewel thieves who have hidden their loot in the vicinity of the tourist hotel. The young people survive a series of dangerous escapades with desperately serious criminals who try twice to kill. Determination and ingenuity eventually save the day and the youth not only clears hi name, but wins the affection of a much-in-love young English lady.

Based on the best-selling novel by Mary Stewart.

119 min. Directed by James Neilson.

Feature 073

Mary Poppins

August 27, 1964

Reissued 1973

               1980

 

A magical English nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives at the home of Mr. And Mrs. George Banks, facing the park at No. 17, Cherry Tree Lane in London, to the delight of their young children, Jane and Michael. The proper English father is too preoccupied with his responsibility at the bank; the mother, an ardent suffragette, is not really aware that their two children, left in the care of one nanny after another, are unhappy and unable to communicate with the parents they truly love. Mary Poppins has come to change all this. She settles into the house, and soon has everyone wrapped around her little finger. Mary, along with her friend Bert and a host of chimney sweeps, teaches the children how to have fun, and in so doing makes the Banks household a happier place. By the time she opens her umbrella and flies off on a beautiful spring evening, the family is united together in the park, flying a kite.

Academy Award: #43: Actress, 1964; Julie Andrews.

Academy Award: #44: Song, 1964: “Chim-Chim Cheree” by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Academy Award: #45: Musical Score, Original, 1964, by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Academy Award: #46: Film Editing, 1964; Cotton Warburton.

Academy Award: #47: Special Visual Effects, 1964; Peter Ellenshaw, Hamilton Luske, and Eustace Lycett.

Academy Award: #48: Special Technical Award to Peter Vlahos, Wadsworth Pol, and Ub Iwerks for conception and perfection of techniques of color traveling matte composite cinematography.

Nominated for 8 more Academy Awards.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers

Directed by Robert Stevenson.

139 min. Live-action feature with animated segments #5.

Feature 074

Emil and the Detectives

December 18, 1964

Emil, on his first trip to Berlin, carries money to his grandmother, a mission of great responsibility, but a pickpocket cannot resist robbing the boy while he is napping on the bus. Awakening in time, Emil follows the crook and with the aid of a group of resourceful boys his age (the Detectives) comes upon a rendezvous with two master thieves who are engaged in a plan to rob the Bank of Berlin. Because of the pickpocket’s inability to resist petty theft, he causes the collapse of the big job they might have gotten away with had it not been for Emil and the Detectives.

Based on a book by Erich Kastner, the film was made on location in Germany.

Serialized on the New Mickey Mouse Club as The Three Skrinks. 

94 min. Directed by Peter Tewksbury.

Feature 075

Those Calloways

January 28, 1965

New England trapper Cam Calloway, a poor provider for his wife and son, dreams of the day he can build a sanctuary for migrating geese. Using the money his son earned as a fur trapper, Calloway buys a lake and plants it with corn to attract the migrating birds. Learning that two rascally operators want the lake as a resort site, Calloway sets his corn afire, and then is shot by one of he operators. Later, with the area declared a sanctuary by officials, Calloway is able to see his dream realized when the geese come to the lake.

131 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 076

The Monkey’s Uncle

June 23, 1965

Young Merlin Jones, the legal uncle of his chimpanzee Stanley, devises a “sleep learning” machine to sharpen his “nephew’s” intellect. When Midvale College footballers Norm and Leon are in danger of being scrubbed from the team due to poor grades, Merlin produces his sleep-learning machine and the two muscle-bound students soon stun all on campus by walking off with straight A’s. After drinking a strength potion and using it to prove man-powered flight in his bicycle-driven contraption in order to gain an endowment for the school from a “crazy” but rich philanthropist, Darius Green, Merlin settles down knowing that football is forever secure at Midvale.

Sequel to The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964).

90 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 077

That Darn Cat!

December 02, 1965

A Siamese cat named D.C. stumbles upon the hideout where two bank robbers are keeping a woman bank teller prisoner. When the woman manages to slip her wristwatch around his neck, D.C. saunters from the hideout to the Randall family with whom he lives. When 19-year-old Patti Randall recognizes the wristwatch as belonging to the woman teller, the FBI is called in to watch D.C.’s every move. The young FBI agent working the case follows D.C., despite his allergic reaction to the animal, and in due time the bank robbers are collared and their prisoner set free.

116 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 078

The Ugly Dachshund

February 04, 1966

When a Great Dane puppy is put into a litter of dachshunds, the puppy grows up thinking he’s a dachshund, too, thereafter causing no end of humorous complications in the lives of Mark Garrison, a magazine illustrator, and his lovely wife, Fran. The Great Dane finally proves his worth, realizing just what kind of an animal he is, and peace once more descends on the Garrison household.

93 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 079

Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N.

July 29, 1966

Reissued 1974

This modern-day Robinson Crusoe is a pilot for the U.S. Navy who is forced to ditch his plane in the Pacific. Rescued from a tropical island a year later, he writes to his fiancée, explaining why he never showed up for their wedding. His story is a humorous one, involving Floyd, a chimpanzee who is an astro-chimp; Wednesday, a beautiful native girl; some lovely maidens; some menacing warriors; and a harrowing escape from the island by helicopter.

The only film on which Walt Disney received a story credit (as Retlaw Yensid).

114 min. Directed by Byron Paul.

Feature 080

The Fighting Prince of Donegal

October 01, 1966

In the time of Queen Elisabeth I, the English fear that Spain will attack through Ireland, so English troops occupy the Irish countryside. It is a gallant young man, Hugh O’Donnell, the prince of Donegal, who leads resistance against them. Hugh has many exciting adventures while he is uniting the clans of Ireland. He is captured and imprisoned – twice. But he escapes again to lead and win the final battle against the English, and to rescue Kathleen, his lady love.

A fictional story, but based on authentic exploits of the real Prince of Donegal, Red Hugh, as told in a book by Robert T. Reilly.

110 min. Directed by Michael O’Herlihy.

Feature 081

Follow Me, Boys!

December 01, 1966

Reissued 1976

Dissatisfied with his life as a saxophonist in a traveling jazz band, Lemuel Siddons impulsively settles down in the small Illinois town of Hickory, not realizing that he will remain there the rest of his days. This heartwarming and humorous story tells how Lem becomes the local scoutmaster, and how he courts and marries the lovely Vida. But, mostly, it is the story of a man who sacrifices his own personal goals to devote himself to several generations of boys, teaching them enduring values through scouting. And, for Lem, this brings the love, respect, and recognition he so richly deserves.

Based on the book “God and My Country” by Mackinlay Kantor.

The re-released version in 1976 was edited to 107 minutes.

131 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 082

Monkeys, Go Home!

February 02, 1967

A young American, Hank Dussard, inherits a large olive farm in Provence, France. Labor is too costly to harvest the olives, so Hank trains four chimpanzees to do the job, and thus incurs the wrath of the villagers. Eventually, the American foils a local labor leader, wins the girl he loves, and the olives are harvested.

Based on the book “The Monkeys” by G.K. Wilkinson

110 min. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.

Feature 083

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

March 03, 1967

At the time of the California Gold Rush, a young boy from Boston runs away to California to try and restore his family’s fortune, pursued by the very proper family butler. The butler, Griffin, as the result of a lucky punch, becomes mistakenly renowned as a boxer. In a series of adventures, both boy and butler tangle with a crook who uses many disguises. But they find their fortune, and the staid butler becomes his own man and marries the boy’s attractive older sister.

Based on the book “By the Great Horn Spoon” by Sid Fleischman.

110 min. Directed by James Neilson.

Feature 084

The Happiest Millionaire

June 23, 1967

In words and music, this is the story of “the happiest millionaire”, nonconformist Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, and his unusual Philadelphia family, seen through the eyes of their new-to-the-U.S. Irish butler. The year is 1916, and in the busy household on Rittenhouse Square each of the family members has hopes and dreams. For Mr. Biddle it is strengthening the “Biddle Bible Class”, campaigning for military preparedness, and caring for his prized alligators. For daughter Cordelia Biddle, it is first love with the wealthy Angie Duke, who is infatuated with the automobile. For Mrs. Biddle it is keeping order in the family despite frozen alligators, a wedding, confrontations with the Duke family, World War I, and comforting her husband when the children have left home.

Various other versions exist: stereo general release (144 min), mono general release (141 min), and for the Disney Channel airing in November 1984 an additional before unseen musical number “It Won’t Be Long ‘Til Christmas” has been added.

159 min (164 min with overtures). Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 085

The Gnome-Mobile

July 12, 1967

In the redwood forests of California, a multimillionaire lumberman and his two young grandchildren encounter two gnomes, old Knobby and young Jasper. Supposedly, they’re the last of their kind, but everyone sets off on a trip in a Gnome-Mobile to find the rest of the gnomes. After a series of adventures and mishaps, they do, and the lumberman deeds the forest to the gnomes for eternity.

Based on the book by Upton Sinclair.

85 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 086

The Jungle Book

October 18, 1967

Reissued 1978

               1984

               1990

A human boy, Mowgli, is raised in the jungle by wolves until it is deemed unsafe for him to stay because of Shere Khan, the tiger, who has vowed to kill the man cub. Bagheera, the panther, is selected to accompany Mowgli on his journey back to civilization, but has a difficult time because the boy does not want to leave. Meeting Baloo the bear, a loveable “jungle bum”, Mowgli is even more certain he wants to stay with his friends. But after an encounter with the mad King Louie of the Apes, and pressed to return to the man village by Baloo and Bangheera, Mowgli runs away. Alone in the jungle, he meets Shere Khan, but only after the last-minute intervention of his friends does he manage to defeat the tiger. Soon after, he meets a young girl from the man village and willingly returns to civilization.

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, this was the last animated feature Walt Disney supervised.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

78 min. Animated feature, classic #19

Feature 087

Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar

October 18, 1967

In the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, a tin orphaned cougar kitten is found and adopted by a young forester. He names the cougar Charlie, and, as Charlie grows up, he has many humorous and hair-raising adventures in the logging community. Finally, for his protection, Charlie is given his freedom in a wildlife sanctuary.

Released on a bill with The Jungle Book.

75 min.

Feature 088

Blackbeard’s Ghost

February 08, 1968

Reissued 1976

Upon his arrival in the tiny fishing town of Godolphin, where he will be track coach of the college team, Steve Walker inadvertently summons the ghost of the infamous Captain Blackbeard. The rascally old pirate causes him nothing but trouble, but, in the end, finally helps the coach win a track meet and a girlfriend and outwit some gangsters, which earns the ghost his desired eternal rest.

Based n the book by Ben Stahl.

107 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 089

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

March 21, 1968

In the year 1888, the eleven members of the Bower family comprise “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band”, which is practicing to perform at the Democratic Presidential Convention for Grover Cleveland. But their plans go askew hen a young Republican newspaperman, who supports Cleveland’s rival, Benjamin Harrison, falls in love with Alice Bower, and convinces even Grandpa that they should move to the Dakota Territory. The family inescapably becomes involved in personal and political problems once they arrive. Difficulties end on Election Day, however, and the family band harmonizes once more.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Laura Bower Van Nuys.

110 min. Directed by Michael O’ Herlihy.

Feature 090

Never a Dull Moment

June 26, 1968

Mistaken for a hired killer, television actor Jack Albany impersonates the man to save his own life. However, he is forced to join a gang of hoodlums attempting to heist an enormous 42-foot-long painting, “A Field of Sunflowers”, from the Manhattan Museum of Art. Then the real killer shows up. But Jack outwits him, thwarts the robbery, and also finds time to fall in love.

Based on the book by John Godey.

100 min. Directed by Jerry Paris.

Feature 091

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit

December 20, 1968

An executive in an ad agency comes up with a great idea; he gets his firm to buy a horse and gives it to his teenaged daughter. She’ll ride it to victory in some horse shows, and the animal, named for the Allied Drug Company product, an indigestion remedy called Aspercel, will get lots of publicity. But it doesn’t quite work out that way. His daughter, Helen, is only an amateur, and it is only with the love and support of her father, trainer Suzie Clemens, and her new boyfriend, Ronnie, that she can win the title of Grand Champion Open Jumper in the prestigious Washington International Horse Show.

Based on the book “The Year of the Horse” by Eric Hatch.

113 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 092

The Love Bug

March 13, 1969

Reissued 1979

A down-and-out racetrack driver, Jim Douglas acquires a little Volkswagon but doesn’t realize that the “bug” is almost human. The car helps Jim to win many races, but runs away, when it feels it is not appreciated, into the clutches of villainous rival Peter Thorndyke. With the help of his friends Tennessee and Carole, Jim changes his attitude, finds the “bug”, and apologizes. They win another race – and Jim falls in love with Carole.

Based on the story “Car-Boy-Girl” by Gordon Buford.

108 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Feature 093

Smith!

March 21, 1969

A rancher, Smith, who is trying to make a go of a small spread, sometimes aggravates his family with his lackadaisical ways and his friendship with the local Nez Perce Indians. When one of them, Gabriel Jimmyboy, is falsely accused of murder, Smith comes to the rescue at the trial. The accused is freed and the Indians are grateful, coming to the Smith ranch to help with the cutting of the hay crop, and to train Smith’s son, Albie’s, prize Appaloosa.

Based on the book “Breaking Smith’s Quarter Horse” by Paul St. Pierre.

102 min. Directed by Michael O’Herlihy.

Feature 094

Rascal

June 11, 1969

The voice of 60-year-old Sterling North recalls his youth in the Wisconsin heartland when he found a raccoon kit, named it Rascal, and took it home. During a summer in central Wisconsin, the boy and raccoon have many adventures; and Rascal even helps a friend – a horse – to win a race against s Stanley Steamer. But, eventually, young Sterling lets Rascal seek his freedom.

Based on the book by Sterling North.

85 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 095

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

December 31, 1969

Dexter Riley, a science student, accidentally acquires all of the knowledge stored up in a used computer recently obtained for Medfield College when he tries to replace a fuse. The information includes data about a bookie ring, and Dexter’s life is threatened, but he saves the day by capturing the crooks and winning a cash contest on television for dear old Medfield.

91 min. Directed by Robert Butler.

Feature 096

King of the Grizzlies

February 11, 1970

Ernest Thompson Seton, the well-known American artist and author, tells the story of Wahb, a mighty grizzly who roamed the Greybull country of the old West. A Cree Indian, Moki, befriends Wahb as a cub, and in later years, the Indian and the bear have many strange encounters, but always recognize each other as “brothers”.

Based on “The Biography of a Grizzly” by Ernest Thompson Seton.

93 min. Directed by Ron Kelly.

Feature 097

The Boatniks

July 01, 1970

Newly assigned to duty in the Coast Guard at Newport Beach, California, ensign Thomas Garland soon faces the problems caused by Sunday sailors, those amateur beatniks who go down to the sea in ships. But the ensign also finds himself involved in romantic complications with Kate Fairchild, as well as with jewel thieves, whose careers are ended with the cooperation of Thomas and Kate.

100 min. Directed by Norman Tokar.

Feature 098

The Aristocats

December 11, 1970

Reissued 1980

               1987

The pedigreed mother cat, Duchess, and her three kittens, Toulouse, Berlioz, and Marie, are catnapped by a greedy butler named Edgar who hopes to gain by getting the inheritance left to the family of cats by their owner, Madame Bonfamille. Things look hopeless for the cats until they are befriended by Thomas O’Malley, an easygoing alley cat. After the cats have many misadventures getting back to Paris, the villainous butler is frustrated when a gang of alley cats and a mouse named Roquefort join O’Malley to rescue Duchess and her kittens.

The first animated feature-length cartoon completed without Walt Disney.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

78 min. Animated feature, classic #20

Feature 099

The Wild Country

January 20, 1971

The Tanner family comes from the East to a broken-down homestead in Wyoming, and, in trying to make a go of it, face hardship and opposition from man and nature as they struggle for their water rights and survive cyclone and fire. In the process, they preserve and mature. And after “bringing the law to Jackson’s Hole”, they face a happier future.

Based on the book “Little Britches” by Ralph Moody.

100 min. Directed by Robert Totten.

Feature 100

The Barefoot Executive

March 17, 1971

In the wacky world of television, an ambitious mailroom boy at the United Broadcasting Company, Steven Post, discovers that a chimpanzee being taken care of by his girlfriend, Jennifer, ahs an amazing talent – the chimp can pick programs that will become hit. Steven secretly uses the chimp to catapult himself into a vice presidency and a lush life, but the secret is revealed by jealous rivals. Steven loses both the chimp and his girlfriend until he changes his ways and wins out.

96 min. Directed by Robert Butler.

 

 
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