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The Happiest Millionaire (1967)




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Adapted from the book and play of the same name, The Happiest Millionaire is the (mostly) true story of eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (Fred MacMurray). The Biddle mansion is the gathering place for a pugilistic boxing class, pet alligators and would-be opera singers. Cordelia Biddle (Lesley Ann Warren), the daughter of Anthony and his wife (Greer Garson), wants to marry wealthy and handsome Angie Duke (John Davidson), but Angie's parents are shocked by the Biddles' freewheeling lifestyle. Thanks in part to the ebullient intervention of John Lawless (Tommy Steele), the Biddles' butler, all misunderstandings are eventually swept away. Like Disney's previous Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire is decked out with a vibrant musical score by Richard and Robert Sherman, but the magic is somehow lacking this time around. This was the last live-action film to personally supervised by Walt Disney; released several months after Disney's death, the film was made available in 141-minute and 164-minute versions.

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Fred MacMurray
as Anthony J. Drexel Biddle
Greer Garson
as Mrs. Cordelia Biddle
Tommy Steele
as John Lawless
Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Duke
Gladys Cooper
as Aunt Mary Drexel
Lesley Ann Warren
as Miss Cordelia `Cordy' Biddle
John Davidson
as Angie Duke
Paul Petersen
as Tony Biddle
Eddie Hodges
as Livingston Biddle
Sean McClory
as Sgt. Flanagan
Jim McMullan
as Lt. Powell
Aron Kincaid
as Walter Blakely
Larry Merrill
as Charlie Taylor
Frances Robinson
as Aunt Gladys
Norman Grabowski
as Joe Turner
Jim Gurley
as Marine Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for The Happiest Millionaire

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It tries so desperately hard to please us that, in the end, we almost want to grab Steele and John Davidson, bang their heads together, and snarl: Will you please stop smiling and get on with the movie!

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Some drinking in long, corny Disney musical.

September 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Overlong, too gooey, but engaging.

December 4, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The Happiest Millionaire is a pleasant, tuneful, tasteful musical that is also over-long and uneven. The overall effect, however, is one of pleasure and the movie is ideal family entertainment.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Happiest Millionaire


Extremely overlong Disney concoction would have benefitted greatly by a heavy dose of editing. The veterans in the cast are the saving graces of this although Fred is required to be a bit buffonish at times. The younger members of the cast are uniformily vapid. Lesley Ann Warren, who can be a decent actress at times, is just as forgettable as the rest here.

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