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The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | 16 February 1966 (USA)
Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Albert Aley (screenplay), G.B. Stern (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Jones ... Mark Garrison
Suzanne Pleshette ... Fran Garrison
Charles Ruggles ... Dr. J.L. Pruitt (as Charlie Ruggles)
Kelly Thordsen ... Officer Carmody
Parley Baer ... Mel Chadwick
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Mr. Toyama
Mako ... Kenji
Charles Lane ... Judge
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Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked into letting Danke wet nurse a Great Dane pup that's been abandoned by his mother. And Mark wants to keep the Great Dane. But Brutus has this problem: he thinks he's a dachshund and he's too big to be a lapdog. But when Fran ridicules Brutus one too many times, Jim's got a plan to prove to everyone (and Fran) that a great Dane can be far more than just an ugly dachshund. Written by Kathy Li

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A HAPPY HONEYMOON...becomes a dog-gone disaster! See more »

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Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 February 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 bassotti per 1 danese See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The movie earned $6 million, which was considered a hit in 1966, and it received the "Boxoffice" magazine Blue Ribbon Award for the month of March that year. See more »

Goofs

Just over 43 minutes into the movie, when the dachshunds climb up on the bed with Fran, it is clear that one of the puppies is a male. Early in the movie, all of the dachshund puppies are said to be female. See more »

Quotes

Kenji: Rion! Rion!
Mark Garrison: Lion?
[Kenji points to Brutus, standing over Mr. Toyama, laying on the ground]
Fran Garrison: Brutus! Mark call him off. Mr. Toyama.
Mr. Toyama: Take away rion!
Fran Garrison: That's not a lion, that's a dog.
Mr. Toyama: [sits up] You call THAT, dog?
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Connections

Featured in Disney Dimanche: Episode #1.1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill) and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Suzanne Pleshette
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...Females always make the difference.
28 August 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette star as married couple Mark and Fran Garrison, whose prize-winning Dachshund has just had pups. Then into their lives comes Brutus, a lovably exuberant Great Dane who comes to think of himself as a Dachshund. Much friction occurs between the husband and wife since she dotes on her dogs and he very much wants a dog of his own. The four Dachshunds get up to various mischievous escapades, and Brutus tends to get the blame.

The two lead characters aren't the most likeable you'll ever see in a Disney comedy, although he is often more sympathetic. She's very stubborn, and it takes a while before she realizes Brutus' worth. He's a good guard dog, and is quick to warn humans when one of the Dachsies gets into potential peril. There's also the standard amount of Disney slapstick and farcical situations, with the canines and humans alike being put through their paces. The highlight is a garden party that goes from bad to worse.

The cast gives it 100%, especially Disney veteran Jones. Co-starring are Charles Ruggles as the kindly old veterinarian J.L. Pruitt, Kelly Thordsen as the jovial Officer Carmody, Parley Baer as Dachshund expert Mel Chadwick, Robert Kino and a hilarious Mako as the Japanese-American men who organize the party, and Charles Lane as a dog show judge. Dick Wessel plays Eddie the garbage man, although he's curiously dubbed by the great voice-over artist Paul Frees. But any dog lover will want to watch this for the talented and endearing canines, who are obviously very well trained. It's particularly amusing when Brutus is in full "I'm a dachshund" mode.

Overall, "The Ugly Dachshund" is mild as far as comedy content goes, although it certainly does generate some decent chuckles along the way.

Six out of 10.


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