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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
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After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientele, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (novels), Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar ... Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley ... Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough ... Albert Blossom
Peter Bull ... Gen. Bellowes
Muriel Landers ... Mrs. Blossom
William Dix ... Tommy Stubbins
Geoffrey Holder ... William Shakespeare X
Portia Nelson ... Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden ... Lady Fetherington
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Storyline

Dr. John Dolittle lives in a small English village where he specializes in caring for and verbally communicating with animals. When Dr. Dolittle is unjustly sent to an insane asylum for freeing a lovesick seal from captivity, his animals and two closest human friends, Matthew Mugg and Tommy Stubbins, liberate him. Afterward, they join Emma Fairfax and set out by boat to find a famed and elusive creature: the Great Pink Sea Snail. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original cut of the movie, Dr. Dolittle (Sir Rex Harrison) and Emma Fairfax (Samantha Eggar) eventually begin a relationship. He sang "Where Are the Words?" when he realized he was falling in love with her. In a revised version, Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley) falls for Emma, and his recording of the song is featured on the soundtrack album. Both versions were filmed and both actors recorded their respective versions, but the footage for both, as well as the vocal track by Sir Rex Harrison, have been lost. Dolittle sings "Something In Your Smile" in both scenarios when he realizes he has fallen for Emma. Harrison's vocals for the song survive, but the footage does not. See more »

Goofs

When Matthew and Tommy are dancing across the bridge during, "My Friend The Doctor", the 1st bridge changes to a different bridge when the shot changes to the opposite side of the creek and the fence that Matthew climbed over is no longer on the road but has changed to Tommy climbing over it at the 2nd bridge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: Will you stop your daydreaming, Tommy Stubbins.
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Alternate Versions

In the general release version of the film, the songs "Where Are The Words", sung by Anthony Newley, and "Something in Your Smile", sung by Rex Harrison, were omitted. See more »

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Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Never Seen Anything Like It
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Richard Attenborough
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User Reviews

Blimey, nostalgia mate
1 June 2000 | by n.j.mcneillSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this since I was about 6 years old but I remember loving it. Yes, it was bloody long, but I used to watch it loads so it must've done something to hold my attention. I always fast-forwarded some of the more boring songs though 'Here I Stand at the Crossroads of Life' - I don't care, i want big jolly songs about mad animals. YES.

There's nothing like this about nowadays so we should treasure it whilst we still can.

I haven't seen the Eddie Murphy version and i have no plans too either, # R.I.P. Rex, you old star you......


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