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Fitzwilly (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 19 April 1968 (West Germany)
A butler and the staff of an eccentric aged philanthropist whose family wealth is exhausted engage in larceny and crimes to maintain her lifestyle and provide funds for her charitable activities.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Poyntz Tyler (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Claude R. Fitzwilliam
Barbara Feldon ... Juliet Nowell
John McGiver ... Albert
Edith Evans ... Miss Victoria Woodworth
Harry Townes ... Mr. Nowell
John Fiedler ... Mr. Morton Dunne
Anne Seymour ... Grimsby
Norman Fell ... Oberblatz
Cecil Kellaway ... Buckmaster
Stephen Strimpell Stephen Strimpell ... Byron Casey
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Mortimer
Paul Reed ... Prettikin
Albert Carrier ... Pierre
Nelson Olmsted ... Simmons
Dennis Cooney Dennis Cooney ... Assistant D.A. Elliot Adams
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Storyline

When Miss Vicki's father dies she continues with her charitable donations. Unfortunately, the family wealth is depleted and she is flat broke. Her loyal butler, Claude Fitzwilliam, known as Fitzwilly, leads the household staff to steal from various businesses by misrepresenting themselves, charging goods to other wealthy people and misdirecting the goods shipments, all to maintain Miss Vicki's standard of living and her philanthropy. With Fitzwilly's encouragement, Miss Vicki is writing a "Dictionary for Dopes" which contains all possible phonetic spellings of a word, and gives the reader the correct one, and for that she needs a secretary. Juliet is hired and she is suspicious and she discovers what is going on while at the same time falling in love with Fitzwilly. Juliet agrees to allow Fitzwilly to carry out one more big caper before they get married that will keep Miss Vicki comfortable for the rest of her days. Written by Danny Kelly<dbgvk@canada.com>

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He's a crook, an embezzler, a conman, a forger...You'll love him! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with the Fuzz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fitzwilly's thrift store is named for St. Dismas, the "good thief," in Christian tradition. See more »

Goofs

When Fitzwilly is picking out a piano there is a moving shadow from a piece of equipment. See more »

Quotes

Claude R. Fitzwilliam: [Opening lines] Once upon a time, the very privileged lived the way we still do, in quiet luxury, elegance, grace. It's an almost vanished way of life. Not easy to hold on to. And, terribly expensive to maintain.
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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
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An overlooked Christmas movie
29 November 2000 | by PfunnSee all my reviews

When people ask me my favorite Christmas movies, I include "White Christmas," the George C. Scott "Christmas Carol" and "Fitzwilly." The latter film usually brings a perplexed response. In fact, much of the film takes place during the holidays, and the climax (if I remember correctly), occurs on Christmas Eve. This film has been a favorite since my childhood, and I'm disappointed that it doesn't get more TV airings during the holiday season.


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