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The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 19 July 1967 (USA)
An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Ellis Kadison (screenplay), Upton Sinclair (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Brennan ... D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
Matthew Garber ... Rodney Winthrop
Karen Dotrice ... Elizabeth Winthrop
Richard Deacon ... Ralph Yarby
Tom Lowell ... Jasper
Sean McClory ... Horatio Quaxton
Ed Wynn ... Rufus
Jerome Cowan ... Dr. Ramsey
Charles Lane ... Dr. Scoggins
Norman Grabowski ... Male Nurse
Gil Lamb ... Gas Attendant
Maudie Prickett ... Katie Barrett
Cami Sebring Cami Sebring ... Violet
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An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes. He's committed, and his grandchildren and the gnomes must find and free him. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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Trivia

Throughout his career Walter Brennan, who had false teeth, approached roles in one of two ways: with teeth or without. In The Gnome-Mobile (1967) he had it both ways: teeth in for D.J. Mulrooney, and teeth out for Knobby the gnome. See more »

Goofs

When D.J. drives the children to the woods after collecting them from the airport, the view through the rear window shows them driving on the left side of the road; as it is in the USA, this is incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Winthrop: Grandfather, where do we start this gnome hunting?
D.J. Mulrooney: Well, I figure the most likely place would be a virgin forest. Now I happen to know of a 50,000-acre patch of timber. It's never been touched by--
[D.J. glances at the other occupants of the car]
D.J. Mulrooney: --by do-deans.
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Soundtracks

Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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Hunting for Gnome's in the Gnome-Mobile.
12 January 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Gnome-Mobile is a Disney production and stars Walter Brennan, Tom Lowell, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Richard Deacon and sees Ed Wynn cameo. It's based on a 1936 book written by Upton Sinclair called The Gnomobile. The story concerns a timber tycoon called D.J. Mulrooney {Brennan} who along with his two grandchildren Rodney & Elizabeth {Garber & Dotrice}, get involved in the affairs of two Gnomes, Jasper & Knobby {Lowell & Brennan (again) respectively}. Jasper desperately wants a bride and Knobby is fading away as he fears the Gnome race is being wiped out by the constant felling of the forests. But in spite of Knobby's mistrust of humans, especially foresters, all five of them set off in Brennan's Rolls-Royce; now nicknamed The Gnome-Mobile by the children. Sure enough tho, problems arise as first a row breaks out when Knobby finds out about Mulrooney's trade, and worse still, when the two Gnomes are Gnomenapped by weird circus owner Horatio Quaxton {Sean McClory}. What will become of them all in Disney's fantastical family delight?

What more do you want really? Leonard Maltin praised the film as being one of Disney's most unsung comedy/fantasies, and Roger Ebert wryly observed that Disney makes these types of films for kids, not critics. Who am I to argue with those two wise assumptions? It's a jolly film that contains bright and likable characters {acted likewise}, a lovely title song {written by the Sherman Brothers} and lasting effects work that has a timeless charm about it. The story {adventure} zips along with no boorish filler to hinder it, and the finale delivers everything you hope it will. Go Disney, this deserves a bigger reputation for sure. 7/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Automobil za patuljke See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Basin, California, USA

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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