Thursday, 1 December 2011

The AristoCats (1970) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 78 mins.Year: 1970
Cast: Voices by Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Liz English

Disney Movie Rating:
85.48 out of 100. Total of 208 votes.

The AristoCats (1970) Movie Description:

Notable as the last Disney film given the go-ahead by Walt Disney prior to his death, 1970's The Aristocats is an animated feature film starring the voices of Phil Harris and Eva Gabor.

Three kittens are named as beneficiaries in the will of a famous opera singer, with the stipulation that if and when the felines pass away, the fortune will then revert to the singer's butler. Overhearing the reading of the will, the butler reaches the conclusion that he can't wait for the kittens to die, so he concocts a plan to eliminate the kittens himself.

The plot backfires however, with the kittens left stranded in the countryside. In the midst of their wandering, they make the acquaintance of a street-smart alley cat who volunteers to help them return. Once back among familiar surroundings, they again fall victim to the butler's greed and are stuffed into a trunk bound for Timbuktu. The alley cat gets wind of the goings-on, and returns to rescue the kittens a second time.

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Smoke (1970) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 80 mins.Year: 1970
Cast: Ron Howard, Earl Holliman, Jacqueline Scott

Disney Movie Rating:
67.29 out of 100. Total of 23 votes.

Smoke (1970) Movie Description:

Chris (Ron Howard), a fourteen-year-old farm youth, is mourning the loss of his father while upset about his mother's choice to remarry. When Chris finds a lost German shepherd, he keeps it a secret for fear that his stepfather Cal will take it away. Cal (Earl Holliman) desires nothing more than to have a loving and respectful relationship with his stepson. When Smoke's owner shows up, Chris is afraid of how Cal will react. In the end, Chris learns some real valuable life lessons.

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The Boatniks (1970) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 99 mins.Year: 1970
Cast: Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers and Phil Silvers

Disney Movie Rating:
50.3 out of 100. Total of 1 votes.

The Boatniks (1970) Movie Description:

A star-studded cast (or at least a well-known one) appear in the 1970 Walt Disney Productions comedy, The Boatniks. Reliable Disney favorite Norman Tokar directed.

Unfortunately for him, inept Coast Guard ensign Tom Garland (Robert Morse) has the legacy of his late esteemed war hero father to follow. If that weren't enough, he meets and falls in love with Kate Fairchild (Stefanie Powers), and almost immediately almost drowns her in paint. To add further fuel to the fire, Garland is attempting to capture a trio of jewel thieves who've leased a boat from Fairchild's sailing school. "High-sea"-jinks galore ensue, with the three crooks displaying even less aptitude for sailing than Garland.

Besides Morse and Powers, The Boatniks' cast includes Phil Silvers, Mickey Shaughnessy, Norman Fell, Don Ameche, Wally Cox, and, in cameos, Joe E. Ross and Al Lewis.

The Boatniks was filmed off the Southern California coast, with some familiar landmarks along Newport Beach and Balboa as background.

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King of the Grizzlies (1970) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 93 mins.Year: 1970
Cast: John Yesno, Chris Wiggins and Hugh Webster

Disney Movie Rating:
66.1 out of 100. Total of 2 votes.

King of the Grizzlies (1970) Movie Description:

Based on the novel, The Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton, the 1970 Walt Disney Production, King of the Grizzlies, takes place at the very end of the Old West era and documents the story of Moh-Sum-See Wahb, a grizzly bear with a distinctive track print.

Growing up, the grizzly has a near idyllic existence with his mother and twin sister. The film follows him as he learns to hunt, and even makes friends with a few other deep woods animals. However, tragedy strikes when his mother and twin are killed by The Colonel, an opportunistic local rancher. Moki, the Colonel's foreman, a Native American, leads the grizzly deeper into the woods to safety.

Years pass and the once timid grizzly cub matures into "the King of the Grizzlies." He returns to the region where he was raised, intent on getting revenge for the deaths of his family.

Veteran Disney director and narrator Winston Hibler provides voice-over in his typical easy-going manner.

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The Wild Country (1970) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 100 mins.Year: 1970
Cast: Steve Forrest, Vera Miles and Ron Howard

Disney Movie Rating:
64.7 out of 100. Total of 2 votes.

The Wild Country (1970) Movie Description:

A genre that Disney traditionally excels in, the wilderness family adventure, is the focus in the 1970 production of The Wild Country. Familiar faces dot the cast, including Steve Forrest, Vera Miles, Jack Elam, Rance Howard and his sons, Ron and Clint, Dub Taylor and Mills Watson.

The Tanner family leave their Pittsburgh roots behind and head west to their newly purchased Wyoming ranch. Upon arrival however, they discover their property is in need of major rehabbing, and what's more, inhabited by a grizzled mountain man (Elam) and his Native American sidekick.

Unscrupulous neighbors, a tornado, and a fire are added into the mix as the family struggles to make their new home and land inhabitable. Ron Howard (post Andy Griffith, pre Happy Days) is eventually the hero, taking matters into his own hands in defense of his father.

One of Disney's finer non-animated "family" films, The Wild Country is an enjoyable, entertaining 100 minutes for all audiences.

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 91 mins.Year: 1969
Cast: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero

Disney Movie Rating:
72.2 out of 100. Total of 47 votes.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) Movie Description:

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a film about a young student named Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) and the college at which he attends. The college is struggling financially and can not afford a computer like the state college owns. The students decide to visit one of the colleges sponsors, the A.J. Arno company, and the company ends up donating one of their older computers to the college. The computer has tons of illegal information on it and all of the knowledge gets downloaded into Dexter Riley's brain after receiving an electric shock whilst repairing the machine. Dexter turns into a human computer capable of solving academic problems within seconds. AJ Arno is not too happy with the fact that Dexter has all their secrets encoded in his brain and try to silence him. This is a great movie that is sure to keep you entertained.

A Scene from The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes:

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Smith (1969) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 112 mins.Year: 1969
Cast: Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Dean Jagger

Disney Movie Rating:
72.87 out of 100. Total of 3 votes.

Smith (1969) Movie Description:

The issue of racial injustice is addressed in the 1969 Walt Disney Productions film, Smith!. Starring Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson, Dean Jagger and Frank Ramirez, Smith! is directed by Disney favorite, Michael O'Herlihy who also directed The Fighting Prince of Donegal for Disney.

Accused of murdering Sam Hardy, a crime he's innocent of, Jimmyboy (Ramirez), a Native American, shows up at the Smith ranch. Smith (Ford) is white, but was reared by a Native American and is sympathetic due to his own experience. Smith has to persuade Jimmyboy from fleeing to Canada to escape the clutches of the local sheriff, who remains unconvinced of the Native American's innocence. With Smith's assistance, Jimmyboy agrees to surrender to local authorities. Smith even agrees to appear in court on Jimmyboy's behalf as a character witness.

Both sides of the issue are portrayed fairly unbiasedly in Smith!, with Ford, in particular, giving a strong, impressive performance.

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Rascal (1969) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 85 mins.Year: 1969
Cast: Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy and Pamela Toll

Disney Movie Rating:
73.47 out of 100. Total of 3 votes.

Rascal (1969) Movie Description:

Beautifully filmed in California, the 1969 Disney production, Rascal, is adapted from the 1963 Sterling North memoirs of his youth. Bill Mumy stars as the author who reminisces on his Wisconsin boyhood during the early 20th-century.

A somewhat lonely, atypical teenager, Sterling spends his days outdoors in nature, feeling none of the social pressures that plague him. When he discovers and befriends a stray raccoon (whom he names 'Rascal'), Sterling learns that his life can definitely be enriched by this unusual relationship.

Typical of most Disney animal adventures, there are ample shenanigans involving the raccoon in "human" surroundings, but Rascal never goes too far or strives for entertainment at the expense of the animal.

Mumy was just coming off a four-year stint as young Will Robinson on the television series, Lost In Space, and was a familiar and popular face with audiences. Veteran actor Walter Pidgeon provided the voice for the "adult" Sterling North.

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The Love Bug (1968) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 107 mins.Year: 1968
Cast: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

The Love Bug (1968) Movie Description:

Car dealer Peter Thorndike thought he'd made quite a deal for himself when he unloaded a Volkswagen Beetle with a stubborn mind of its own on race car driver Jim Douglas. Jim soon befriends the lovable beetle bug affectionately called Herbie and starts winning races. When Thorndike learns the car has more value than he ever expected, the race is to own Herbie takes some comical twists and turns.

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The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 113 mins.Year: 1968
Cast: Dean Jones, Diane Baker, Lloyd Bochner, and Fred Clark

Disney Movie Rating:
75 out of 100. Total of 27 votes.

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) Movie Description:

The Horse In The Gray Flannel Suit is about a man named Frederick Bolton who is in the advertising business. His boss has instructed him to come up with a good advertising campaign for a stomach pill called Aspercel within 24 hours. If this was not a big enough problem, his beloved daughter Helen loves horses, competes in races, and desperately wants a horse of her own. Frederick can not afford to buy her a horse and he starts brainstorming. He decides to combine his two problems and solve them at once. He decides to acquire a horse, name it Aspercel, and have Helen ride it in races to give the pill media exposure. What better way to kill two birds with one stone? The only problem is, they need to win a few races first in order for this plan to work. This is a great film for horse lovers who love a happy ending.

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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 110 mins.Year: 1968
Cast: Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, and John Davidson

Disney Movie Rating:
75.77 out of 100. Total of 18 votes.

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) Movie Description:

The One and Only, Geniune, Original Family Band is an animated film produced by Disney set in the 1800's. The story follows "The Bower Family Band" and starts with the band petitioning the Democratic National Committee to perform a Grover Cleveland rally song at the convention of 1888. However, they decide to move to the Dakota territory instead due to the insistence of their eldest daughter's suitor. Grandpa Bower starts a little trouble when they get to Dakota with his pro Grover Cleveland ideas because the area is overwhelmingly republican. The people of the Dakota territory are trying to have the area admitted to the union as two separate states (South Dakota and North Dakota) in order to acquire 4 republican senators rather than just two. Cleveland blocks their plans and ends up winning the election but allows Dakota to be recognized as two separate states before he leaves office. This 1968 film is not your run of the mill Disney movie, but is a very good movie for people who are interested in American History.

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Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 106 mins.Year: 1968
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette

Disney Movie Rating:
64.7 out of 100. Total of 2 votes.

Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) Movie Description:

Blackbeard's Ghost Is a live-action Disney film based upon a novel written by an author named Ben Stahl. The movie focuses on a man named Steve Walker (Dean Joans) who takes a position as track coach at a college in the town of Godolphin, NC. The night he arrives in town, he finds himself at a place called Blackbeard's Inn, which is run by ancestors of Blackbeard's pirate crew. The owners are desperately trying to pay off the mortgage on the inn to prevent it from being purchased by a local crime boss who wants to turn it into a casino. Steve eventually ends up in possession of a bed warmer that was owned by Captain Blackbeard's wife and manages to conjure the ghost of Blackbeard. Steve and Blackbeard eventually team up to thwart the crime bosses evil schemes and end up paying off the mortgage of the Blackbeard's Inn. If you love pirate movies, you will be sure to get plenty of viewing pleasure out of this film.

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Never A Dull Moment (1968) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 99 mins.Year: 1968
Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Provine

Disney Movie Rating:
60 out of 100. Total of 3 votes.

Never A Dull Moment (1968) Movie Description:

A plot to steal Van Gogh's masterpiece work "Field of Sunflowers" is the centerpiece around which Walt Disney Productions 1968 Never A Dull Moment revolves. Dick Van Dyke is at his befuddled, slapstick best as an actor mistaken for a killer who is chosen to lead the artwork caper. Having no choice but to go along since he is unable to convince his captors otherwise, Van Dyke finds his predicament doubly dangerous when the REAL killer appears.

Screen legend Edward G. Robinson plays (surprise!) a gangster who is bankrolling the project. The iconic Robinson portrays a caricature of the character he became notorious for, but is effective nonetheless.

Never A Dull Moment is directed by Jerry Paris, a long-time protege of Van Dyke's. Besides playing Rob Petrie's dentist neighbor on the classic Dick Van Dyke Show TV series, Paris also directed more than 200 episodes of another long-running TV series, Happy Days.

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The Jungle Book (1967) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 78 mins.Year: 1967
Cast: Voices by Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot and Louis Prima

Disney Casual Rating:
85.56 out of 100. Total of 649 votes.

The Jungle Book (1967) Description:
Come follow the delightful adventures of Mowgli, a young orphan boy who was raised in the jungle by wolves. Meet Bagheera, the wise panther; King Louie, the goofy king of the monkeys; Shere Khan, the evil, jealous tiger; Kaa, the mysterious snake; and big Baloo, the lovable, huggable bear. When his jungle friends want him o move to the man-village or his own safety, Mowgli learns there's no place like the jungle.

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Monkeys Go Home (1967) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 101 mins.Year: 1967
Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones and Yvette Mimieux

Disney Movie Rating:
45.9 out of 100. Total of 5 votes.

Monkeys Go Home (1967) Movie Description:

Inheriting an olive plantation in France from a deceased uncle then having to learn the harsh realities of finding and keeping skilled workers leads Dean Jones to employ monkeys as laborers in Walt Disney Productions 1967 film, Monkeys, Go Home!

With his payroll drastically slashed (the chimps work for bananas), the plan appears to be working until a few "hiccups" occur: First, workers at rival olive groves aren't happy with the unorthodox situation, and secondly, it's discovered that the four original monkeys are female, and when a male chimp is added to the work force, the work suffers.

Monkeys, Go Home! co-stars Yvette Mimieux and in his final film appearance, legendary French actor-singer Maurice Chevalier.

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, who also directed such Hollywood classics as McClintock!, Shenandoah, The Undefeated and Cahill, U.S. Marshall, as well as early television productions as Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel and Gunsmoke.

Trailer/Scene from Monkeys, Go Home!

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 108 mins.Year: 1967
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette and Karl Malden

Disney Movie Rating:
70.57 out of 100. Total of 6 votes.

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) Movie Description:

1967's The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a classic "fish-out-of-water" tale adapted from the Sid Fleischman novel, By the Great Horn Spoon. This Disney production stars Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden and Bryan Russell.

On a quest to restore both his family's honor and lost wealth, young Boston lad Jack Flagg (Russell) stows away on a ship bound for California circa 1849. Loyal to a fault, the family's butler, Griffin (McDowall) joins. When very proper Boston and the wooly wild west mix, the results are frequently explosive and always hilarious.

The action is non-stop, and several familiar character actor faces appear, including Harry Guardino, Parley Baer, Mike Mazurki and Dub Taylor.

Long-time director James Neilson called the shots, a task he'd handled frequently on The Wonderful World of Walt Disney, as well as Bonanza, Batman and The Rifleman.

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is guaranteed to get a laugh from practically all viewers, with McDowall at his bumbling, yet dignified, best.

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