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The Shaggy Dog (1959) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Alexander Scourby

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This 1959 comedy was Disney Studios' first live-action, slapstick-in-suburbia feature. Wilby Daniels (Kirk) is a normal teen -- somewhat fascinated with science and not very good with girls. His best friend Buzz (Considine) is a real operator in the latter area, but always broke and borrowing money from Wilby for his dates. When a French girl comes on the scene, Buzz schemes on how to get her without his regular girl Allison (Funicello) knowing. Meanwhile, Wilby runs across some Borgia jewelry in a museum which turns him into an English sheepdog and back again, regularly, with unfortunate timing that he can't control. His little brother Moochie wants to keep a dog, which does not sit well with their father Wilson Daniels (MacMurray), who has a real hatred toward dogs after 20 years with the postal service. As a dog, Wilby also resembles the French girl Franceska's pet, which gets him into her house for good stretches of time. While there, he learns that Dr. Mitchell Andrassy (Scourby, most famous as the rich deep voice of countless National Geographic specials) is not really an art historian, but a spy! For some reason, this dated, mediocre but mildly amusing plot has been remade a number of times: for TV in 1994, with Ed Begley Jr. and James Cromwell, for example, and as "The Return of the Shaggy Dog" in a 1987 made-for-TV show. A 1968 UK TV series by the same name is not related.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   developing special abilities Animal or Object Story    -   Yes Kind of animal or object:    -   dog Sexing?    -   girl chasing Animal talks?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can change shapes Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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