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Rex Harrison, although not at all like the portly man described in Hugh Lofting's charming series of children's stories, is sheer perfection as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse's musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. Sadly, Harrison is the only thing nearing perfection in this overstuffed and over-mounted fiasco that nearly brought down 20th Century Fox. Considered a lunatic because he can converse in 498 animal dialects, Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley) and Emma Fairfax (Samantha Eggar) and heads off on a journey to the South Seas to find the elusive great pink snail and the giant lunar moth. Along the way, the group encounters a succession of bizarre human and animal characters -- most notably the legendary pushme-pullyou, an animal so freakish that it compels Albert Blossom (Richard Attenborough) to burst out into the exuberant song, "I've never Seen Anything Like It in My Life." Incredibly, the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1967. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lionel Newman Best Adapted Score 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Bricusse Best Song 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leslie Bricusse Best Original Song 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leslie Bricusse Best Original Score 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Bricusse Best Original Score 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Attenborough Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rex Harrison Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Cinematography 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scott Best Art Direction 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Martin Smith Best Art Direction 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ed Graves Best Art Direction 1967 Nominee

Cast

Rex Harrison
as Dr. John Dolittle
Samantha Eggar
as Emma Fairfax
Anthony Newley
as Matthew Mugg
Richard Attenborough
as Albert Blossom
Peter Bull
as Gen. Bellowes
Geoffrey Holder
as Willie Shakespeare
Muriel Landers
as Mrs. blossom
William Dix
as Tommy Stubbins
Portia Nelson
as Sarah Dolittle
Norma Varden
as Lady Petherington
Ray Erlenborn

Crew

Richard Fleischer
Director
Leslie Bricusse
Screenwriter
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Bricusse
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Scott
Production Designer
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Ed Graves
Art Director
Mort Abrahams
Supervising Producer
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Ray Aghayan
Costume Designer
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
Art Cruickshank
Special Effects
Rona Brown
Consultant/advisor
Herbert Ross
Choreography
Hugh Lofting
Short Story Author
June Samson
Script Supervisor
Marvin Westmore
Makeup
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