Doctor Dolittle (1967)


(out of 5)

Adaptation of the popular children’s novel is a downright embarrassing mess.   gives a spirited performance as the famous doctor whose parrot speaks fluent English and teaches him in turn to speak the languages of all animals of the world. Dolittle decides to make good use of this new talent and becomes a doctor for animals, travelling the world in search of a mythical creature called the Great Pink Sea Snail. The song score is atrocious (Harrison could only get away with his rap-singing in My Fair Lady, but not again), but some of the young and young at heart might enjoy it (parts of it anyway) and the visual effects are still quite impressive, especially the excellent animal training.


USA, 1967

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novels by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by Leslie Bricusse

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Awards
Best Music (Song) (“Talk to the Animals”, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse)
Best Special Visual Effects (L.B. Abbbott)

Best Art Direction (art direction: Mario Chiari, Jack Martin Smith, Ed Graves; set decoration: Walter M. Scott, Stuart A. Reiss)
Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees)
Best Film Editing (Samuel E. Beetley, Marjorie Fowler)
Best Music (Original Music Score) (Leslie Bricusse)
Best Music (Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment) (Lionel Newman, Alexander Courage)
Best Picture (Arthur P. Jacobs, producer)
Best Sound (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Richard Attenborough)

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Rex Harrison)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Talk To The Animals”, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Leslie Bricusse)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Musical



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