The Shaggy Dog (1959)

shaggy dog disneyAnother one of those “I accidentally recited black magic and now I sometimes turn into my neighbor’s dog” movies.


You’ve probably already heard, but Roberta Shore (the French girl in this movie) is my maternal grandmother’s cousin’s daughter, which basically means… I’m a celebrity.

But will I pursue a career in Hollywood? Well, I think it’s a little too early to be talking about that, but if you’d like to talk about this outlandish rumor that is currently all over the internet, feel free to contact my agent.

The Shaggy Dog was the film that opened the floodgates for Disney’s live-action screwball comedies that characterized some of the studio’s biggest hits for the next couple of decades.

shaggy dog 1959 original

That’s Roberta.

And since these types of comedies were very inexpensive to produce, these films didn’t have to make a lot of money to become profitable which made them low risk for the studio. In fact, every once in a while one of them would become a smash hit like The Shaggy Dog, which grossed more than $9 million on a budget of less than $1 million.

The movie stars Fred MacMurray, one of my all-time favorite actors who perfected that everyday father character he plays in several of these Disney movies, as well as that old TV show that aired about the same time called My Three Sons.

Jean Hagen from Singin’ in the Rain is great in this one, too. Too bad she only got like two lines. (What do they think she is, dumb or something?)

You’ll recognize Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran from Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, and a slew of other Disney films. The rest of the cast is played by several young people who had already appeared in Disney productions on TV, including Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, and Roberta Shore (whose mother’s cousin’s daughter’s youngest son is taking Hollywood by storm, I heard).

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: That’s R-O-B-E-R-T-A [space] S-H-O-R-E.  I’ve never met her, but we’re inseparable.

The Shaggy Dog is just a fun family film. Go watch it with people you care about.

And above all…

“Beware of dogs…” — Philippians 3:2

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One Response to The Shaggy Dog (1959)

  1. John Rainier says:

    This is one of my wife’s favorite movies, and I can tolerate it, so we watch it every time its on BYU TV. The thing I like is the cars, especially the friend’s hot rod.

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