The Happiest Millionaire

The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film starring Fred MacMurray and based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Costume Design by Bill Thomas. The musical song score is by Robert and Richard Sherman. The screenplay is by AJ Carothers based on the play that was based on the book My Philadelphia Father by Cordelia Drexel Biddle. This was the last film with personal involvement from Walt Disney, who died during its production.

The story begins in Autumn of 1916, and follows an Irish immigrant named John Lawless Tommy Steele as he applies for a butler position with eccentric Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Fred MacMurray. Even though the family is a bit strange, Lawless soon learns that he fits right in. Mr. Biddle takes a liking to him immediately. For the rest of the film, Lawless serves as the narratorcommentator.Mr. Biddle busies himself with his Biddle Boxing and Bible School located in his stable and with his alligators in the conservatory. He is also anxious to get America into the War in Europe World War I, despite the governments policy of neutrality. His wife, Cordelia Greer Garson, stands quietly by, accepting his eccentricities with a sense of pride and class. Their two sons, Tony and Livingston Paul Petersen and Eddie Hodges, respectively are headed off to boarding school, never to be seen in the film again. Their daughter, Cordy Lesley Ann Warren, in her film debut, is a tomboy with a mean right hook who was educated by private tutors and has had limited contact with conventional society. She is frustrated by her apparent inability to attract suitors and wants to see what is beyond the Biddle manor. ........

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