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The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | 16 February 1966 (USA)
Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Albert Aley (screenplay), G.B. Stern (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Jones ... Mark Garrison
Suzanne Pleshette ... Fran Garrison
Charles Ruggles ... Dr. J.L. Pruitt (as Charlie Ruggles)
Kelly Thordsen ... Officer Carmody
Parley Baer ... Mel Chadwick
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Mr. Toyama
Mako ... Kenji
Charles Lane ... Judge
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Storyline

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked into letting Danke wet nurse a Great Dane pup that's been abandoned by his mother. And Mark wants to keep the Great Dane. But Brutus has this problem: he thinks he's a dachshund and he's too big to be a lapdog. But when Fran ridicules Brutus one too many times, Jim's got a plan to prove to everyone (and Fran) that a great Dane can be far more than just an ugly dachshund. Written by Kathy Li

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A HAPPY HONEYMOON GOES TO THE DOGS!...When a Great Dane disguised as a Dachsie crashes the party! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 February 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 bassotti per 1 danese See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Suzanne Pleshette is obsessed with dachshunds, but in real life, she shared her home with a Yorkshire terrier named Missy. Because her pooch could smell Pleshette's "costars" on her when she got home at night - and didn't like it - the actress had to shower and change her clothes before leaving the studio. See more »

Goofs

Just over 43 minutes into the movie, when the dachshunds climb up on the bed with Fran, it is clear that one of the puppies is a male. Early in the movie, all of the dachshund puppies are said to be female. See more »

Quotes

Garbage Man: [after Mark rescues Chloe from the back of the garbage truck] Hey you know something? I'll bet that's why Brutus wouldn't let me in the truck, he knew that little pooch was in there.
Mark Garrison: It's certainly looking that way, don't you think, Fran?
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Connections

Featured in Disney Dimanche: Episode #1.1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill) and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Suzanne Pleshette
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THE UGLY DACHSHUND (Norman Tokar, 1966) **1/2
24 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Dean Jones' second film for Walt Disney came via this minor but lively family comedy co-starring another Disney regular, the late Suzanne Pleshette (as his wife) – plus veteran comic Charlie Ruggles (appropriately cast as their vet {sic}) and soon-to-be popular Asian actor Mako (as a cowardly caterer). Although the plot sticks strictly to formula, dog lovers should be able to get a satisfactory amount of enjoyment out of this lightweight farce about a Great Dane, who being raised with a litter of dachshunds, creates all manner of chaos when he grows too large for their company and, besides, suffers from identity crisis at the most inopportune moments (namely a competitive dog show). In fact, apart from the likable pair of leads, the film's trump card is the various slapstick sequences that involve the naïve but fiercely protective Great Dane chasing the amiably anarchic dachshunds around the house (especially during an all-important garden party). Apart from the Asian caterers, a regular victim of the Great Dane's harmless ferocity is an overzealous cop who, in the film's most amusing non-canine incident, gives Jones the mother of all tickets.


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