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Fitzwilly (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 19 April 1968 (West Germany)
A butler and the staff of an eccentric aged philanthropist whose family wealth is exhausted engage in larceny and crimes to maintain her lifestyle and provide funds for her charitable activities.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Poyntz Tyler (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Claude R. Fitzwilliam
Barbara Feldon ... Juliet Nowell
John McGiver ... Albert
Edith Evans ... Miss Victoria Woodworth
Harry Townes ... Mr. Nowell
John Fiedler ... Mr. Morton Dunne
Anne Seymour ... Grimsby
Norman Fell ... Oberblatz
Cecil Kellaway ... Buckmaster
Stephen Strimpell Stephen Strimpell ... Byron Casey
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Mortimer
Paul Reed ... Prettikin
Albert Carrier ... Pierre
Nelson Olmsted ... Simmons
Dennis Cooney Dennis Cooney ... Assistant D.A. Elliot Adams
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Storyline

When Miss Vicki's father dies she continues with her charitable donations. Unfortunately, the family wealth is depleted and she is flat broke. Her loyal butler, Claude Fitzwilliam, known as Fitzwilly, leads the household staff to steal from various businesses by misrepresenting themselves, charging goods to other wealthy people and misdirecting the goods shipments, all to maintain Miss Vicki's standard of living and her philanthropy. With Fitzwilly's encouragement, Miss Vicki is writing a "Dictionary for Dopes" which contains all possible phonetic spellings of a word, and gives the reader the correct one, and for that she needs a secretary. Juliet is hired and she is suspicious and she discovers what is going on while at the same time falling in love with Fitzwilly. Juliet agrees to allow Fitzwilly to carry out one more big caper before they get married that will keep Miss Vicki comfortable for the rest of her days. Written by Danny Kelly<dbgvk@canada.com>

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He's a crook, an embezzler, a conman, a forger...You'll love him! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with the Fuzz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fitzwilly's thrift store is named for St. Dismas, the "good thief," in Christian tradition. See more »

Goofs

When Fitzwilly is picking out a piano there is a moving shadow from a piece of equipment. See more »

Quotes

Oberblatz: Prettikin, there's a lot of money in this store.
Prettikin: Well, that's the object, Oberblatz. So, be happy, keep calm.
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Soundtracks

Make Me Rainbows
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
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Neat sophisticated Dick Van Dyke comedy.
14 April 1999 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Dick Van Dyke comedy that relies more on sophisticated comedy than slapstick. Van Dyke plays a sophisticated and proper butler. The old woman he works for is penniless but he keeps this from her allowing her to believe that she is rich and can give thousands of dollars to charities, which she does. The butler is also quite an educated brain and forms the household staff into a Robin Hood band which steals from the rich (namely insurance companies paying off department store thefts) to give to the old woman who in turn turns it over to the charities (minus household expenses). It is all rather organized and quite reminiscent in many ways to the butler role in "Candleshoe" and the gang in "Who's Minding the Mint," without the slapstick. Van Dyke is perfectly cast as the butler thief with good intentions who would do anything to make the woman happy. Barbara Feldon (99 of "Get Smart") arrives as the new secretary upsetting both the criminal acts and the private world of Van Dyke who seemingly for the first time gathers a love interest for someone besides the old woman. Rated G and briskly paced, but a little talky for kids used to Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A neat film for those that love 1960's comedy and Dick Van Dyke.


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