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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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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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Fitzwilly Strikes Again! See more »

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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

The film rights to Poyntz Tyler's 1960 novel, "A Garden of Cucumbers" was purchased for $50,000. That title refers to Isaiah 1:8 in the Bible. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Simmons: Miss Vicki has had her hot toddy, sir. Grimsby's just tucking her in.
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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Traditional carol
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Fitzwilly- lovely film!
31 January 2006 | by bugmouthgaSee all my reviews

First, let me just point out to one reviewer (bop pop, or something like that) that Fitzwilly is NOT a Disney film, so if you find it immoral, well, don't blame them.

Secondly, it IS just a movie, and considering some of the horrible junk that has been brought out by Hollywood over the years- some of which was intended for children, some not- it's hard to even think of this charming, little film as immoral, disgusting or anything else.

I initially sought out this movie- and bought it before seeing it- simply because I'm a huge "Get Smart" fan, and therefore, adore Barbara Feldon. I've read a few of the male reviewers saying they had big crushes on her. I didn't get to witness this miracle comedy until my late teens during the early 90s when Nick @ Nite began showing it, but as a young woman, Barbara Feldon became an iconic role model to me- and to many others I know.

After viewing this movie, I was thankfully not disappointed, which sometimes can happen when you watch or buy a film simply because someone you like from another show is in it. Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Feldon had wonderful chemistry. There were also quite a few supporting roles played by sometimes veteran character actors and some just starting out (including a very young Sam Waterston- before his incredible "Law & Order" days).

The humor was witty and sweet, and the premise was (and I think most people should know this) not to be taken seriously. I think we all know it's wrong to steal or to lie or to break the law, but there are quite a few films that create heroes out of anti-heroes and most people aren't complaining about them. (For instances here are a few I pulled off the top of my head- "Chicago", where the main characters are murderers, dishonest lawyers and bribe taking wardens; "Thelma & Louise", where two women start out on a fun trip, but through unfortunate circumstances, become outlaws on the run; and even "Pirates of the Caribbean", where the audience is rooting for Jack Sparrow, a fun-loving guy with a good heart, but who is, after all, still a pirate.) Some have said this is a children's movie. I certainly think it's safe for a child to watch it, but sometimes the subtle humor might go over their heads. I think it's just a fun, lovely movie, with wonderful actors, having a good laugh, and creating an enjoyable couple of hours.


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