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Emil & The Detectives (1964). "What a skrinky thing to do".

An unexpected delight! And who knew there were so many versions of this story on film. Another tale taken from literature Disney has brought to life a whole cast of characters for this detective flick.


Synopsis : While traveling to visit his grandmother, a boy's money is stolen. In order to get the money back, he follows a thief. Along the way, he meets new friends and finds trouble when he learns the pickpocket is mixed up with notorious bank robbers.

Director: Peter Tewksbury

Writers: AJ Carothers, Erich Kästner (novel)

Awards: None

Film Budget: Unknown

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: Unknown



#1 - The 300 marks Emil is taking to his grandmother would equate to about $75 at the time, or about $622 in 2019.

#2 - Disney released this movie with the featurette, The Tattooed Police Horse (1964).

#3 - In a 9/6/1963 article in 'Stars and Stripes' reporter James Gunter writes "Walt Disney said six American children selected in Europe as tryouts will appear in his new movie, Emil and the Detectives (1964), to be filmed in Berlin and West Germany this Fall." Roles were won by Bryan Richardson of Wiesbaden, David Petrychka of Munich, Ann Noland of Berlin, Bob Swann of Kaiserslautern and Rick and Ronald Johnson, twin boys from Bad Toelz. Peter Herold, associate producer of Emil and the Detectives, said camera work on the picture will begin Monday (9/9/1963) in Augsfeld, West Germany, about 60 miles north of Frankfurt. The cast will move to Berlin Sept. 16 to work on the picture for about 10 weeks (through about November 23).



We were VERY surprised to see that this movie as little known as it is is available on Disney+

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