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The Shaggy Dog (1959). "Gee, Wilby, you know I like you much better as a dog."

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Join us for this week's episode "The Shaggy Dog" (1959). We talk anti- science dad's, french chicks, animal magnetism, allergies, espionage and why you never let a kid tell stories for you. Does this movie have us wagging our tails or are we barking mad? Find out now.

Storyline : Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery....

Directors: Charles Barton

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, and Kevin Corcoran.

Awards: Director's Guild of America Nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Film

Film Budget: Under $1 Million

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: Unknown - opening weekend was at least $9.8 Million


There was truly only one song in this entire film. The Shaggy Dog theme song.



You Can Teach an Old Dog New Trivia Facts.

  1. Film debut of Annette Funicello and Roberta Shore.

  2. This is believed to be the first Disney feature to be colorized. It was first colorized in the 1980s for presentation on television. For this reason, a color version was available only in a pan-and scan format that had been edited to fit into a two-hour time slot. A second superior computer colored version was produced in 2006.

  3. The first of six Walt Disney films starring Fred MacMurray.

  4. This fluffy Disney comedy became a surprise hit and was the second highest grossing film of 1959, exceeded only by "Ben-Hur" (1959). Its boxoffice take surpassed such classics as Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," "Pillow Talk" and Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest."

  5. Gregory Peck was the second choice for the role of Wilson Daniels.


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