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Doctor Dolittle (1967) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Richard Fleischer and produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and Mort Abrahams.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Mario Chiari, Jack Martin Smith, Ed Graves; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, StuarNominated
Best CinematographyRobert SurteesNominated
Best Film EditingSamuel E. Beetley, Marjorie FowlerNominated
Best Music - ScoringLeslie BricusseNominated
Best Music - ScoringLionel Newman, Alexander CourageNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Leslie BricusseWon
Best PictureArthur P. Jacobs, ProducerNominated
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From the Archives: Doctor Dolittle ( 1967 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 12, 2020 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Rex Harrison performed with a number of different actresses throughout his long career but he probably never expected to act with this fine lady. In this scene from Doctor Dolittle ( 1967 ), Sophie is posing as a baby in order to be smuggled out of the circus so that the kindly doctor could return h... Read full article


Musical Monday: Doctor Dolittle (1967)

on Jan 13, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Doctor Dolittle (1967) ? Mus... Read full article


TV/Movie Set : Doctor Dolittle ( 1967 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 14, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

For this edition of TV/Movie sets we will be looking at the beautiful home of Dr. John Dolittle, known to his friends simply as Doctor Dolittle or "that maahvelous man". Rex Harrison was the titular star in the extravagant 1967 musical based on the children's classic by Hugh Dowling. Dolittle was on... Read full article


TV/Movie Set : Doctor Dolittle ( 1967 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 14, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

For this edition of TV/Movie sets we will be looking at the beautiful home of Dr. John Dolittle, known to his friends simply as Doctor Dolittle or "that maahvelous man". Rex Harrison was the titular star in the extravagant 1967 musical based on the children's classic by Hugh Dowling. Dolittle was on... Read full article


TV/Movie Set : Doctor Dolittle ( 1967 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 14, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

For this edition of TV/Movie sets we will be looking at the beautiful home of Dr. John Dolittle, known to his friends simply as Doctor Dolittle or "that maahvelous man". Rex Harrison was the titular star in the extravagant 1967 musical based on the children's classic by Hugh Dowling. Dolittle was on... Read full article


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Quotes from

Dr. Dolittle: [consulting a medical book] This fellow obviously knows what he's talking about.
Matthew: Who wrote the book, Doctor?
Dr. Dolittle: [suddenly realizing] Er... oh, *I* did.


Emma Fairfax: If I were his nephew instead of his niece...
Dr. Dolittle: If you were his nephew, you'd hardly be called Emma Fairfax.


Dr. Dolittle: [singing about why he's a vegetarian] I stay away from deviled ham on principle/I wouldn't eat roast duckling if I could/Willpower has made me invincible!/My word, those sausages look good...


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Facts about

In a massive attempt to influence AMPAS members at Oscar nomination time in 1968, 20th Century-Fox hosted several mammoth dinners for Academy members promoting the under-performing 'Dolittle' as a potential nominee. The strategy worked, netting the film seven nominations, including Best Picture, and the still-controversial Best Original Song win for "Talk to the Animals." Similar campaigns were launched for the studio's other musical failures, Star! and Hello, Dolly! with similar results.
John Huston was considered as director, but producer Arthur P. Jacobs nixed the idea. Vincente Minnelli and William Wyler were also considered but Minnelli was felt to be too "old fashioned" and Wyler's reputation for expensively shooting far too many takes of a scene eliminated them from the running.
Nine separate versions of the musical soundtrack were commissioned in several languages, with over a million copies pressed total. Almost none of them sold, which is why to this day the soundtrack turns up in many thrift stores and 99-cent "cut out" bins.
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