Fitzwilly

Fitzwilly

Director: Delbert Mann

Cast: Delbert Mann, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, Edith Evans

     
 

When an aging philanthropist falls on hard times, her butler starts to rob the rich so that she can keep on giving to the poor in this comedy. Claude Fitzwilliam (Dick Van Dyke), known to his friends as "Fitzwilly," works as a butler for Victoria Woodworth (Edith Evans), who -- ever since the death of her husband -- has been using her inheritance to benefit her… See more details below

Overview

When an aging philanthropist falls on hard times, her butler starts to rob the rich so that she can keep on giving to the poor in this comedy. Claude Fitzwilliam (Dick Van Dyke), known to his friends as "Fitzwilly," works as a butler for Victoria Woodworth (Edith Evans), who -- ever since the death of her husband -- has been using her inheritance to benefit her favorite charitable causes. However, no one has the heart to tell Mrs. Woodworth that she doesn't have much money left, and to compensate for the shortfall brought on by her philanthropy, Fitzwilly and his fellow domestics have been pulling a series of robberies at department stores. When Mrs. Woodworth gets the idea of compiling "A Dictionary for Dopes," which indexes phonetic spellings of commonly misspelled words, she hires Juliet Nowell (Barbara Feldon) to help on the project as a secretary. Juliet senses that there's something fishy about Fitzwilly, especially when she finds out that he has a college education but earns a meager salary as a butler, and she imagines the worst when she finds out about his criminal activities. Watch for Sam Waterston in a small role; this was his first film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Outside of Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke had little luck in finding big screen vehicles that showed him off to his best advantage. Fitzwilly is one of his better outings, a high concept production that benefits from excellent casting in both leading and supporting roles. Although Van Dyke has opportunities to demonstrate his trademark physical comedy, most of Fitzwilly calls upon his other comedic talents, including his sharp sense of timing and the endearingly unconvincing manner in which he tries to cover his tracks. The actor's considerable charm is also on display, and he has a delightful rapport with co-star Barbara Feldon, who has a plentiful supply of charm of her own -- which helps to overcome the "heavy" role her character is called upon to play at times. Edith Evans is lovable, John McGiver is droll, and Cecil Kellaway is affable in their supporting roles. Isobel Lennart's screenplay emphasizes fairly dry humor, which has its benefits, but the lack of consistent laughs works against the film's tendency toward "fluff." Matters are not helped by sluggish direction; the final caper in Gimbel's is handled very well and pays off big, but overall the dullness of the direction mitigates much of Fitzwilly's charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2011
UPC:
0883904219323
Original Release:
1967
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
26,407

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Van Dyke Fitzwilliam
Barbara Feldon Juliet Nowell
Edith Evans Victoria Woodworth
John McGiver Albert
Harry Townes Mr. Nowell
John Fiedler Mr. Dunne
Norman Fell Oberblatz
Cecil Kellaway Buckmaster
Stephen Strimpell Byron Casey
Anne Seymour Grimsby
Helen Kleeb Mrs. Mortimer
Sam Waterston Oliver
Paul Reed Prettikin
Laurence Naismith Cotty
Billy Halop Restaurant Owner
Noam Pitlik Charles
Nelson Olmsted Simmons
Albert Carrier Pierre
Anthony Eustrel Garland
Karen Norris Kitty
Patience Cleveland Dolly
Lew Brown Frank
Monroe Arnold Goldfarb
Bob Williams Ryan

Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Songwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Walter Mirisch Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Ralph Winters Editor

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