Incredible Mr. Limpet

Incredible Mr. Limpet

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Director: Arthur Lubin

Cast: Arthur Lubin, Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston

     
 

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Arthur Lubin directs Don Knotts in the comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and FrenchSee more details below

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Arthur Lubin directs Don Knotts in the comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an introduction by Don Knotts, a documentary from the time of the film's original release, the theatrical trailer, and additional DVD-ROM extras. This is a solid disc from Warner Brothers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), one of the finest family fish stories ever produced in Hollywood, was Don Knotts's breakthrough to big-screen stardom after he made a name for himself as a regular on the Andy Griffith Show. Today, Limpet's a delight for its effective mixing of animation and live-action scenes into a coherent whole. The story casts Knotts as Henry Limpet, a bespectacled Brooklyn bookkeeper whose various physical shortcomings render him ineligible for the army, just as America's imminent entry into WWII is igniting patriotic fervor across the land. Furthering Henry's diminished sense of self worth is the bond between his brassy bride Bessie (Carole Cook) and best buddy George (Jack Weston) -- a sailor who seems a much better match for Bessie from the get-go. Soon after lamenting to his pet fish, "I wish I were a fish," Henry falls off a Coney Island pier and gets his wish. And what a fish: Henry retains his human intellect, and possesses a unique underwater roar (more a thrummm, actually) that enables him to help locate and destroy Nazi U-boats. Along for this heroic ride are such revered character actors as Andrew Duggan and Larry Keating as the officers who press Limpet into duty, while voice-acting giant Paul Frees (Boris Badenov) delivers some juicy lines as Henry's undersea buddy, Crusty the Crustacean. The Incredible Mr. Limpet falls somewhere between a curio and a classic; under the charming spell of the DVD's gorgeous image, it's tempting to make the case for the latter.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Generally dismissed upon its initial release, The Incredible Mr. Limpet has grown in stature over the years, in large part due to the fondness its original target audience felt for it as they grew older. It's no classic -- not even of the "cult" variety, for its childlike qualities work against it -- but it's immensely enjoyable, especially for those who are willing to accept many of its technical limitations as par for the course in 1964. Chief among those limitations is a mixture of live action and animation that is often far from seamless. On its own terms, the animation is not top drawer, but it's more than adequate, and the vivid palette employed is striking. (That same palette also invades the live action segments, making the transition to animation somewhat less jarring.) The script has an interesting plot, even if it tries to cover a bit too much ground, and the character of George is actually pretty complex for this kind of venture. While some may feel cheated that there is no explanation for Limpet's transformation, and others may feel disturbed by the fact that he never changes back into a human, both of these elements contribute to the film's uniqueness. Don Knotts turns in one of his best film performances, although his jittery mannerisms are an acquired taste. Jack Weston makes George both appealing and a bit offputting, and Carole Cook has some touching moments when she learns of her husband's predicament. Limpet drags a little in a few places, but overall it's sweet, amusing and pleasantly odd.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0085392278527
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new introduction by Don Knotts ; Vintage documentary Weekend at Weeki Wachee; Henry Limpet's Fishtank; Get In The Swim with Henry Challenge; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Espanol; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; DVD-ROM features:; Operation: Limpet, Depth Charge, Limpet Scrimmage, Submarine and Torpedos Away!; Website links and future web-based events access.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Knotts Henry Limpet
Carole Cook Bessie Limpet
Jack Weston Lt. George Stickle
Andrew Duggan Adm. Harlock
Larry Keating Adm. Spewter
Oscar Beregi Adm. Doemitz
Paul H. Frees Crusty
Elizabeth MacRae Ladyfish
Charles Meredith Adm. Fourstar

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Rose Brawd Costumes/Costume Designer
Jameson Brewer Screenwriter
Gerry Chiniquy Special Effects
LeRoy G. Deane Art Director
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Robert McKimson Special Effects
Joe di Mona Screenwriter
Maurice Noble Special Effects
Frank Perkins Score Composer
Donald A. Peters Special Effects
Hawley Pratt Special Effects
Robert Richards Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Rose Producer,Screenwriter
John C. Rose Producer,Screenwriter
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
Donald Tait Editor
Vladimir Tytla Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard Version
1. Credits [2:06]
2. Top Secret File [2:50]
3. "Everybody Can't Be A Hero" [4:12]
4. George For Dinner [1:49]
5. His Fish World [3:21]
6. I Wish I Were a Fish [2:03]
7. Loose Lips Sink Subways [2:08]
8. Limpet Overboard [3:00]
9. Fish With Glasses [2:19]
10. Be Careful How You Wish [2:28]
11. Perils-and a Pal [4:57]
12. Unique Specimen [3:17]
13. Ladyfish [3:09]
14. Deep Rapture [2:52]
15. A Nazi Sub [3:15]
16. War! [1:42]
17. Helped to a Direct Hit [3:30]
18. Bring Me Stickie [4:05]
19. Sounds Familiar [3:57]
20. Face To Fin [4:26]
21. Secret Weapon Activated [3:45]
22. Driving the Nazis Nuts [3:12]
23. Lt. Henry Limpet [5:01]
24. Fisht to Bessie [2:19]
25. Super Doodle Dandy [2:58]
26. To Henry's Rescue [5:30]
27. Topredos Rerouted [5:47]
28. Back to Ladyfish [2:15]
29. Coney Island Farewell [3:56]
30. Thank You, Henry Limpet [1:38]
31. End Credits [1:04]
Side #2 -- Widescreen Version
1. Credits [2:06]
2. Top Secret File [2:50]
3. "Everybody Can't Be A Hero" [4:12]
4. George For Dinner [1:49]
5. His Fish World [3:21]
6. I Wish I Were a Fish [2:03]
7. Loose Lips Sink Subways [2:08]
8. Limpet Overboard [3:00]
9. Fish With Glasses [2:19]
10. Be Careful How You Wish [2:28]
11. Perils-and a Pal [4:57]
12. Unique Specimen [3:17]
13. Ladyfish [3:09]
14. Deep Rapture [2:52]
15. A Nazi Sub [3:15]
16. War! [1:42]
17. Helped to a Direct Hit [3:30]
18. Bring Me Stickie [4:05]
19. Sounds Familiar [3:57]
20. Face To Fin [4:26]
21. Secret Weapon Activated [3:45]
22. Driving the Nazis Nuts [3:12]
23. Lt. Henry Limpet [5:01]
24. Fisht to Bessie [2:19]
25. Super Doodle Dandy [2:58]
26. To Henry's Rescue [5:30]
27. Topredos Rerouted [5:47]
28. Back to Ladyfish [2:15]
29. Coney Island Farewell [3:56]
30. Thank You, Henry Limpet [1:38]
31. End Credits [1:04]

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