Ugly Dachshund

Ugly Dachshund

5.0 3
Director: Norman Tokar

Cast: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charlie Ruggles

     
 

Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette star in this Walt Disney family comedy as Mark and Fran Garrison, a dog-loving couple with different tastes in canines. When their dachshund gives birth to puppies, kindly veterinarian Dr. Pruitt (Charlie Ruggles) convinces Mark to take a Great Dane puppy home with him. The Great Dane, named Brutus, grows up with the tiny pups… See more details below

Overview

Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette star in this Walt Disney family comedy as Mark and Fran Garrison, a dog-loving couple with different tastes in canines. When their dachshund gives birth to puppies, kindly veterinarian Dr. Pruitt (Charlie Ruggles) convinces Mark to take a Great Dane puppy home with him. The Great Dane, named Brutus, grows up with the tiny pups convinced that he's also a dachshund. Brutus's confused identity sets the stage for a number of mildly comic bits -- he chases policemen up trees, destroys Mark's studio, and ruins a garden party. Fran finally tells Mark that Brutus has to go, but changes her tune when Brutus saves Fran's favorite dachshund puppy, Chloe, from a scrap heap. When Fran announces that she is entering Chloe in a dog show, Mark secretly enters Brutus in the same contest in an effort to convince Brutus to think like a Great Dane.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An agreeable, if decidedly minor, little film, The Ugly Dachshund is good family viewing, especially for those families with a marked fondness for dogs. Although Dachshund is rather typical of Disney's live action comedies of the 1960s, it doesn't stand up quite as well as most of them. This is primarily due to weaknesses in the script. Most of the other Disney live action films from this period have plenty of script flaws as well, but their plotting tends to be tighter than Dachshund's. Here, the incidents really seem to be just strung together, rather than being logically placed and paced in the service of a bigger story; it just doesn't come together the way it's intended to. That said, the many set pieces work very well on their own, most notably a memorably chaotic garden party sequence that is genuinely funny. Norman Tokar directs with an eye on the obvious, but it works with this material. Dean Jones does his usual frustrated, flummoxed good guy put into a difficult situation and does it well. Even better is Suzanne Pleshette, giving far more than is required of her and looking quite sensational into the bargain. Dachshund sags occasionally, but it's an agreeable enough little film.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2004
UPC:
0786936234305
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
6,596

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disney's Dog Stars; The Faces of Mako; Theatrical trailer; French language track; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Widescreen (1.75:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Jones Mark Garrison
Suzanne Pleshette Fran Garrison
Charlie Ruggles Dr. Pruitt
Kelly Thordsen Officer Carmody
Parley Baer Mel Chadwick
Robert Kino Mr. Toyama
Mako Kenji
Charles Lane Judge
Gil Lamb Milkman
Hal Smith Actor
Dick Wessel Garbageman

Technical Credits
Norman Tokar Director
George Bruns Score Composer
Gertrude Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Marvin Aubrey Davis Art Director
Walt Disney Producer
Winston Hibler Co-producer
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
William R. Koehler Consultant/advisor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Tom Leetch Asst. Director
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Pat McNalley Makeup
Glenn H. Randall Consultant/advisor
Robert Stafford Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [9:02]
2. Names for the Puppies [8:58]
3. He's Growing [12:07]
4. Playing With Yarn [6:15]
5. Bad Dog [8:37]
6. The Chase [8:10]
7. Mr. Toyama [5:25]
8. That's My Bone [8:50]
9. Brutus the Hero [9:04]
10. Make a Fine Show Dog [9:34]
11. The Judging [7:10]
12. End Credits [:11]

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