Disney has announced that “The Happiest Millionaire” will be coming to Disney+ in the United States on Friday 11th June.
The film is the story of “the happiest millionaire, ” nonconformist Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, and his unusual Philadephia family, seen through the eyes of their new to the U.S. Irish butler. The year is 1916, and in the busy household on Rittenhouse Square each of the family members has hopes and dreams. For Mr. Biddle it is strengthening the “Biddle Bible Class, ” campaigning for military preparedness, and caring for his prized alligators. For daughter Cordelia Biddle, it is first love with the wealthy Angie Duke, who is infatuated with the automobile. For Mrs. Biddle it is keeping order in the family despite frozen alligators, a wedding, confrontations with the Duke family, World War I, and comforting her husband when the children have left home.
This film was released in 1967 and was directed by Norman Tokar. It Stars Fred MacMurray (Anthony J. Drexel Biddle), Tommy Steele (John Lawless), Lesley Ann Warren (Cordelia Drexel Biddle). John Davidson (Angie Duke), Greer Garson (as Mrs. Biddle in her last feature film role), Geraldine Page (Mrs. Duke), Gladys Cooper (Aunt Mary), Hermione Baddeley (Mrs. Worth), Paul Petersen (Tony), Eddie Hodges (Liv), and Joyce Bulifant (Rosemary).
This was the Disney Studio’s most lavish and starry musical production since Mary Poppins.
The Sherman brothers, Richard and Robert, who have created many of the greatest Disney sones, wrote twelve songs for the film, including “I’ll Always Be Irish, ” “Detroit, ” “Fortuosity, ” “Watch Your Footwork, ” “Valentine Candy, ” “There Are Those, ” “Let’s Have A Drink On It, ” and “Strengthen The Dwelling.”
Are you looking forward to “The Happiest Millionaire” coming to Disney+?