Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

Richard Fleischer (1967)

U Certificate
Tuesday 11am - 1:55pm Film4


Our Score
Children will revel in this fun adventure based on Hugh Lofting's stories, but in its day it was an infamous and costly disaster that almost killed off 20th Century-Fox. Its longevity belies a thumpingly leaden affair, in which Rex Harrison is squeakily embarrassing as the dotty doc. There are some good tunes, including the Oscar-winning Talk to the Animals, and the special effects also won an Academy Award, but overall it is rather a bore - to adults, that is. Another curious example of a film that bombed at the box office in its day, but refuses to lie in its celluloid grave.


A Victorian veterinary surgeon is certified insane after developing the ability to talk to his patients in their own language. Undaunted, he manages to escape from the asylum and embarks on a quest to locate a rare aquatic snail. Oscar-winning musical comedy, with Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Richard Attenborough and Anthony Newley. Songs include Talk to the Animals and I've Never Seen Anything Like It.

Cast & Crew

Dr John Dolittle Rex Harrison
Emma Fairfax Samantha Eggar
Albert Blossom Richard Attenborough
Matthew Mugg Anthony Newley
Gen Bellowes Peter Bull
Tommy Stubbins William Dix
Sarah Dolittle Portia Nelson
Mrs Blossom Muriel Landers
Director Richard Fleischer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama Children's Music