THE SHAGGY DOG (Theatrical Release USA 1959)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

The Shaggy Dog—okay, cute entertainment—works a simple, trite story theme of animal transmutation. The acting is good/fair. The presentation is good. It’s a light entertainment piece that may hold a child’s imagination, but does not serve the adult as well. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


Shape-shifting and the old Borgia curse get an examination as a young boy gets shape-shifted into a dog. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Charles Barton for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Walt Disney and Bill Walsh for making the film possible. Cast includes: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Cecil Kellaway, Alexander Scourby, James Westerfield, and Jacques Aubuchon. 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It’s a trite story of animal transformation. Nothing new here. It performs as a light piece of  okay entertainment to run in the background while the viewer is doing other activities.  It is a clean movie with no surprises and does not require a great deal of parental alertness for the child’s watch.

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Ben Meyers 

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