Charley And The Angel

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Charley And The Angel (1973 Movie)

“Charley and the Angel” is a live-action Disney film released in 1973. Directed by Vincent McEveety, the movie is a heartwarming family comedy with a touch of fantasy.

The story revolves around Charley Appleby (played by Fred MacMurray), a workaholic father who neglects his family while focused on his job as a hardware store owner. One day, Charley has a chance encounter with an eccentric and mischievous angel named Roy Zerney (played by Harry Morgan). The angel decides to help Charley mend his ways and become a better father.

Roy Zerney appears before Charley and offers him a deal. He promises Charley that if he spends more time with his family and attends his son’s baseball games, he will receive a windfall in the form of a winning lottery ticket. Charley agrees, and the angel’s magical intervention leads to various comical situations and life lessons.

As Charley starts spending more time with his family, he gains a newfound appreciation for them and learns valuable lessons about the importance of love, family, and the true meaning of happiness.

“Charley and the Angel” combines elements of family drama, comedy, and fantasy to create an entertaining and heartwarming film suitable for all ages. The chemistry between Fred MacMurray and Harry Morgan brings a lot of humor to the story, making it an enjoyable watch for Disney fans.

Though not as well-known as some of Disney’s other live-action classics, “Charley and the Angel” has its charm and offers a positive message about the significance of family bonds and the joys of spending time together.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
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  • Awards: Nominated Golden Globe
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  • Fred MacMurray: Charley Appleby
  • Harry Morgan: The Angel (Roy Zerney)
  • Cloris Leachman: Nettie Appleby
  • Kathleen Cody: Leonora Appleby
  • Scott Kolden: Rupert Appleby
  • Vincent Van Patten: Willie Appleby
  • Kurt Russell: Ray Ferris
  • George Lindsey: Pete
  • Edward Andrews: Ernie
  • Mills Watson: Frankie Zuto
  • Richard Bakalyan: Buggs
  • Barbara Nichols: Sadie
  • Kelly Thordsen: Policeman
  • Liam Dunn: Sprague
  • Larry D. Mann: Felix
  • George O’Hanlon: Police Chief
  • Susan Tolsky: Miss Patridge
  • Ed Begley Jr.: Derwood Moseby
  • Christina Anderson: Susie
  • Roy Engel: Driver
  • Pat Delaney: Girl in Sadie’s Place
  • Robert Hastings: News Reporter
  • Jack Griffin: Policeman #2


  • Director: Vincent McEveety
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Paul J Smith and Buddy Baker

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.