Snowball Express

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Snowball Express (1972 Movie)

“Snowball Express” is a family comedy film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1972. Directed by Norman Tokar, the film stars Dean Jones as Johnny Baxter, a down-on-his-luck banker who inherits a dilapidated mountain hotel called the “Snowball Express” from his eccentric uncle.

The story begins with Johnny Baxter and his family, including his wife Sue (played by Nancy Olson) and two children, moving from the bustling city to the small town of Silver Hill, Colorado, to take ownership of the hotel. Upon arrival, they find the place in a state of disrepair, and the family quickly becomes aware of the challenges of running a mountain lodge in the snow-covered wilderness.

With determination and a sense of humor, the Baxter family embarks on an adventurous journey to turn the Snowball Express into a successful ski resort. Along the way, they encounter a series of misadventures, including a mix-up with the local mafia and a lovable St. Bernard named Ruffian, who becomes their loyal companion.

As they strive to make the hotel a success, Johnny and his family learn valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and the importance of family bonds. They also discover the true meaning of success and happiness, finding joy in the simple pleasures of life.

“Snowball Express” is a heartwarming and lighthearted family film that captures the spirit of adventure and the magic of Disney storytelling. It combines humor, action, and touching moments to entertain audiences of all ages.

The film features beautiful scenic shots of the Colorado mountains and offers a glimpse into the world of skiing and winter sports, making it visually captivating for viewers.

While “Snowball Express” may not be as well-known as some of Disney’s other films, it remains a beloved classic for those who enjoy wholesome family entertainment. It exemplifies the charm and warmth that Disney movies are known for, presenting a feel-good story that celebrates the importance of family, friendship, and embracing new challenges.

Overall, “Snowball Express” is a delightful and charming film that continues to bring joy to audiences, reminding us of the power of perseverance and the magic that comes from believing in oneself and the people we love.

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  • Year Released: 1972
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $6.1 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Dean Jones: Johnny Baxter
  • Nancy Olson: Sue Baxter
  • Harry Morgan: Jesse McCord
  • Keenan Wynn: Martin Ridgeway
  • Johnny Whitaker: Richard Baxter
  • Michael McGreevey: Wally Perkins
  • George Lindsey: Double L. Dingman
  • Kathleen Cody: Chris Baxter
  • Mary Wickes: Miss Wigginton
  • David White: Mr. Fowler
  • Dick Van Patten: Mr. Carruthers
  • Alice Backes: Miss Ogelvie
  • Joanna Phillips: Naomi Voight
  • John Myhers: Mr. Manescue


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producers: Ron Miller and Tom Leetch

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