The Happiest Millionaire

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Happiest Millionaire (1967 Movie)

“The Happiest Millionaire” is a musical film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1967. Directed by Norman Tokar, the film is based on the play “The Happiest Millionaire” by Kyle Crichton, which was inspired by the life of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle.

The story is set in 1916 and follows the eccentric and wealthy Philadelphia businessman Anthony J. Drexel Biddle (played by Fred MacMurray). Biddle is a jovial and exuberant man with a passion for animals, boxing, and the fine arts. He lives in a luxurious mansion with his wife Cordy (played by Greer Garson) and their large household, which includes their daughter Cordy Jr. (played by Lesley Ann Warren) and their Irish butler John Lawless (played by Tommy Steele).

The plot revolves around the events that unfold when Anthony invites a young Irish immigrant, Angie Duke (played by John Davidson), to work at his mansion. Angie, an aspiring boxer and athlete, becomes involved in the Biddle household’s antics and eventually falls in love with Cordy Jr. However, their romance faces challenges as they come from different social backgrounds.

The film features a series of musical numbers with catchy and spirited songs composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who are known for their work on other Disney classics like “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book.”

“The Happiest Millionaire” is a delightful and heartwarming musical that showcases the charm of the Biddle family and their colorful interactions with the people in their lives. The film offers a glimpse into the life of the upper class during the early 20th century and celebrates the power of love and acceptance across social boundaries.

While the film received generally positive reviews, it did not perform as well as other Disney films of the time. Nevertheless, it has gained a devoted following over the years, particularly among Disney enthusiasts and fans of classic musicals.

Today, “The Happiest Millionaire” is remembered as a lesser-known gem in Disney’s live-action filmography. Its vibrant musical numbers, charismatic performances, and endearing story make it a joyful and nostalgic watch for audiences of all ages. It remains a charming example of Disney’s ability to create heartwarming and entertaining family films that stand the test of time.

Fun Facts

  • “The Happiest Millionaire” is a Disney musical film released in 1967. It is based on the real-life story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle and his family.
  • The film marked several notable firsts for Disney. It was the last live-action musical released by Walt Disney himself before his passing in 1966. Additionally, it was the first Disney film to receive a G rating from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).
  • One of the memorable songs from the movie is “Fortuosity,” performed by Tommy Steele, who plays the character of John Lawless. The song became a popular and upbeat musical number, adding to the film’s charm.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1967
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $5 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Fred MacMurray: Father
  • Greer Garson: Mother
  • Gladys Cooper: Aunt Mary
  • Geraldine Page: Mrs. Duke
  • Tommy Steele: John Lawless
  • Hermione Baddeley: Mrs. Worth
  • John Davidson: Angie
  • Lesley Ann Warren: Cordy
  • Paul Petersen: Tony
  • Eddie Hodges: Livingston
  • Joyce Bulifant: Rosemary
  • Sean McClory: Police Sgt.
  • Jim McMullan: Lt. Powell
  • William Wellman, Jr.: Lt. Grayson
  • Aron Kincaid: Walter Blakely
  • Larry Merrill: Charlie Taylor
  • Frances Robinson: Aunt Gladys


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Bill Anderson
  • Music: Jack Elliott

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