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The Gnome-Mobile [1967]

Director:Robert Stevenson
Writer:Ellis Kadison
Composer:Buddy Baker
Songs:Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
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Synopsis: An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes!

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Robert Stevenson => Director
Ellis Kadison => Writer
Buddy Baker => Composer
Richard M. Sherman => Songs
Robert B. Sherman => Songs
Upton Sinclair => Book
Cami Sebring => Violet
Charles Lane => Dr. Scoggins
Ed Wynn => Rufus
Ellen Corby => Etta Pettibone  (uncredited)
Ernestine Barrier => Nell (uncredited)
Frank Cady => Charlie Pettibone  (uncredited)
Gil Lamb => Gas Attendant
Jack Davis => Manson (uncredited)
Jerome Cowan => Dr. Ramsey
Karen Dotrice => Elizabeth Winthrop
Matthew Garber => Rodney Winthrop
Maudie Prickett => Katie Barrett
Norman Grabowski => Male Nurse
Parley Baer => The Owl (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Deacon => Ralph Yarby
Sean McClory => Horatio Quaxton
Tom Lowell => Jasper
Walter Brennan => D.J. Mulrooney / Knobby
William Fawcett => Chauffeur (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The title song, a.k.a. {The Gnome-Mobile Song}, was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. They were also the songwriters of the songs in Mary Poppins, which also featured Ed Wynn, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber.
  • Many of the same special effects used for this movie were also used in Disney's earlier film Darby O'Gill and the Little People.
  • Throughout his career, Walter Brennan approached roles in one of two ways: with teeth or without, as he had false teeth. In The Gnome-Mobile, he had it both ways: teeth in for D.J. Mulrooney, and teeth out for Knobby the gnome.
  • The set of the oversize back seat of the Rolls-Royce, along with the Rolls-Royce itself, are on display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners MI. The museum obtained the set due to the friendship between Walt Disney and the Gilmore family.
  • Ed Wynn's final film role. He died of throat cancer almost a year before the film was released, on June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Matthew Garber's final film role. He died of hemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis on June 13, 1977, at the age of 21, in Hampstead, London, England.