The Happiest MillionaireThe Happiest Millionaire
is a 1967 musical
film from The Walt Disney Company
, based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, played by Fred MacMurray
. His wife is played by Greer Garson
, his daughter by Lesley Ann Warren, and his daughter's beau by John Davidson. Also featured are Tommy Steele
in a prominent role as his butler, Gladys Cooper
as his mother, and Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Duke, the Davidson character's mother. The film was directed by Norman Tokar, and songs are by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The film received an Academy Award
nomination for Art Direction. It is said to be the last live-action film Walt Disney
personally supervised before his death.
The film was not a box-office success, and the studio was prompted to re-edit it to no avail. Luckily, the complete version of the film has since been restored and has surfaced on DVD.