‘Dr. Dolittle’ (1967)
Long before Eddie Murphy got his hands on the franchise, “Dr. Dolittle” was one of the most infamous bombs in not just movie musical history, but all of cinema. Film historian Leonard Maltin summed up the 1967 release succinctly as a “colossal dud.” "The movie has one merit,” he wrote. “If you have unruly children, it may put them to sleep." Terrible reviews and poor ticket sales (the film recouped barely half its budget) were blamed on the musical’s unexceptional score and the uninspired acting of lead Rex Harrison, who was reported to be such an uncooperative a terror during filming that he was temporarily replaced by Christopher Plummer. Perhaps they should have let him go.-Xfinity Entertainment Programmers
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