Mooch Goes to Hollywood

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Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Directed by Richard Erdman
Written by Jim Backus
Jerry Devine
Starring Vincent Price
James Darren
Jill St. John
Release date(s) 1971
Running time 55 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Mooch Goes to Hollywood is a 1971 television movie about an ambitious dog and her attempts to become a canine star after befriending Zsa Zsa Gabor, who provides the pooch with the skinny on the ins and outs of achieving Hollywood fame.[1] The 55-minute-long film was directed by Richard Erdman and co-written by Jim Backus, who also stars in the film as himself.

Mooch is played by Higgins the Dog (best known for his roles as "Dog" in the television series Petticoat Junction and as the title character in Benji). The picture is narrated by Richard Burton, who co-starred with Backus in the 1959 cinematic adaptation of Edna Ferber's Ice Palace.

A movie aimed primarily at pre-school children that likely will appeal to Baby Boomers due to its evocation of the entertainment world of their own youth, Mooch Goes to Hollywood features cameos from many of the top movie and television stars circa 1970 who appear as themselves, including Vincent Price, Jill St. John, Phyllis Diller, Sam Jaffe, Rose Marie, Dick Martin, Darren McGavin, Edward G. Robinson, Cesar Romero, and Mickey Rooney.

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