The Great Rupert

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The Great Rupert
The Great Rupert.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Irving Pichel
Produced by George Pal
Written by Ted Allen (story)
László Vadnay
Starring Jimmy Durante
Terry Moore
Tom Drake
Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Duke Goldstone
Distributed by Eagle-Lion
Release dates
  • March 1, 1950 (1950-03-01)
Running time 87 minutes
Language English

The Great Rupert, is a 1950 comedy family film, produced by George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel and starring Jimmy Durante, Tom Drake and Terry Moore. It is based on a story, written by Ted Allan, which has also been published as a children's book under the title "Willie the Squowse".[1]


The story revolves around a little animated squirrel who, with lots of charm, accidentally helps two economically distressed families overcome their obstacles.



George Pal's stop-motion animation used in creating the illusion of a dancing squirrel (Rupert) was so realistic that he received many inquiries as to where he located a trained squirrel.

In 1999, Arnold Leibovit Entertainment re-released the film on DVD.

In 2003, 20th Century Fox and Legend Films revived the (now) public domain film with a colorized special edition of the film, under the title A Christmas Wish. For that release, Terry Moore provided an audio commentary track.

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