Serenbe Film's March Daisy Movie Night on Saturday March 18th at 8pm will be a screening of Don Knotts' The Incredible Mr. Limpet.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet is an American live-action/animated adventure film from Warner Bros. which premiered on January 20, 1964 in Spring Hill, Florida. It was the world's first underwater premier, and predates the subsequent live-action/animated feature, Mary Poppins (released August 27, 1964). The film is about a man named Henry Limpet, who turns into a talking fish resembling a tilefish and helps the U.S. Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines. Don Knotts plays the title character.
The live action was directed by Arthur Lubin, who directed several of the Abbott and Costello movies, Francis the Talking Mule series, and created the TV series Mister Ed. A prominent director for Universal Pictures in the 1940s and 1950s, he is perhaps best known today as the man who gave Clint Eastwood his first contract in film.
Animation was directed by Bill Tytla, Robert McKimson, Hawley Pratt, and Gerry Chiniquy. Music includes songs by Sammy Fain, in collaboration with Harold Adamson, including "I Wish I Were a Fish," "Be Careful How You Wish," and "Deep Rapture."
Both Don Knotts and Elizabeth MacRae (Limpet and Ladyfish) were employed in Andy Griffith's Mayberry franchises, respectively as deputy Barney Fife and Lou-Ann Poovie, Gomer Pyle's girlfriend in the later seasons of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
During World War I and World War II, there was a mine known as a limpet, a type of naval mine attached to a target by magnets named because of their superficial similarity to the limpet, a type of mollusk. "Das Limpet" was the German Navy's identification of Don Knott's character.
The USS Alfred A. Cunningham was the naval ship featured in this film. Another ship used in filming was the USS Galveston (CG-3), which was referred to as the USS Los Angeles in the film. The Los Angeles was offered for use at the time of pre-production planning, but was decommissioned in the fall of 1963, before principal filming began.
• Don Knotts as Henry Limpet
• Carole Cook as Bessie Limpet
• Jack Weston as Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (PO2) George Stickle
• Andrew Duggan as Harlock
• Larry Keating as Admiral P.P. Spewter
• Oscar Beregi, Jr. as Nazi admiral
• Charles Meredith as Fleet Admiral
• Elizabeth MacRae as Ladyfish (voice)
• Paul Frees as Crusty (voice)
This delightful action/adventure movie is suitable for younger children, and adults who love WW2 history will thoroughly enjoy it as well!
Join Serenbe Film on Saturday March 18th at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop in Serenbe for a simple and delicious dinner at 8:00, then at 8:30pm the film will start! Come learn about the film's background, play a movie trivia game (with prize!), and enjoy some wonderful fellowship and community fun!
The film series is a free-will donation at the door ($5?, $10?, whatever you can...it's all for a great cause!)
Sign up online to make your free-will donation, which will ensure your seats. We only have room for 40-45 people, so sign up early, and make sure to tell us how many in your party too! And be sure to brush up on your Don Knotts trivia to be ready for the game!
Information compiled and edited by Serenbe Film from sources including: Wikipedia, IMBD, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Rotten Tomatoes, Directors Guild of America, and others.