Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Lazy Sunday Afternoon Movie: SNOWBALL EXPRESS(1972) ""

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Movie: SNOWBALL EXPRESS(1972)

From the opening Jew's harp laden strains of the score to this film, you know it's gonna be a hoot...of sorts. My fandom for Dean Jones goes way back. Like a lotta folks, I first saw him in Disney's THE LOVE BUG. He's an affable, functional actor. He did a ton of films for Disney in the 60s and 70s, so chances are if you were renting videos in the early 80s you probably saw him in something. This particular Disney/Jones joint had eluded me for some reason until it popped up on a list contributed to my blog by the wonderful Mr. Marc Edward Heuck:

Here, Jones plays a somewhat schlubby father of two, working for an insurance company at a lowly desk job in NYC. Jones' boss (Dick Van Patten) doesn't approve of his tardiness, but no matter, as Larry Tate from Bewitched(David White) has some great news for him. He has just inherited The Grand Imperial Hotel in Silver Hills, Colorado which rakes in $14,000 a month! So naturally Jones has gotta pack up his wife(Nancy Olson from SUNSET BLVD) and kids(son played by Jody from Family Affair) and move em out west! When they arrive of course the MONEY PIT scenario takes over. The one thing this movie could have used is a "Put One Foot in Front of the Other" style REVENGE OF THE NERDS fixing-the-place-up montage(but then I think even CITIZEN KANE could be improved by such a sequence). Disney(& M.A.S.H.) regular Harry Morgan makes a nice showing as a squatter and Keenan Wynn plays the Mr. Potter role. In a nutshell, this is your standard Disney family-of-underdogs-trying-to-turn-a-broken-down-hotel-into-a-cozy-ski-lodge story.


Robert M. Lindsey said...

We watched this not to long ago. Earlier this year, so really, not too long ago. It was OK in that live-action Disney way, some places needed tightening up and a few places needed... something, but it was an ok way to spend a cold afternoon.

Laura said...

I have fond memories of this one as my Grandpa took me to see it a couple times when I was little. Caught up with it again a few months ago -- not a great film but I enjoyed it. :)

Best wishes,

Tommy Ross said...

kinda of expecting the same thing but looks interesting especially for the locations, also want to say thanks Rupert for your great blog, I've already enjoyed and added about 7 different titles to my collection this last month all from stuff i found out about on your blog...thanks again!!

Rupert Pupkin said...

Keep your expectations on the lower end of the spectrum with this one!
And that's fantastic that my blog has turned onto that many films already! Warms my heart!