Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World

Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World is the title character of a British children's fantasy-adventure comedy film released in 1973 starring Jim Dale, and directed by Joseph McGrath.[1] A large supporting cast of British movie stalwarts includes Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas, Norman Rossington, Milo O'Shea, Dinsdale Landen and Victor Spinetti.[2] The production included composer Edwin Astley and cinematographer Harry Waxman.[1] The film was based on the novel The Biggest Dog in the World by Ted Key.[3]

Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
Directed byJoseph McGrath
Produced byWalter Shenson
Written byCharles Isaacs
Ted Key (novel)
Michael Pertwee
StarringJim Dale
Angela Douglas
Spike Milligan
Narrated byTed Key
Music byEdwin Astley
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byJim Connock
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox (UK)
Cinerama Releasing Corporation (US)
Release date
Running time
88 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film starred Fernville Lord Digby in the title role. Digby was then the reigning Dulux Old English Sheepdog; the company using the breed since 1961 in their advertisements that led to the breed's popularity around the world.[4]


An Old English Sheepdog accidentally drinks a liquid growth formula (a form of experimental fertilizer) and expands to gigantic proportions. Two criminals steal Digby and sell him to a circus. Digby later escapes and roams across the countryside of the United Kingdom. The boy who owns Digby, as well as the scientist who worked on the growth formula, both realize that Digby is still growing and will cause enormous damage unless something is done immediately. The scientist finds out he has created a chemical that might reverse the growth formula. The British military, however, aims to solve the problem of the oversized sheepdog in their own way: by use of bombs and artillery.



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