The Biscuit Eater (1972 film)
The Biscuit Eater is a 1972 Walt Disney Productions film released by Buena Vista Distribution based on a short story of the same name by James H. Street. It is the last 'One Boy and his Animal' themed film made by Disney, as this subgenre eventually grew out of fashion. The 1972 film is a remake of a 1940 film starring Billy Lee as Lonnie.
|The Biscuit Eater|
|Directed by||Vincent McEveety|
|Produced by||Bill Anderson|
|Music by||Robert F. Brunner|
|Cinematography||Richard A. Kelley|
|Edited by||Ray de Leuw|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
The story revolves around a German Wirehaired Pointer named Moreover, who has a strong relationship with a red-headed boy named Lonnie (Johnny Whitaker) despite his mishaps. Moreover, is dealt to Willie Dorsey (Godfrey Cambridge), a gas station clerk, but Lonnie and his best friend Text regain possession of the dog. They train Moreover, to be a prize-winning bird pointer, entering him in a field trial.
The dog was considered untrainable by its first owner, Lonnie's veterinarian father due to its predilection to bite babies. However, the two twelve-year-old boys take the time to make Moreover, an excellent working example of his breed. Much to the chagrin of Lonnie's father, Lonnie and Text decide to enter Moreover, in the state championship field trial. Moreover, does well, and an incident makes the boys think that Lonnie's father (Earl Holliman) will lose his dog training job if his dog, last year's champion SilverBelle, loses to their dark horse entry.
It is a very little-known film, with availability restricted to the American Region 1 and German Region 2 DVDs. On November 12, 2019, Disney made The Biscuit Eater available for streaming as part of the launch line-up of its Disney+ service.
A review in Variety faulted a "weak screenplay" but found that Whitaker and Spell "display confidence and surety, and delineate clear characterizations that make almost plausible the sugary events." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "a fine Disney family film" with "a first-rate cast." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film one star out of four and asked, "What we want to know is, where in the world of space and time is 'The Biscuit Eater' supposed to take place? My preliminary guess is just outside of Never-Never Land sometime between 1850 and 1950 ... I acknowledge that the Disney people prefer to keep their films timeless to permit their perpetual release without being dated. But this time the temporal confusion is downright insulting."
- Alaxander, Julia (2019-10-14). "Disney+ launch lineup: every movie and TV show available to stream in the US on day one". The Verge. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- "Film Reviews: The Biscuit Eater". Variety. March 15, 1972. 6.
- Thomas, Kevin (March 24, 1972). "'Biscuit' Remake by Disney". Los Angeles Times. Part IV, p. 16.
- Siskel, Gene (June 27, 1972). "Biscuit Eater". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 4.