The Shaggy D.A. (1976) starring Dean Jones, Tim Conway
Please note that this is not the remake starring Tim Allen. This is the sequel to the original 1976 movie, the Walt Disney classic starring Fred MacMurray.
Editorial Review of The Shaggy D.A. starring Dean Jones and Tim Conway, courtesy of Amazon.com
In this sequel to The Shaggy Dog, Wilby Daniels (Dean Jones) has grown up and married Suzanne Pleshette, and has a young son. When the family comes home to find the house cleaned out by “movers”–who Daniels knows are protected by the corrupt District Attorney John Slade (Keenan Wynn)–he decides to run against Slade in the next election. Meanwhile, hoodlums connected to the same crime syndicate get hold of the mystical ring that turns poor Daniels (via mid-’70s special effects) into Elwood, the dog owned by the local ice-cream vendor (Tim Conway).
Lots of chase scenes, a little roller derby action, and some cherry pie throwing complicate both Daniels’s bid for office and his quest to remain a human being. Kids will enjoy the last half of this 91-minute movie the most as Daniels spends most of the time in his dog persona and because his son becomes part of the plot to undo the bad guys. This G-rated feature is safe for all ages, but kids probably won’t sit through it until age 4 or 5. —Kimberly Heinrichs
Product Description of The Shaggy D.A. starring Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway
When teenager Wilby Daniels became a part-time canine in THE SHAGGY DOG, he didn’t realize that this condition would come back and “hound” him again in his adult years. In this side-splitting sequel, Wilby’s all grown up now, with a wife and son. Unfortunately, he’s still subject to a furry transformation every time the inscription on an ancient scarab ring is read aloud … not a comforting prospect when you’ve bounded into the public eye as a candidate for District Attorney!