Charley and the Angel

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  • G
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.0  (629)

Charley and the Angel is a family comedy film released in 1973, directed by Vincent McEveety and produced by Walt Disney Productions. It stars the iconic actor Fred MacMurray as Charley Appleby, a hard-working farmer who's trying to make ends meet and support his family. The story follows Charley, who is in a tight financial situation, struggling to pay his bills and debts. His wife, Nettie Appleby (Cloris Leachman), concerns for their financial situation and tries to make ends meet by working at a grocery store. One day, Charley is on his way to the bank to get a loan, hoping it would save his farm from foreclosure when he meets an angel named Amos (Harry Morgan) who tells him he has been sent by God to help Charley.

Initially skeptical of the angel, Charley soon learns that Amos is for real and can communicate with the almighty himself. Amos offers to help Charley's financial problems, but only on one condition - Charley must keep the angel's identity a secret and do everything he asks him to do.

Charley, clearly desperate to save his farm, accepts Amos' offer and is quickly thrust into a series of surreal, comical situations. He has to do things that are completely out of character for him, which result in a series of hilariously unpredictable events. Charley's attempts to keep the angel's identity a secret often result in humorous situations, including a race against time to hide Amos from the nosy landlord, police, and other people who want to know what's going on.

The movie features many comedic moments, all brought to life by the talents of Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, and Harry Morgan. MacMurray, a well-known actor at the time, played the quintessential 1970s family man, delivering his lines in a way that made audiences relate to his character. Leachman played his supportive, loving wife, and together, they had great on-screen chemistry. Harry Morgan was a delight as the kind-hearted Amos, providing much of the film's humor and a little heart.

The film's plot is predictable, and some of the jokes are corny, but the performances from the cast make up for it. The humor is light-hearted and wholesome, suitable for viewers of all ages. Charley and the Angel is a heartwarming tale of the power of belief and faith, told through the comical story of a struggling farmer and a heavenly angel. The film's message is clear: with faith, anything is possible, and no challenge is too big to overcome.

The film's soundtrack features original music, which was a standard for Disney movies at the time. The score, composed by Buddy Baker, adds to the movie's light and whimsical tone.

Overall, Charley and the Angel is a fun, lighthearted, feel-good comedy that the whole family can enjoy. The performances of Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, and Harry Morgan are the highlights of the movie, as they deliver the film's humor and heart. While Charley and the Angel is not a cinematic masterpiece, it's an enjoyable piece of nostalgia and a testament to the simple, wholesome entertainment that Disney is known for.

Charley and the Angel is a 1973 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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  • Release Date
    1973
  • MPAA Rating
    G
  • Runtime
    1 hr 33 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (629)