The Shaggy D.A. (1976)


“Did you hear what I said?” – Wilby Daniels

“Yes, I did. And we’re just going to pretend that you never said it.” – Betty Daniels

Number of Times Seen – At least three times (cable in the 80’s and 2 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A successful lawyer decides to run for office as a District Attorney, but an old curse from his youth comes back to haunt him when the ring that is able to transform him into a dog reappears.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw a few times as a kid and enjoyed it, but the story itself doesn’t manage to hold up for someone looking for even the small about of intellect in such a film.

This sequel doesn’t manage to add anything to the original story from 17 years earlier and fails to really work since it constantly contradicts itself and is filled with much too many plot holes along the way.

Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette are both pretty good in the lead roles and are able to help keep the story fun even if it is a bit wacky.

Tim Conway and Keenan Wynn also add much humor to thing even if it isn’t overly laughable the entire time.

Great seeing Dick Van Patten in an important supporting role that is quite different from his most popular role as the father on Eight is Enough.

The most memorable and funniest scene of the film is obviously the pie fight and that helps keep things somewhat enjoyable.

The rest of the plot is quite silly and fails to make a whole lot of sense which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Pretty silly sequel that doesn’t really add much to the previous film’s premise and doesn’t work so well overall because it contradicts itself too many times along the way. Jones and Pleshette are fine together and keep things fun especially when they encounter Conway and Wynn’s characters.  The pie fight is the bets scene in the film and is by far the most memorable since most of this film just doesn’t make enough sense as it moves along.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In addition to a basset hound which sounds like Humphrey Bogart, the other animal shelter scene features dogs whose “additional voice characterizations” were impressions of James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Peter Lorre and Mae West. The voices were provided by impressionist George Kirby. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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