The Love Bug

There are formulas that work in movies. Walt Disney was always looking for the next hit. “The Love Bug” is a family film that carries its own weight off the race track!
the_love_bug_poster_1-1-9962055Title: The Love Bug
Number of times I’ve seen it:┬áProbably a dozen
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G
Year: 1969
Director: George A. Romero
Top Billed Cast: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson
Brief Synopsis: A washed up race car driver returns with the help of a supernatural VW.

I remember the warm feeling I had seeing this in the theater around 1977. It is a 1969 release that played over and over for years in theaters, always selling plentiful tickets. Who can resist when Herbie honks his horn and saves the scene. The actors are top notch as well. It’s no wonder there were so many sequels. “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” is another one I enjoyed in my youth. The cliche “They don’t make them like they used to” comes to mind. I had fun watching this most recently at age 46: the same age of the movie!

2 Replies to “The Love Bug”

  1. Wow, did this bring back some memories! This and the first Herbie sequel (the one with Helen Hayes) were films I grew up on as a kid. Love the old Disney films from back in the day when David Tomlinson and Keenan Wynn were in pretty much all of them!

    1. Awesome Carl. They were a part of my youth as well. A local twin theater used to run the Love Bug and a few other films like it year round.

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