Dick Van Dyke is ‘Fitzwilly’

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Claud R. Fitzwilliam (Dick Van Dyke) is a butler to an old and lovely woman. His family had been butlers and he is continuing that tradition. Fitzwilly, as he is known, is kind and always looking out for his boss Miss Vicki (Edith Evans). She loves giving money away to almost any charity. But what she does not know is that she is broke. Well not in the traditional sense in that she does have the funds, but they have been obtained illegally by Fitzwilly and the staff in order to cover her donations.

Fitzwilly heads this group of con artists who plot and scheme to acquire the money to cover what Miss Vicki has given away. They are clever in their planning and do not go overboard. Their main reason for stealing is to keep Miss Vicki in the lifestyle she has always known, and that includes giving money away all the time.

When Miss Vicki hires a secretary to help her write a new kind of dictionary, things start to unravel. Juliet (Barbara Felton) is nosey and always asking questions. She and Fitzwilly form a friendship, and he hopes that is enough to keep Juliet out of his hair when it comes to their plots.

This is a whacky story but Van Dyke is adorable as the mastermind of the group trying to keep all the balls in the air. After all, his allegiance is to Miss Vicki and he would never do anything to hurt her.

Fitzwilly is now available on Blu-ray. This 1967 comedy is crazy and madcap. It’s not Van Dyke’s best film but he is his regular lovable self as Fitzwilly.

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