Search a film or person :
Arthur J. Vitarelli is a Director American born on 21 april 1914

Arthur J. Vitarelli

Arthur J. Vitarelli
If you like this person, let us know!
Nationality USA
Birth 21 april 1914
Death 17 march 1996 (at 81 years)

Arthur J. Vitarelli (parfois Art Vitarelli) est un assistant réalisateur américain né le 21 avril 1914 à Yonkers (New York) et décédé le 17 mars 1996 à San Juan (Washington). Il a travaillé plusieurs années aux studios Disney.


En 1958, il rejoint le Studio Disney sur la production de la série Zorro et y poursuit sa carrière. Il occupe alors régulièrement le poste de réalisateur sur la seconde équipe de tournage. Il fait alors souvent équipe avec Robert A. Mattey sur des films avec des scènes d'éléments volants.

Pour expliquer l'utilisation de filin pour la scène du match de basket dans le film Monte là-d'ssus (1961), Vitarelli explique qu'il était danseur sur glace dans sa jeunesse et réalisait une scène en hauteur avec un filin de sécurité. C'est en se remémorant être resté suspendu à son filin lors d'une chute de ses partenaires que l'idée lui est venue.

Best films

Mary Poppins (1964)
The Love Bug (1968)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

Usually with

Bill Walsh
Bill Walsh
(8 films)
Emile Kuri
Emile Kuri
(14 films)
Robert O. Cook
Robert O. Cook
(12 films)
Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Arthur J. Vitarelli (23 films)

Display filmography as list


The Cat from Outer Space, 1h44
Directed by Norman Tokar, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about cats, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ronnie Schell, Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson
Rating59% 2.9991452.9991452.9991452.9991452.999145
An unidentified flying object makes an emergency landing on Earth and is taken into custody by the United States government. The occupant of the "flying saucer" turns out to be a strange cat-like alien named Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7. Since the Mother Ship cannot send a rescue party before it leaves the solar system, the cat sets about investigating how to repair the ship himself. Using a special collar that amplifies telekinetic and telepathic abilities, he follows the military to the Energy Research Laboratory (or E.R.L.), where they hope to learn how the UFO's power source works. One of the lab's scientists, Dr. Frank Wilson, attracts the cat's attention when his theory on the power source, while ridiculed by the rest of the staff, is actually on the right track.
Gus (1976)
, 1h36
Directed by Vincent McEveety, Arthur Alsberg, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, American football films, Children's films
Actors Don Knotts, Edward Asnere, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Timothy Brown, Harold Gould
Rating57% 2.853672.853672.853672.853672.85367
Gus is a film about a football-kicking mule ("Gus") and his trainer "Andy" (Gary Grimes).
The Island at the Top of the World, 1h34
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Cétacé, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the Viking Age, Steampunk films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Donald Sinden, David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako Iwamatsu, David Gwillim, Lasse Kolstad
Rating62% 3.1017253.1017253.1017253.1017253.101725
In London in the year 1907, a British aristocrat named Sir Anthony Ross (Donald Sinden) hastily arranges an expedition to the Arctic to search for his lost son Donald. Donald had become lost on a whaling expedition to find the fabled island where whales go to die.
The World's Greatest Athlete, 1h33
Directed by Robert Scheerer, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Athletics films, Children's films
Actors John Amos, Roscoe Lee Browne, Tim Conway, Dayle Haddon, Jan-Michael Vincent, Billy De Wolfe
Rating56% 2.800582.800582.800582.800582.80058
In a series of establishing shots, Sam Archer (Amos) and his assistant Milo Jackson (Conway) are depicted as coaches at the fictitious Merrivale College; their teams invariably lose. A series of plot coincidences sends the pair to Africa, where they catch sight with their Safari guide Morumba (Don Pedro Colley) of the Tarzan-like Nanu, who can outrun a cheetah in full bound.
Now You See Him, Now You Don't, 1h28
Directed by Robert Butler, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films
Actors Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, Jim Backus, William Windom
Rating62% 3.100593.100593.100593.100593.10059
At Medfield College, science buff Dexter Riley and his friends, including Richard Schuyler and Debbie Dawson, eavesdrop via a hidden walkie-talkie on a board meeting led by Dean Eugene Higgins, discussing the small college's continuing precarious finances. Later that afternoon, Professor Lufkin shows Higgins around the science lab where Dexter is working on an experiment with invisibility and another student, Druffle, explores the flight of bumblebees. That night, unknown to anyone, during a powerful thunderstorm, the roof of the lab is struck by lightning, sending a current of electricity down a metal beam and through Dexter's complex experiment components. The next day, as Dexter examines his burnt equipment with dismay, Higgins meets with A. J. Arno, a recently released prisoner, who had also purchased Medfield's mortgage. When Dexter accidentally drops one half of his glasses into a container of his experimental formula, it appears as if the substance destroys them, but upon closer examination, Dexter realizes the frames are merely partially invisible. After several excited tests, Dexter boldly places his fingers in the liquid and they disappear. Schuyler and Debbie arrive and are horrified to see Dexter with a partial hand, but Dexter insists Schuyler test the substance as well, admitting only afterward that he does not yet have an antidote.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1h53
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Association football films, Witches in film, Musical films, Political films, Children's films
Actors Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson
Rating69% 3.499783.499783.499783.499783.49978
The three Rawlins children, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul are evacuated from London during The Blitz to the remote village of Pepperinge Eye. They are placed in the reluctant care of Miss Eglantine Price, a reclusive woman who agrees to the arrangement temporarily. The children attempt to run away back to London, but change their minds after observing Miss Price attempting to fly on a broomstick. Miss Price reveals she is learning witchcraft through a correspondence school with hopes of using her spells in the British war effort, and offers the children a transportation spell in exchange for their silence. Miss Price casts the spell on a knob that the youngest child, Paul, has removed from the bed in the children’s shared bedroom, and she adds that only Paul can activate the spell.
The Million Dollar Duck, 1h29
Directed by Vincent McEveety, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Children's films
Actors Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, James Gregory, Lee Montgomery
Rating57% 2.85132.85132.85132.85132.8513
The film centers on the family of a scientist named Albert Dooley (Dean Jones) who struggles to pay the bills. His wife, Katie (Sandy Duncan) gets a recipe for applesauce wrong and gives it to her husband to take to work for lunch, hoping it will help cut down on the budget. In a humorous chain reaction, the duck Albert is testing steals the applesauce after Albert has thrown it away in the trash, and then wanders into a radiation lab and becomes irradiated. Albert is ordered to get rid of the duck, so he figures he can give it to his son, Jimmy (Lee Montgomery) who has been wanting a pet, only to discover it now lays eggs with solid gold yolks.
The Boatniks, 1h40
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Heist films, Children's films
Actors Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Wally Cox
Rating55% 2.754672.754672.754672.754672.75467
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Jordan (Joey Forman) responds to a number of pleas for help from civilian pleasure boat sailors off the coast of Southern California. This type of event is typical of what the Coast Guard deals with on a regular basis, and is one of the reasons why Jordan has requested to transfer to a new station. He is handing over the reins to Ensign Tom Garland (Robert Morse), a polite but remarkably clumsy fellow who will now report to Commander Taylor (Don Ameche), a man who fought in World War II with Garland's father and holds him in high regard.
Rascal (1969)
, 1h25
Directed by Norman Tokar, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy, Elsa Lanchester, Henry Jones, Bettye Ackerman, John Fiedler
Rating63% 3.187713.187713.187713.187713.18771
The movie is a dramatization of Sterling North's 1963 "memoir of a better era." Born near Edgerton, Wisconsin, North was a former literary editor for newspapers in Chicago and New York City. The movie relates a year in the life of young Sterling North (portrayed by Bill Mumy) and his "ringtailed wonder" pet raccoon, Rascal. Although set in Wisconsin, circa 1917, the movie was filmed in California.
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, 1h31
Directed by Robert Butler, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Films about computing, Films about television, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films
Actors Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, William Schallert, Alan Hewitt
Rating59% 2.9523852.9523852.9523852.9523852.952385
Dexter Reilly (Kurt Russell) and his friends attend small, private Medfield College, which cannot afford to buy a computer. The students persuade wealthy businessman A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero) to donate an old computer to the college. Arno is the secret head of a large illegal gambling ring, which used the computer for its operations.
Blackbeard's Ghost, 1h46
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Paul Cameron, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, Richard Deacon, Elliott Reid
Rating67% 3.3980153.3980153.3980153.3980153.398015
Steve Walker (Dean Jones) arrives in a North Carolina seacoast town to take the position of track coach at Godolphin College. The night of his arrival coincides with a charity bazaar at the hotel where he will be boarding — Blackbeard's Inn, named after the notorious English pirate Captain Edward Teach and now run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, elderly descendants of the pirate's crew. The owners are attempting to pay off their mortgage to keep the inn from being bought by the local crime boss, Silky Seymour (Joby Baker), who wants to build a casino on the land. Steve quickly discovers his track team's shortcomings and runs afoul of the dean of Godolphin College, its football coach, and Seymour. He also makes the acquaintance of attractive Godolphin professor Jo Anne Baker (Suzanne Pleshette), who is anxious to help the elderly ladies save Blackbeard's Inn.
The Love Bug, 1h48
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Christopher Hibler, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett, Johnny Flynn, Joe Flynn
Rating65% 3.25033.25033.25033.25033.2503
In 1968, Jim Douglas is a down-on-his luck racing driver, reduced to competing in demolition derby races against drivers half his age. Jim lives in an old fire house overlooking San Francisco Bay with his friend and mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz, a jolly Brooklynite who constantly extols the virtues of spiritual enlightenment, having spent time amongst Buddhist monks in Tibet, and builds "art" from car parts. After yet another race ends in a crash (and Tennessee turns his Edsel into a sculpture), Jim finds himself without a car and heads into town in search of some cheap wheels. He is enticed into an upmarket European car showroom after setting eyes on an attractive sales assistant, Carole Bennett. Jim witnesses the dealership's British owner, Peter Thorndyke, being unnecessarily abusive towards a white Volkswagen Beetle that rolls into the showroom, and defends the car's honor, much to Thorndyke's displeasure. The following morning Jim is shocked to find that the car is parked outside his house and that Thorndyke is pressing charges for grand theft. A heated argument between Jim and Thorndyke is settled when Carole persuades Thorndyke to drop the charges if Jim buys the car on a system of monthly payments.
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, 1h45
Directed by James Neilson, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Children's films
Actors Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Harry Guardino, Richard Haydn, Mike Mazurki
Rating63% 3.197813.197813.197813.197813.19781
Griffin est le majordome très propre sur lui d'un habitant de Boston, Jack Flagg. Mais lorsque Flagg décide de déménager pour la Californie lors de la Ruée vers l'or de 1949, Griffin le suit docilement.
The Gnome-Mobile, 1h30
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Paul Cameron, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Ed Wynn, Richard Deacon, Charles Lane
Rating63% 3.19573.19573.19573.19573.1957
The story opens with the children's grandfather, D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), a well-known executive officer of a vast timber-trading company. D.J. is an eccentric and passionate man with a distinctive snore, as well as vast dedication and determination. D.J. is going to Seattle to sell 50,000 acres of timberland. D.J. takes his personal, customized 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II on the trip. In a brief conversation with his Company Head of Security, Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), we learn that the car was purchased after D.J. earned his first US$1 million. His first stop is The Airport where he picks up his grandchildren Elizabeth (Karen Dotrice) and Rodney (Matthew Garber) who are to accompany D.J. on his trip to Seattle. The children ask about the Rolls, to them an unusual car, and D.J. compares the Rolls with his first car back in Ireland, a one horsepower "Jaunty Car".