Herbie Rides Again

Herbie Rides Again

Synopsis of Movie

The action moved from the race track to the streets of San Francisco for this follow-up to the 1969 blockbuster The Love Bug. Herbie Rides Again not only brought back the sentient, loveable VW Bug Herbie, but the film also featured the return of Alonzo Hawk, villain of Disney’s The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. Keenan Wynn reprised the role he had created in the two “flubber” films.

This time, the scheming Hawk is trying to build a gigantic skyscraper in downtown S.F. The last remaining obstacle is feisty widow Mrs. Steinmetz, who owns an old firehouse on the intended site. Steinmetz’s equally-feisty niece, Nicole Harris, joins her aunt in the fight. Hawk has the money and the henchmen, but the ladies have an ace up their sleeve: Herbie, the precocious and fearless VW Bug.

Willoughby Whitfield, Hawk’s nephew and lawyer, switches over to team Steinmetz when he falls in love with Nicole, but even with the three humans and one car working together, Hawk is simply too powerful. But rest easy, little ones, because Herbie has friends. Powerful friends. Volkswagon friends. The united Bugs of San Francisco turn up for a climactic battle with Hawk’s bulldozers, winners take all.

Rather than simply remaking The Love Bug, Disney created a completely different movie, similar only in its light, slapstick tone. Faced with the question of, “Yeah, but what else do you do with an intelligent car?” the moviemakers turned the zany dial up a notch, throwing in bits like an Alonzo Hawk nightmare with Herbie as a stalking warrior. The wacky comedy went over big, as evidenced by the filming of two more sequels.

Movie Release History

1969 - The Love Bug
1974 - Herbie Rides Again
1977 - Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
1980 - Herbie Goes Bananas

Movie Sub Categories

live-action
comedy
disney

Movie Studio

Disney

Cast

Mrs. Steinmetz Helen Hayes
Alonzo Hawk Keenan Wynn
Nicole Harris Stefanie Powers
Willoughby Whitfield Ken Berry
Lawyer Raymond Bailey
Chauffeur Ivor Barry
Unknown Beverly Carter
Secretary Elaine Devry
Doctor Liam Dunn
Judge Huntz Hall
Sir Lancelot Hank Jones
Loostgarten Chuck McCann
Red Knight Rod McCary
Mr. Judson John McIntire
Unknown Alvy Moore
Taxi Driver Vito Scotti
Traffic Commissioner Richard X. Slattery
Lawyer Dan Tobin

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