The film: Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
Why you should see it: Dean Jones (him again – told you Disney loved using him) is Hank Dussard, an American who inherits a French vineyard.
Despite advice from the local cleric (Maurice Chevalier), he decides to make a go of it. And as cheap labour he hires… Four chimps from NASA’s space program. Because that makes sense.
Predictably, hilarity ensues.
Where are they now? Singer Chevalier made a few more stabs at acting, though we’re pretty sure Monkeys might have put him off for the rest of his life. Which lasted until 1972.
Fellow thesp Darleen Carr has since gone on to mostly voice-over work, and was last heard on The Secret Of NIMH 2: Timmy To The Rescue. Oooh... High profile!
How it could be remade: Tricky. Everyone loves monkeys – sorry, chimps, since they were clearly chimpanzees – but it’s hardly much to work with.
Still, it’s easily one of the lesser-known Disney films (for very good reason), so it would benefit from a radical overhaul.
It’ll become an emotionally crushing drama about dispirating European attitudes to immigration from Alejandro González Iñárritu.
With Dwayne Johnson. As a grim immigration officer torn between his duty and his desire to see all chimps happily integrated into France. Written by The Daily Mail.