Herbie Rides Again!
June 6, 1974
In San Francisco, Alonzo Hawk's dream of building a skyscraper in his name
is thwarted by Grandma Steinmetz, who sits stubbornly in her firehouse
home on the property he needs. Hawk sends his nephew, Willoughby, to charm
Mrs. Steinmetz who, along with a beautiful airline hostess boarder and the
magical Volkswagen Herbie, convinces him to stay out of the whole mess. After
many chases and confrontations, Herbie emerges victorious, and both Mrs.
Steinmetz and Willoughby find romance.
This first sequel to the Disney favorite THE LOVE BUG was filmed on
location in San Francisco in an obsolete cable car at the Garden Court of the
Sheraton Palace Hotel and on the Golden Gate Bridge. While the cast was quite
different from the first film, the car, Herbie -- a 1963 sunroof model 1200
Volkswagen -- was the same.
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.