The Incredible Mr. Limpet, The (1964): Lubin’s Live-Action/Animated Comedy, Starring Don Knotts

The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a blend of live-action and animated comedy, is based on the 1942 novel, “Mr. Limpet by Theodore Pratt.”

The tale concerns a man named Henry Limpet (well played by Don Knotts), who turns into a talking fish resembling a tilefish, thus helping the U.S. Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines.

The live action was directed by Arthur Lubin, and the animation by Bill Tytla, Robert McKimson, Hawley Pratt, and Gerry Chiniquy.

The songs by Sammy Fain, in collaboration with Harold Adamson, include “I Wish I Were a Fish,” “Be Careful How You Wish,” and “Deep Rapture.”


Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by John C. Rose
Written by Joe DiMona, Jameson Brewer, John C. Rose, based on the novel, “Mr Limpet by Theodore Pratt.”
Music by Frank Perkins
Cinematography: Harold E. Stine
Edited by Donald Tait
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date: March 28, 1964
Running time: 99 minutes