One of the most successful Disney productions ever, this was the first in the series of films that starred Herbie, a cute little Volkswagen with a mind of its own. In this installment, unsuccessful race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) rescues Herbie from Thorndyke (David Tomlinson), a slick driver who mistreats the little car. The car takes to Jim and begins winning races for him without the man behind the steering wheel ever realizing Herbie's special attributes. Thorndyke becomes jealous of Jim's success and continually tries to buy Herbie back. No way. The entire cast give standout performances, but Herbie steals the show in this well-directed, funny picture.