Poster of the movie Superdad

Superdad is a 1974 live-action film by Walt Disney Productions starring Bob Crane, Kurt Russell, Barbara Rush, Kathleen Cody and Joe Flynn.


Charlie McCready is a worried father. His daughter, Wendy will be attending college in the fall, and he feels the crowd she's hanging out with has no ambition. He especially disapproves of her boyfriend and childhood sweetheart, Bart. He knows that Wendy's friends will all be attending the same college, so, he concocts a plan where Wendy will receive a scholarship to a different college. This college being the same one where his wife attended. All goes as planned. Wendy attends Huttington and sees less of her old crowd. Soon Charlie's plan backfires, Wendy discovers her fathers scholarship plan and becomes rebellious. When she starts dating a hippie artist, Charlie realizes he has made a big mistake and must do something before Wendy goes too far

Home viewing

After its theatrical release, it appeared on the Wonderful World of Disney anthology television series. To date it has not been widely released on DVD (made available exclusively to members of the Disney Movie Club in that format), but it did have a limited release on VHS. It was also recently released on iTunes.

In other media

Superdad was featured in the biographical film Auto Focus, with Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) seeing his role as the leading man in this Disney film as a way to revive his career following the retirement of his hit series Hogan's Heroes. Footage of the film is shown where Crane is on water skis (Kinnear in a re-shoot of that scene), along with a voice-over of how Superdad sat on the shelves for a year before flopping at the box office.


  • Bob Crane as Charlie McCready
  • Kurt Russell as Bart
  • Barbara Rush as Sue McCready
  • Joe Flynn as Cyrus Hershberger
  • Kathleen Cody as Wendy McCready
  • Joby Baker as Klutch
  • Dick Van Patten as Ira Kushaw
  • Bruno Kirby as Stanley
  • Judith Lowry as Mother Barlow
  • Ivor Francis as Dr. Skinner on TV
  • Jonathan Daly as Rev. Griffith
  • Naomi Stevens as Mrs. Levin
  • Nicholas Hammond as Roger Rhinehurst
  • Jack Manning as Justice of the Peace
  • Jim Wakefield as House Manager