Lady and the Tramp


1h 15m 1955

Brief Synopsis

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jul 1955
Premiere Information
Los Angeles and New York openings: 23 Jun 1955
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Film Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Lady and the Tramp; The Story of Two Dogs by Ward Greene (New York, 1953).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In an American city during the early 1900s, Jim Dear presents his new wife Darling with a cocker spaniel puppy in a hatbox. They name her "Lady" and furnish her with a bed in the spare room, but as soon as they retire to their bedroom, the lonely puppy cries. Despite Jim Dear's scolding and the huge staircase that she must surmount, Lady is determined to join them upstairs, and is soon allowed in their bed "just for tonight." Six months later, Lady is still allowed in the bed, and enjoys her pampered lifestyle with her beloved owners. One day, she is given a license and collar, and rushes to display her new finery to her neighborhood friends, Scottish terrier Jock and elderly hound Trusty. Both admire her "badge of respectability," and consider her life complete. Meanwhile, nearby a mongrel dog named Tramp enjoys a life of unfettered ease, disturbed only by the dogcatchers who impound all dogs without licenses. One day, when Tramp discovers his friends Peg, a Pekingese, and bulldog Bull in the dog wagon, he releases them and evades the dogcatcher by fleeing into Lady's upper-class neighborhood. There, Jock and Trusty are consoling Lady, who is convinced her owners no longer love her. After she describes their symptoms, which include knitting booties and acting skittishly, the older dogs realize that Darling is expecting and try to explain "the birds and the bees" to Lady. Just then, Tramp joins them and angers Lady by declaring that her humans will have only enough room in their hearts for the baby. Months pass, during which Lady's household readies for the baby, which arrives in April. Lady wonders what could be so special about the little boy until she sees him, after which she adores him as much as his parents do. The newly expanded family lives peacefully until one day Jim Dear and Darling decide to go away for the weekend and leave Aunt Sarah to baby-sit. Aunt Sarah, who has two wily Siamese cats, Si and Am, despises dogs and considers Lady a danger to the baby. After Si and Am wreak havoc in the living room, Lady tries to maintain order but receives only a scolding from Aunt Sarah. The next day, when Aunt Sarah brings Lady to a pet store and fits her with a muzzle, Lady recoils and races out of the shop. The muzzle and its attached leash attract the attention of three mean dogs, who chase her into an alleyway. There, Tramp spots the commotion and bravely rushes to Lady's defense. After chasing off the dogs, Tramp brings Lady to the zoo, which does not allow dogs, in order to find someone to remove the muzzle. At the gate, he cleverly creates a hubbub that allows them to slip inside unnoticed. They soon find a beaver, and when he declares himself too busy moving logs to help, Tramp declares the muzzle a "log puller" and convinces the beaver to bite it off of Lady's snout. Dubbing Lady "Pidge," Tramp shows her the city, singing the praises of his "footloose and collar free" lifestyle. He brings her to Joe's restaurant, where Joe, recognizing Lady's pedigree, prepares a romantic meal of spaghetti and meatballs. While enjoying their dinner, Lady and Tramp unintentionally begin eating opposite ends of the same piece of pasta, realizing only after their lips meet in an impromptu kiss. Later, they walk through the park in the moonlight and sleep in the open air. In the morning, Lady wants to rush home, but Tramp urges her to see the world with him. When Lady reluctantly insists that she must watch the baby, Tramp leads her home, but along the way convinces her to stop to chase some chickens. As a result, they are shot at by a farmer and, upon escaping into the street, Lady is captured by the dogcatchers. She is brought to the pound, where the other inmates admire her license, calling it "a passage to freedom." They are planning a prison break, hoping to avoid the fate of Nutsy, who is being put to sleep. Later, as the dogs discuss Tramp's womanizing, Peg states that if he were tamed by a woman, he would instantly become vulnerable to the dogcatcher. Aunt Sarah soon brings Lady home but ties her up in the doghouse outside. The next day, Tramp shows up just as Jock and Trusty are each proposing to Lady in order to furnish her with a kinder family. Lady turns her back on Tramp, more angry about his long list of girl friends than about her time in the pound. As Tramp retreats, Lady spots a rat scurrying through the yard and tries to attack it. Aunt Sarah hears her barking and opens the nursery window, inadvertently letting the rat inside. Tramp returns to help, rushing into the nursery, where he topples the cradle while killing the rat behind the window drape. Lady manages to break free and rushes upstairs to check on the baby, who is unharmed. Aunt Sarah, however, rushes in and disturbs the baby, then blames his crying on the dogs. She locks up Lady and calls the dogcatcher to impound Tramp. Just as Tramp is loaded into the wagon, Jim Dear and Darling return and free Lady, who shows them the body of the rat. Realizing that Tramp was protecting the baby, they take Lady in the car and follow the dogcatchers. At the same time, Jock and Trusty comprehend that they have misjudged Tramp and set off to stop the wagon, and even though Trusty long ago lost his sense of smell, he regains it now. He heroically tracks the wagon and knocks it over just as Lady arrives, but her joy in rescuing Tramp is tempered by seeing Trusty pinned under the wagon's wheel. Months later, Lady and Tramp are not only married but the proud parents of four puppies. They, along with Jim Dear and Darling and the baby, are thrilled to receive a visit from Jock and Trusty, who is now sporting a leg cast.

Crew

Ed Aardal

Character anim

Hal Ambro

Character anim

Ken Anderson

Layout

Dick Anthony

Backgrounds

Bill Bosche

Layout

Sonny Burke

Composer

Bruce Bushman

Backgrounds

Colin Campbell

Layout

Jack Campbell

Character anim

Bob Carlson

Character anim

Les Clark

Director anim

Eric Cleworth

Character anim

Claude Coats

Backgrounds

Tom Codrick

Layout

Robert O. Cook

Sound Recording

Don Da Gradi

Story

Al Dempster

Backgrounds

Walt Disney

Presented By

Eyvind Earle

Backgrounds

Sidney Fine

Orchestration

Hugh Fraser

Character anim

John Freeman

Character anim

Don Griffith

Layout

Victor Haboush

Layout

Don Halliday

Film Editor

Jerry Hathcock

Character anim

Hugh Hennesy

Layout

Ray Huffine

Backgrounds

Ralph Hulett

Backgrounds

Ub Iwerks

Special processes

Ollie Johnston

Director anim

Milt Kahl

Director anim

Evelyn Kennedy

Music Editor

Hal King

Director anim

George Kreisl

Character anim

Eric Larson

Director anim

Peggy Lee

Composer

John Lounsbery

Director anim

Don Lusk

Character anim

Brice Mack

Backgrounds

Dan Macmanus

Effects anim

George Nicholas

Character anim

Lance Nolley

Layout

Cliff Nordberg

Character anim

Ken O'brien

Character anim

A. Kendall O'connor

Layout

Erdman Penner

Associate Producer

Erdman Penner

Story

Edward Plumb

Orchestration

Thor Putnam

Layout

John Rarig

Vocal Arrangements

Wolfgang Reitherman

Director anim

Joe Rinaldi

Story

George Rowley

Effects anim

Jacques Ruff

Layout

John Sibley

Character anim

C. O. Slyfield

Sound Director

Harold J. Steck

Sound Recording

Mclaren Stewart

Layout

Frank Thomas

Director anim

Harvey Toombs

Character anim

Jimi Trout

Backgrounds

Oliver Wallace

Music Score

Thelma Witmer

Backgrounds

Marvin Woodward

Character anim

Ralph Wright

Story

Al Zinnen

Layout

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jul 1955
Premiere Information
Los Angeles and New York openings: 23 Jun 1955
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Film Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Lady and the Tramp; The Story of Two Dogs by Ward Greene (New York, 1953).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 2.35 : 1

Articles

Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition) - Walt Disney's LADY AND THE TRAMP on DVD


One of Disney's most beloved animated features returns to DVD in a spectacular new 2-Disc Platinum Edition. Lady and the Tramp was one of Disney's initial releases to DVD, when the company simply wasn't committed to the format and its possibilities. The film had not been restored, and the transfer itself was non-anamorphic widescreen on a disc that was devoid of features (and sold at a premium price). But the company has long since embraced the format, and Disney is re-releasing film's most famous doggie love story to celebrate the film's 50th Anniversary.

Young turn-of-the-century married couple "Jim Dear" and "Darling," (which is the only way they refer to each other throughout the film) are celebrating Christmas when Jim Dear presents Darling with a hat box that contains a beautiful, pure-bred cocker spaniel puppy. Darling immediately nicknames her Lady and an idyllic new life begins for the puppy. For a while, Lady is the center of attention but when the couple have a baby, everything changes.

The couple then bring in their Aunt Sarah (voiced by Disney favorite Verna Felton) to baby-sit while they take a brief trip, and she brings along her pets: the two most evil cats to shed across the silver screen. In one of the film's most memorable sequences, Si and Am release themselves from their cat carrier and within minutes have wreaked havoc across the first floor, for which Lady naturally gets blamed. The next day Aunt Sarah takes Lady to the pet store to buy her a muzzle. The store owner has just fitted the device on her snout, when Lady breaks away and flees the store (whose front door has been stupidly left open). She makes it quite a distance away when she meets Tramp (whom she has encountered on one other occasion), a happy-go-lucky mutt who realizes her plight immediately and sets out to get the muzzle off her (which he accomplishes with the help of a beaver (voiced by Stan Freberg).

Taking Lady under his wing, Tramp takes it upon himself to show her all of the joys of freedom. But Aunt Sarah continues to pose a threat to the dogs as do other assorted villains such as the dogcatcher. Luckily, there’s a happy ending in store after many trials and tribulations.

Lady and the Tramp is a remarkably romantic movie, especially when you consider that it's about dogs. But the combination of a well thought out story and strong characterizations yield great results. Add to that the lovely songs by Miss Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, and you have an irresistible, unforgettable love story. Lee also provides the voices of Darling, Peg, Si and Am (her duet with herself on "The Siamese Cat Song" is simply hilarious).

The new digital restoration of the film has resulted in a master source that is flawless, and a transfer that is simply stunning. Colors are eye-poppingly lush, with rich blacks and pure contrast. And the audio is equally strong, with full-bodied tone and deep bass.

As with the rest of the Platinum Editions, the supplemental disc is literally stuffed with extras, including deleted scenes, original storyboards, "Lady's Pedigree: The Making of Lady and the Tramp" – a lengthy documentary on the making of the film: along with this is hours of supplements, including games, music videos, and a "PuppyPedia" where you can learn about the breeds of the dogs featured in the film.

There is, unfortunately, one major disappointment: Lady and the Tramp made history as the first feature-length animated film to be shot in Cinemascope. At the time, there were not enough theaters equipped for the format to make the film very profitable. So, Disney shot the film both in the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, and simultaneously at Academy ratio. For some incomprehensible reason, Disney has included a Full Screen version of the film, but not the one that they actually shot in full screen. They have panned and scanned the film. Truly a pity (even though I think full screen editions of widescreen films on DVD have become superfluous).

Despite this, the 50th Anniversary release of Lady and the Tramp is not-to-be-missed.

For more information about Lady and the Tramp, visit Disney DVD & Video. To order Lady and the Tramp, go to TCM Shopping.

by Fred Hunter
Lady And The Tramp (50Th Anniversary Edition) - Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp On Dvd

Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition) - Walt Disney's LADY AND THE TRAMP on DVD

One of Disney's most beloved animated features returns to DVD in a spectacular new 2-Disc Platinum Edition. Lady and the Tramp was one of Disney's initial releases to DVD, when the company simply wasn't committed to the format and its possibilities. The film had not been restored, and the transfer itself was non-anamorphic widescreen on a disc that was devoid of features (and sold at a premium price). But the company has long since embraced the format, and Disney is re-releasing film's most famous doggie love story to celebrate the film's 50th Anniversary. Young turn-of-the-century married couple "Jim Dear" and "Darling," (which is the only way they refer to each other throughout the film) are celebrating Christmas when Jim Dear presents Darling with a hat box that contains a beautiful, pure-bred cocker spaniel puppy. Darling immediately nicknames her Lady and an idyllic new life begins for the puppy. For a while, Lady is the center of attention but when the couple have a baby, everything changes. The couple then bring in their Aunt Sarah (voiced by Disney favorite Verna Felton) to baby-sit while they take a brief trip, and she brings along her pets: the two most evil cats to shed across the silver screen. In one of the film's most memorable sequences, Si and Am release themselves from their cat carrier and within minutes have wreaked havoc across the first floor, for which Lady naturally gets blamed. The next day Aunt Sarah takes Lady to the pet store to buy her a muzzle. The store owner has just fitted the device on her snout, when Lady breaks away and flees the store (whose front door has been stupidly left open). She makes it quite a distance away when she meets Tramp (whom she has encountered on one other occasion), a happy-go-lucky mutt who realizes her plight immediately and sets out to get the muzzle off her (which he accomplishes with the help of a beaver (voiced by Stan Freberg). Taking Lady under his wing, Tramp takes it upon himself to show her all of the joys of freedom. But Aunt Sarah continues to pose a threat to the dogs as do other assorted villains such as the dogcatcher. Luckily, there’s a happy ending in store after many trials and tribulations. Lady and the Tramp is a remarkably romantic movie, especially when you consider that it's about dogs. But the combination of a well thought out story and strong characterizations yield great results. Add to that the lovely songs by Miss Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, and you have an irresistible, unforgettable love story. Lee also provides the voices of Darling, Peg, Si and Am (her duet with herself on "The Siamese Cat Song" is simply hilarious). The new digital restoration of the film has resulted in a master source that is flawless, and a transfer that is simply stunning. Colors are eye-poppingly lush, with rich blacks and pure contrast. And the audio is equally strong, with full-bodied tone and deep bass. As with the rest of the Platinum Editions, the supplemental disc is literally stuffed with extras, including deleted scenes, original storyboards, "Lady's Pedigree: The Making of Lady and the Tramp" – a lengthy documentary on the making of the film: along with this is hours of supplements, including games, music videos, and a "PuppyPedia" where you can learn about the breeds of the dogs featured in the film. There is, unfortunately, one major disappointment: Lady and the Tramp made history as the first feature-length animated film to be shot in Cinemascope. At the time, there were not enough theaters equipped for the format to make the film very profitable. So, Disney shot the film both in the aspect ratio of 2.55:1, and simultaneously at Academy ratio. For some incomprehensible reason, Disney has included a Full Screen version of the film, but not the one that they actually shot in full screen. They have panned and scanned the film. Truly a pity (even though I think full screen editions of widescreen films on DVD have become superfluous). Despite this, the 50th Anniversary release of Lady and the Tramp is not-to-be-missed. For more information about Lady and the Tramp, visit Disney DVD & Video. To order Lady and the Tramp, go to TCM Shopping. by Fred Hunter

Frank Thomas (1912-2004)


Legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas, whose work ranged from such '30s classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to equally acclaimed modern hits like The Rescuers, died on September 8 in his home in Flintridge, California. He had been in declining health since suffering a brain hemorrhage several months ago. He was 92.

He was born on September 5, 1912 in Santa Monica, California. He showed an interest in art and drawing at a very young age, so it came as no surprise when he graduated from Stanford University in 1934 with a degree in art. Soon after, he began work for Walt Disney Studios and did his first animation for the short Mickey's Elephant in 1936, and was one of the key animators for the studios' first, feature-length animated picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). His memorable creations of the seven dwarfs offered an emotional sweep and humorous detail to animated characters that audiences had never experienced before, and his career was set.

Thomas' work from this point on would be nothing short of the high watermarks in Disney animation that is justly cherished the world over: the title character in Pinocchio, (1940); Thumper teaching Bambi to skate in Bambi (1941); the wicked stepmother in Cinderella (1950), the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (1951), the terrific fight sequence between Captain Hook and Peter Pan in Peter Pan (1953); the Lady and Rover falling in love over a dish of spaghetti and meatballs in Lady and the Tramp (1955); the three good fairies in Sleeping Beauty (1959); Baloo, Mowgli and Kaa in The Jungle Book (1967); and his final work of Bernard and Bianca in the underrated The Rescuers (1977).

Thomas retired from Disney in early 1978, ending a near 44-year relationship with the studio. With longtime friend, and fellow Disney collaborator Ollie Johnston, they went on to author many fine books about the art of animation, most notably Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (Hyperian Press, 1978) and The Disney Villain (Hyperion Press, 1993). He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanette; sons Thomas, Doug and Gregg; daughter Ann Ayers; and three grandchildren.

by Michael T. Toole

Frank Thomas (1912-2004)

Legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas, whose work ranged from such '30s classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to equally acclaimed modern hits like The Rescuers, died on September 8 in his home in Flintridge, California. He had been in declining health since suffering a brain hemorrhage several months ago. He was 92. He was born on September 5, 1912 in Santa Monica, California. He showed an interest in art and drawing at a very young age, so it came as no surprise when he graduated from Stanford University in 1934 with a degree in art. Soon after, he began work for Walt Disney Studios and did his first animation for the short Mickey's Elephant in 1936, and was one of the key animators for the studios' first, feature-length animated picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). His memorable creations of the seven dwarfs offered an emotional sweep and humorous detail to animated characters that audiences had never experienced before, and his career was set. Thomas' work from this point on would be nothing short of the high watermarks in Disney animation that is justly cherished the world over: the title character in Pinocchio, (1940); Thumper teaching Bambi to skate in Bambi (1941); the wicked stepmother in Cinderella (1950), the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (1951), the terrific fight sequence between Captain Hook and Peter Pan in Peter Pan (1953); the Lady and Rover falling in love over a dish of spaghetti and meatballs in Lady and the Tramp (1955); the three good fairies in Sleeping Beauty (1959); Baloo, Mowgli and Kaa in The Jungle Book (1967); and his final work of Bernard and Bianca in the underrated The Rescuers (1977). Thomas retired from Disney in early 1978, ending a near 44-year relationship with the studio. With longtime friend, and fellow Disney collaborator Ollie Johnston, they went on to author many fine books about the art of animation, most notably Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (Hyperian Press, 1978) and The Disney Villain (Hyperion Press, 1993). He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanette; sons Thomas, Doug and Gregg; daughter Ann Ayers; and three grandchildren. by Michael T. Toole

Quotes

What's a baby?
- Lady
Well, they... they resemble humans.
- Jock
But I'd say a mite smaller.
- Trusty
Aye, and they walk on all fours.
- Jock
And if I remember correctly... they beller a lot.
- Trusty
What a dog!
- Peg
Well! Snob Hill.
- Tramp
There comes a time in the life of all humans when uh... well as they put it... uh, the birds and the bees? Or well... uh... the stork? You know? Uh, no...
- Trusty
That's right, Miss Lady; as my grandpappy, Ol' Reliable used to say... I don't recollect that I've ever mentioned Ol' Reliable before?
- Trusty
Aye, ye have, laddie. Frequently.
- Jock
We are Siamese if you please. We are Siamese if you don't please.
- Si

Trivia

'Peggy Lee' later sued Disney for breach of contract claiming that she still retained rights to the transcripts. She was awarded $2.3m, but not without a lengthy legal battle with the studio which was finally settled in 1991.

In the climax of the picture, Jock and Trusty bring down the dog catcher's wagon, with Tramp inside. After this, Jock discovers that Trusty has been injured and pinned under the wagon. Jock is very sad because Trusty was originally supposed to die in this scene. That is why Jock nudges him and he does not rouse. When Walt Disney viewed this scene, he was shocked. Walt did not want a repeat of the traumatic scene in Bambi (1942). He thought it was too intense. Walt then made the animators put Trusty into the end Christmas scene to reassure the audience that Trusty was simply knocked out and injured in the previous scene.

The first feature-length animated movie to be made in widescreen (2.35:1). Made simultaneously in both a widescreen CinemaScope version and a standard Academy ratio version.

"Darling's" real name is never used, even her friends call her "darling" at the baby shower. It is unclear if that's her name or an endearment

Though it is partially based on a story called "Happy, the Whistling Dog", this is considered the first fully-original Disney animated story.

The mischievous young puppy at the end of the film (the one who resembles his father, Tramp) is called "Scamp". He was featured in a children's book and, in 2001, his own direct-to-video film.

Notes

The opening cast credits are preceded by the phrase, "With the talents of." The story begins with the following written foreword: "`In the whole history of the world there is but one thing money can not buy... to wit-the wag of a dog's tail.' ¿Josh Billings. So it is to all dogs-be they Ladies or Tramps that this picture is respectfully dedicated." Billings was the pen name of nineteenth-century humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw.
       The following information is taken from studio press materials, unless otherwise noted: The inspiration for Lady and the Tramp came in 1925 when Walt Disney presented his wife with a cocker spaniel puppy in a hatbox. Although originally conceived of as a short film, by 1942, according to a April 10, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio was already working on storylines for a feature-length version of Lady and the Tramp. Modern sources state that Frank Tashlin and Sam Cobean worked on a version of the story in the early 1940s. At that point, the story centered on the character of "Lady," but subsequent versions included a mongrel male dog character named, at different times, Homer, Rags, and Bozo. A June 1943 storyboard included Lady, Bozo, Siamese cats named Nip and Tuck, and a rat. Later in 1943, Disney read a story in Cosmopolitan magazine by King Features Syndicate general manger Ward Greene, entitled "Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog," and hired Greene to write the "Dan" character into his film. As a result, Greene created "Tramp," and published the novel on which the film was based, Lady and the Tramp; The Story of Two Dogs, in 1953.
       In the meantime, with the advent of World War II, the studio shelved all fiction films in order to focus on production of war-related films for the government, and the feature was not worked on again until 1952, at which point a June 29, 1952 New York Times article noted that the budget was set for $2.5 million. The final cost of the film reached $4 million. More than 150 animators worked for four years on the film, creating approximately two million drawings. Artists built a complete miniature replica of Lady's home, a Victorian Gothic mansion, furnished and decorated exactly as seen in the final drawings. With this set, animators were able to choose unusual "camera" angles and to determine the point-of-view perspective of a small dog.
       "Peg," the Pekingese, was originally named "Mame" in reference to her prominent bangs, which reminded animators of current First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. To avoid offending Mrs. Eisenhower, Disney changed the dog's name to honor singer Peggy Lee, who inspired the sultry character's personality and provided her voice, as well as that of "Darling, "Si" and "Am." The model for Lady was a cocker spaniel named Blondie that belonged to actress Verna Felton, the voice of "Aunt Sarah." Tramp's model was a female mutt rescued from the local pound. Felton's son, Lee Millar, played "Jim Dear."
       Lady and the Tramp marked Disney's first feature cartoon based on an original story rather than a classic, as well as the first ever animated feature to be shot in CinemaScope. Disney promoted the film on his television series, Disneyland, by including footage on programs broadcast on December 1, 1954 and February 16, 1955. Although critical reception to the released film was lukewarm, audiences loved it, and Lady and the Tramp has since become one of Disney's most beloved classics. As noted in a October 1, 1956 Los Angeles Times article, Italy honored the film with the David di Donatello award for highest excellence in motion-picture production. Since its release, the scene in which Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti has often been included in montages of great moments in American film history, as well as being parodied in various comedies.
       The picture was re-released in 1971 and again in 1980 for its twenty-fifth anniversary. In December 1987, Disney released the first videotape version of the picture. A November 17, 1988 Hollywood Reporter article reports that by the following year it had grossed over $90 million, making it the third largest-grossing video to that time. On November 16, 1988, according to the Hollywood Reporter article, Lee sued the studio for $25 million for breach of her 1952 contract, which prohibited "phonograph recordings and/or transcriptions" of the songs she wrote for the film without her permission. The lawsuit, which asked for a portion of the videotape's profits, was considered a potential landmark ruling in the marketing of current technologies such as videotape, which had not been invented at the time of the original contract. On April 11, 1990, Variety reported that Lee had won a summary judgment in the suit and would ask for $12.5 million. Although Hollywood Reporter noted on March 13, 1991 that Disney's lawyers asked for a mistrial after Lee's lawyer told the jury that another star had also sued the studio over video rights, the mistrial was not allowed. The Wall Street Journal announced on March 21, 1991 that Lee had won the suit. According to that article, although the jury awarded cumulative damages of $3.8 million, the judge ruled that only the largest single award, that of $2.3 million, could be counted. On April 17, 1991, as noted in a The Wall Street Journal news item, Disney stated they would appeal the verdict, but on October 8, 1992, according to a Los Angeles Times news item, a California Court of Appeal upheld the initial judgment.
       As noted in a June 9, 1997 Variety article, Buena Vista reissued Lady and the Tramp in Italy on June 5, 1997, under the title Lillie e il vagabondo, with a completely redubbed dialogue track that featured actors Margherita Buy, Claudio Amendola, Nancy Brilli, Riccardo Garrone and Marco Columbro. On February 27, 2001 the studio released a straight-to-video sequel entitled Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventures, which starred Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano.

Miscellaneous Notes

Re-released in United States September 22, 1962

Re-released in United States December 17, 1971

Re-released in United States March 7, 1980

Re-released in United States December 19, 1986

Released in United States May 7, 1988

Released in United States 1998

Shown at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as part of program "Twentieth Century Fox and the Golden Age of CinemaScope" July 3 - August 15, 1998.

Shown at WideScreen Film Festival in Long Beach, California October 23-25 and October 30 - November 1, 1998.

Film was one of the top three grossing pictures of the 1950s.

CinemaScope

Released in United States Summer June 22, 1955

Re-released in United States September 22, 1962

Re-released in United States December 17, 1971

Re-released in United States March 7, 1980

Re-released in United States December 19, 1986

Released in United States May 7, 1988 (Premiered on network television over The Disney Channel May 7, 1988.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as part of program "Twentieth Century Fox and the Golden Age of CinemaScope" July 3 - August 15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at WideScreen Film Festival in Long Beach, California October 23-25 and October 30 - November 1, 1998.)

Released in United States Summer June 22, 1955