This is the original Pete's Dragon, and it is a bonafide musical. I really enjoy musicals so I have to give this movie the nod as to the best Pete's Dragon. Nora (Helen Reddy) lives with her father (Mickey Rooney) where the tend a light house. The come upon an orphan boy who is running from his adoptive parents, who mean for him to do their work and they are abusive to him. Mrs. Gagon, the mother is portrayed by Shelley Winters. The other two character are a shyster doctor (Jim Dale) and his assistant (Red Buttons). When the doctor gets word of a dragon he is determined to catch him and chop him up so he can use every bit. There is plenty to like with this movie, but it is another one of those bad adoption stories. However the relationship between Nora and Pete is sweet. She is able to become his new mother.
Reddy sings a very popular song, "Candle on the Water:"
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